Survey

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

The American Legion is conducting a survey to assess how the pandemic has affected the overall physical and mental well being of veterans. Take the survey now at this link.

The 2021 Mental Health Survey, open through Nov. 28, will keep the identities of participants anonymous. A central objective of this research is to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide. After the last two years of social isolation, financial insecurity and loss of life, it is more important than ever to understand what works in this constantly changing landscape.

In 2019, 6,261 veterans were lost to suicide. Compare that sobering number with the 7,057 killed in post-9/11 war operations. However, for the first time in 20 years, we have seen a decrease in veteran suicide. Still just one veteran lost to suicide is too many.

I am calling on you to take the survey (at this link) and encourage your fellow brothers and sisters in arms to also participate. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete the survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

The survey results will be instrumental in The American Legion’s efforts to improve mental health treatment for veterans, reduce the suicide rate, and shape our policy and resolutions on these important issues.

We must act now.

No Veteran Left Behind,

Paul E. Dillard
American Legion National Commander

SCAM ALERT

The Social Security Administration will never threaten, scare, or pressure you to take an immediate action.

If you receive a call, text, or email that…
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Threatens to suspend your Social Security number, even if they have part or all of your Social Security number
Warns of arrest of legal action
Demands or requests immediate payment
Requires payment by gift card, prepaid debit card, internet currency, or by mailing cash
Pressures you for personal information
Requests secrecy
Threatens to seize your bank account
Promises to increase your Social Security benefit
Tries to gain your trust by providing fake “documentation,” false “evidence,” or the name of a real government official
…it is a SCAM!

Do not give scammers money or personal information – Ignore Them!

Buddy Check National Week of Calling

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

There is no better time than right now to encourage your members of Congress to approve The American Legion-supported bipartisan legislation for a Buddy Check National Week of Calling. Here’s how you can contact your representative.

https://www.votervoice.net/AmericanLegion/Campaigns/87480/Respond

As you know, The American Legion pioneered the Buddy Check concept under Past National Commander Brett Reistad. When we began these wellness checks the intent was for American Legion posts to conduct them twice a year — around American Legion Birthday and Veterans Day.

The initiative demonstrated immediate success. Soon the Buddy Check program transitioned to year round, allowing posts to conduct these whenever it made the most sense on the local level.

And throughout the pandemic, we have seen how important it is to check on our veterans. Posts have used Buddy Checks to help get prescription refills to veterans stuck at home. Others have connected with isolated veterans missing their comrades. In other cases, posts have delivered food, personal protective equipment and other resources to veterans after learning about their needs during a wellness check-in.

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would make this a national program. Now, let’s prod the U.S. House to follow suit. If our representatives don’t act before Congress recesses next month, it could be at least three months before they consider this legislation again. Or it could be dropped altogether.

We cannot let this legislation linger in Congress. Follow this link to join me in reaching out to congressional representatives to voice our support for this legislation. With a week dedicated to Buddy Checks across America, we will be able to reach even more veterans and save even more lives.

For God and Country,

Paul E. Dillard
American Legion National Commander

Virtual Benefits Workshop on June 29, 2021

Greetings all,

We will be hosting a virtual Benefits Workshop for Veterans and supporters of Veterans for the Veteran population in Hawaii and American Samoa on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 4PM to 6PM Hawaii time and 3PM to 5PM American Samoa time (see attached flyer).

This will be a virtual workshop using Cisco Webex. 

The workshop flyer and briefing slides can be accessed from the Honolulu Regional Office website at:  https://www.benefits.va.gov/honolulu/

Briefing slides will be available the week beginning June 7, 2021.  

Please help us to get the word out. 

Thank You,

Eric Gaskin
Coach

This is really sobering. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city where you went to high school and look atthe names. Click on the name and it will give details of the person’s death, a picture or at least their bio and medals.
This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time
and effort to create it.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what
those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people.

New Grant Cycle Opens To Fund Farmer Veterans

One piece of equipment changed it all. Ben Martin of Forest Grove, Oregon, served in the Marine Corps. After returning home from war, he pursued a career in winemaking.

Ben credits a grant from Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) for making the difference in his budding wine business early on. Back in 2015, FVC awarded Ben the supplies needed to bottle his first vintage of wine.

“We were just starting out making wine in the back of a horse barn,” acknowledged Ben. “We had no sales, no exposure. And we needed to bottle the vintage of wine. But we had no bottles, corks, or labels. FVC stepped in and gave us a grant for the supplies.

If it weren’t for FVC we wouldn’t have…well actually, I don’t know what we would have done, honestly.”

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