Showing posts with label Refresh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Refresh. Show all posts

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Come on, Legion family! 

Where are the votes?

Job Fairs for Veterans is competing
for a $250,000 grant.
Voting ends Sept. 30.

You can vote every day.
This project is at 96 now.

Remember to VOTE EACH DAY!

This is for our veterans, let's get with the program!

Click here to vote. Do it NOW!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Legion pursues Pepsi grant for vet jobs
The American Legion - July 31, 2010

(Left to Right) SFC Thomas Cross and MSG Bryan Wagner
speak with Ardina Fox and Bella Taylor, recruiters for
Northrop Grumman Technical Services. Noel St. John

As one of its founding pillars, The American Legion has long been committed to helping separating servicemembers reintegrate into civilian life. Included in that is a dedication to help veterans find rewarding jobs and business opportunities. A Legion commitment that dates back to World War I, career support for veterans has evolved in recent decades, and nearly 140 Legion-affiliated events – business workshops, job fairs and career expos – are conducted each year.

In a struggling economy that has been particularly tough on veterans, the need to find employment for the men and women who served our country has never been greater. That’s why The American Legion is trying to greatly increase the number of veteran career events it produces or supports. Pepsi’s Refresh Project contest presents the perfect opportunity.

The Legion will re-enter the Pepsi Refresh Project contest for the month of August with its veterans career fairs initiative as the beneficiary. Voting officially begins Aug. 1 at 12:01 a.m. EST. The contest, which the Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program won in February, will award a $250,000 grant to the first-place finisher. Funds from the February award are still being used to give wounded warriors items like sweatsuits, DVD players, therapeutic athletic equipment and duffle bags. Should the Legion win again, the money will be used to fund nearly 1,000 career fairs, which will provide veterans, service members and their families with everything from on-site job interviews to resume-writing assistance. It costs nothing to cast a daily vote for the Legion’s job fairs initiative through the month.

Undoubtedly, the need to employ veterans has never been greater. An estimated one-fifth of the nation’s homeless population has a background of military service. Around 107,000 veterans are on the street on any given night and twice as many experience a similar hardship at some point each year. Many other veterans, particularly those who are ages 18 to 24, are considered near homeless or at risk of it because of income-related issues.

The unemployment numbers for former service members, particularly young ones, are equally concerning. The unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan swelled to 21.1 percent last year - up 7 percent from 2008. The number was also well above the 16.6-percent unemployment rate for non-veterans of roughly the same ages, 18 to 24.
Visit the Pepsi Refresh Web site and cast your vote daily. Spread the news of our voting efforts with social media tools like Twitter and Facebook. Help us help the men and women have served so unselfishly!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

It’s official: Legion wins Pepsi contest

The people voted and the troops won. PepsiCo has officially announced that The American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors will be awarded a $250,000 grant from the soft drink giant after finishing first in voting during February's Refresh Everything Project.
Internet voters were able to choose which of 729 competing charities would receive grants of $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 or $250,000. The top three finishers in the $250,000 category are receiving the grants.

"There are so many people to thank, I don't know where to begin," American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill said. "First, I want to thank Pepsi and its charitable Global Giving Foundation. Then I want to thank The American Legion members, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion members and Legion Riders who supported us by spreading the word and voting. In fact, I want to thank everybody who voted for Operation Comfort Warriors. This was truly a national grassroots effort. Most of all, I want to thank our troops, who go into harm's way for us every day. It is their sacrifice that makes it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms we all share."

Since December 2008, the American Legion family has raised funds for Operation Comfort Warriors, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded military personnel, providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. OCW ensures that patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards and more. The American Legion pays all administrative costs for the program, meaning 100 percent of the donations, including the grant money, will go directly to purchasing items for the troops.

For more on Operation Comfort Warriors, visit

Monday, February 8, 2010


Pepsi Refresh Project - Good Luck!

Legion Family,

The American Legion family has raised more than $300,000 to purchase comfort items for U.S. troops recovering in hospitals and warrior transition units around the globe. Now we have the opportunity to nearly double what was raised. Pepsi Cola is offering a $250,000 grant to the top two charities (based on votes) as part of its  Pepsi Refresh project. There are 729 charities competing and as of Feb. 1, Operation Comfort Warriors is 21st  in votes.

All overhead and administrative costs for Operation Comfort Warriors is paid for by The American Legion, meaning 100 percent of donations go toward helping the troops. If OCW were to receive the Pepsi grant, that money would also go entirely to the troops. Please go to and vote.

Just as importantly, use your post and department newspapers, facebook pages, web sites, twitter and all other tools at your disposal to encourage others to vote for this great cause.

The refresheverything grant can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of our disabled troops.

If you have any questions about OCW, please feel free to call Communications Director John Raughter at (317)630-1350 of visit

Thank you for your support,
Dan Wheeler
National Adjutant