Thursday, May 16, 2013

A moment in time

What volunteer program that helps 

veterans has the Legion been part of

since 1946?








The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program. In 1946, the Legion, along with other veterans service organizations and related organizations, met in Washington with VA officials. What came out of those meetings was a blueprint for local volunteer participation in activities meant to help veterans under VA care.

Today, VA describes it as "one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the federal government," with more than 350 supporting organizations. One of those is still the Legion. Nearly 7,000 volunteers serve 900,000 hours annually at various VA medical centers, community-based outpatient centers, vet centers, nursing homes, state veterans homes and other facilities. Legion involvement stretches from the national level (representatives in VA facilities), to the post and even the individual level. Learn more about how the Legion supports VAVS here


Saturday, May 11, 2013


"and I won't forget the men who died,
and gave this right to me...
And I'll gladly stand up next to you 
and defend her still today
‘ Cause there ain’t no doubt 
I love this land
God bless the USA..."


Please read and look at these videos of the latest American Legion Oratorical winners:

Missouri youth named 76th Oratorical champion 

Agnes Rieger of Kansas City, Mo., was crowned the 2013 champion of The American Legion’s 76th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, "A Constitutional Speech Contest," April 21 in Indianapolis. Rieger’s winning oration, “Let’s Talk About Pennsylvania,”  
earned her first place and an $18,000 scholarship. She was sponsored by Legion Post 95.

The finalists
Second place went to Elizabeth Scannell of Goose Creek, S.C., who was sponsored by Legion Post 166, and earned a $16,000 scholarship for her oration, “The Constitution: An American Position Description.”  And third place was awarded to Rachel Schartz of Humboldt, S.D., who was sponsored by Legion Post 62 and earned a $14,000 scholarship for her oration, “Sewing Freedom.”

Rieger, a 2012 Missouri Girls State alum, said “I always respected it (the Constitution), but I never had such a keen appreciation of what we have, until this competition. “This competition has helped me raise awareness (about the Constitution) and speak to my peers about what I’m doing.”
Her oration title was inspired from a history class project in which she and her fellow peers were asked to discuss the Constitution and their obligations as citizens. Instead, “we spoke about how Pennsylvania was misspelled” in the nation’s founding document; it is spelled with one "n." This lack of appreciation and knowledge on the Constitution was not only the inspiration for Rieger’s oration, but also the reason for her encouraging American’s nationwide to study the Constitution because if American’s don’t know the Constitution, “we leave our government in the hands of others, and we exclude ourselves from developing the future of our great nation," she said.

Legacy Scholarship awards

Legacy Scholarship awards $49,980 to youth 

The American Legion’s National Committee on Education met during Spring Meetings to select the Legion’s Legacy Scholarship recipients for 2013. Through its Legacy Scholarship, The American Legion ensures that the children of military parents who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, achieve their dream of attending college. This includes legally adopted children or children of a spouse by a prior marriage.
The Legion awarded 28 youth with the renewable Legacy Scholarship, and each recipient will receive $1,785.
New recipients are:
  • Austin Alex, Freeland, Mich.
  • Sebastian Almanzar, Walden, N.Y.
  • Michael Beeler, Sparta, Wis.
  • Brian Brooks, Norwood, Mass.
  • Sarah Cubert, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
  • Demetrius de Moors, Peachtree City, Ga.
  • Haley Hartwick, Leander, Texas
  • Kelsey Hobart, Naples, N.Y.
  • Page Hobart, Naples, N.Y.
  • Chelsea Kinlow, Thomson, Ga.
  • David Locht Jr., Destin, Fla.
  • Tyler Malcolm, Radcliff, Ky.
  • Laura Marshall, Los Angeles
  • Jacob Martin, McEwen, Tenn.
  • Stephanie Mick, Arispe, Iowa
  • Craig Thurber, Mayette, Kan.
  • Anna Muralles, Savannah, Ga.
  • Madison West, Chesapeake, Va.
Returning recipients are:
  • Christina Beeler, Sparta, Wis.
  • Alexander Bauer, Pipestone, Minn.
  • Samuel Bauer, Pipestone, Minn.
  • Daniel Bertolino, Murrieta, Calif.
  • Stephen Bertolino Jr., Murrieta, Calif.
  • Taylor B. Curry, APO AE (Italy)
  • Sean McVey, Oak Hill, W.Va.
  • Olivia Murphy-Sweet, Mechanicsburg, Penn.
  • Eric Witt, Springfield, Ohio
  • Emily Harper, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
The Legacy Scholarship helps high school seniors preparing to attend college, or graduates working toward an undergraduate degree, with the expense of tuition, books, room and board, and other supplies needed for college. The scholarship can also be used toward private or out-of-state colleges.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

DOD Flip-Flops on Faith Policy

The Department of Defense isn't telling us the whole story about Religious Freedom in the Military!

There is an emerging pattern of abuse of religious freedom taking place within the U.S. military.  This pattern has intensified under the Obama Administration, and its now reaching crisis level.
We’ve uncovered a series of disturbing instances in which our brave service men and women – the very people who fight for our freedoms – are having their First Amendment rights taken away.
As the nation’s largest legal organization focused on defending religious freedom in America, Liberty Institute takes attacks on religious freedom very seriously. So, we conducted our own investigation regarding the Department of Defense (DOD) changing position on the First Amendment rights of our service men and women.
“We’re finding a lot of inconsistencies,” said Liberty Institute Director of Litigation Hiram Sasser. “The Department of Defense is flip-flopping. It seems like they’re changing their stories and making things up to keep the public in the dark.”
Here’s what we’ve learned so far:
According to an article published last week by Fox News, members of The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, including President Mikey Weinstein – who has a history of attacking the religious rights of Christians in the military – met privately with Department of Defense officials, advising the Air Force to enforce a new regulation that would call for “the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing.”
“Someone needs to be punished for this,” Weinstein told Fox News. “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior.”
The fact that this meeting took place should alarm every American who values their religious freedom.
Following this, an Air Force spokesperson made the following statement to Fox News.
“When on duty or in an official capacity, Air Force members are free to express their personal religious beliefs as long as it does not make others uncomfortable,” said Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley. “Proselytizing (inducing someone to convert to one’s faith) goes over that line.” Read the full article here.
On May 2, the DOD shared the following statement to the press:
“Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others of any faith or no faith to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
So, Liberty Institute went straight to the source. We contacted the DOD and asked for a copy of the policy stating evangelism is allowed, but proselytizing is not.
The response did not make sense. The policy the DOD sent was dated July 22, 2008, and their spokesperson stated there is no new policy on the issue.
The 2008 policy clearly states:
“Title VII requires employers to accommodate an employee’s sincerely held religious belief in engaging in religious expression (e.g., proselytizing) in the workplace.”
From this, it would seem as though current military policy not only allows proselytizing, but also requires it to be protected under Title VII. 
After Liberty Institute went public with the DOD’s inconsistencies, we received yet another “flip flop” communication today from a DOD spokesperson.
“Just wanted you to know what you received from me yesterday is not the dept's position, nor on the record from me, nor is it even correct.”
So, which is it? Is proselytizing allowed and protected, or is there a new policy that the Department of Defense is keeping from us? Looks like the DOD itself is having a hard time coming up with a straight answer.
“I’m stunned by the department’s inability to articulate a clear position on religious freedom for America’s service men and women,” said Sasser. “It is very simple…do they have freedom of religion or not?”
When dealing with an administration that is now being investigated by Congress for a massive foreign policy cover-up, we can’t help but wonder…is this another one?
FACT: The members of the armed forces are being lied to – you are being lied to – and we all deserve to know the truth.

Monday, May 6, 2013


The Fuller-Taylor Auxiliary Unit 915 
will host the 


JUNE 1, 2013

at Glennwood Golf Course.

Call for details at

Sunday, May 5, 2013


 Let's support this great cause to preserve the Oswego William S. Monaghan Post 268. 
Maybe some day your Post will need a little help also in surviving this economy.
We should all work TOGETHER to keep our organization active!