Message from our National Commander

Friday, March 21st, 2014 @ 10:19AM

Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

Every day in every state Legionnaires carry out the Legion’s priorities. Clear and simple, it’s veterans helping veterans. In the coming week, that work will get a larger profile.

American Legion staff and volunteers are descending on Washington, D.C., to attend our organization’s single largest concentration of veteran advocacy this year. The meetings, presentations and workshops all focus on helping veterans – advocating for their rights and benefits, taking care of our retired warriors and assisting veterans in finding employment or starting a new business.

Among this week’s highlights:
• This week’s Department Service Officer (DSO) school , which concludes March 21. This year, about 150 Legionnaires will receive training to help veterans file claims for benefits they deserve. Additionally, the participants are receiving training from agencies that specialize in helping veterans land jobs or finding shelter for homeless vets.

• An entrepreneurship course – For HEROES (Her Entrepreneurship – Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support) – for women on March 22-23. After completing the free two-day course, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan and launch their enterprise.

• The Legion’s Business Task Force will meet Tuesday, March 25, to discuss legislative items that impact veterans and their family members. At the heart of the discussion will be the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2013 (H.R. 2882). The measure would allow a service-disabled veteran business to retain its status if the owner dies and the spouse takes over the business.

• I will present the priorities of The American Legion before a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees, starting at 10 a.m. March 26.
The conference itself will be over by this time next week. However, the impact of this week’s discussions will be around for generations, helping to improve the lives of past, present and future veterans.

Thank you for all that you do in support of veterans, their families and every community in our great country.

For God and Country,
Dan Dellinger
National Commander

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