Check out Bipartisan LEGION Act introduced in the Senate | The American Legion

 Check out Bipartisan LEGION Act introduced in the Senate |  link below

This will passed this year, this will hurt AMVETS, click on link below
The American Legion has money for TV, radio, post, states recruitment programs, AMVETS has money in the Life Membership fund that could be use to recruit new members
Legion has a monthly magazine which is very good, AMVETS has none, Our magazine was our Star-ship
Each year, AMVETS get voted down in Free Membership , Legion is going to offer free membership when this is passed during Memorial or Veteran holidays- week long,
Free membership help, if 20% paid their second year annual dues, it a success. Bonus if they become Life Membership
AMVETS Post’s will be closing down when our annual members  can join legion 

Legion has more member discounts too,
Look at the last 3 years -AMVETS annual members that has not paid their dues,  how many new members joined AMVETS in the last 3 yearswe occurred a negative on the above

We should offer Free membership now during Memorial Day, ramp up membership incentive programsNEC should vote yes for free membership, Don’t wait for the Convention,We need to shift funds from the Life Membership to National Membership to promote and recruit new members

Taking money each year from Life Membership for Heal team, national budget is not good, we need more money for membership recruitment

 Desert storm veterans age group is 50- 6o years old, how many has join us? Many veterans and elected officials  has never heard of AMVETS, but they know the legion and VFW
Our NJ AMVETS post 911 since Aug,recruited 59 new members, If our post can do it, other can do
Our ship is taking on water, can we save it?

Bipartisan LEGION Act introduced in the Senate | The American Legion

A bill expanding membership eligibility for the American Legion was filed last week in the Senate. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also known as the LEGION Act — is a bipartisan effort introduced by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Because the American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The act expands membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II.

“Nearly 1,600 brave American men and women were killed or wounded since World War II, while defending our nation during times not officially recognized as periods of war by the U.S. government,” American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad said. “These veterans are unable to receive some of the benefits and recognition available to their counterparts who served during official wartime periods.

“Because The American Legion is congressionally chartered, we are unable to welcome many of these veterans as members of the nation’s largest veterans organization. It is fitting that during the 100th anniversary of the founding of The American Legion, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Thom Tillis are introducing the LEGION Act, bipartisan legislation that will recognize all veterans who served honorably since the start of World War II, while also fostering growth within the veteran community. Moreover, we salute Sen. Sinema for making this the first bill that she has introduced as a newly elected U.S. senator. We hope that the American people will encourage all members of Congress to support the LEGION Act. It is an appropriate ‘thank you’ to those who served.”

“The American Legion provides critical resources to our veterans, but currently, only veterans who served during formally recognized conflicts can belong to the Legion,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “That restriction leaves out thousands of former American servicemembers who signed up to defend our country. Our legislation rights this wrong and ensures veterans have the opportunity to join the American Legion.”

Bipartisan LEGION Act introduced in the Senate

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