Which departments will rise to the top?
Members of the Department of California including Department Commander Ed Grimsley and the 2021-2022 Department of California Commander Autrey James, and Department Judge Advocate Chris Yates.

Which departments will rise to the top?

Today marks the halfway point of July’s Breakout Challenge, a spinoff of The American Legion 100 Miles for Hope. The challenge separates departments into six categories, based on size, where they will compete against one another. At the end of July, the department in each category that raised the most funds for 100 Miles for Hope will be deemed the winner.

Right now, the Department of California is winning the largest category. Will they finish on top, making good on Department Commander Autrey James’ challenge to the other departments they are competing against? (See the video featuring James that kicked off the challenge.)

The other five categories are all close. 

“I’m glad to see our American Legion Family members joining this special breakout challenge,” American Legion National Commander James “Bill” Oxford said. “Still, I’m hoping that even more Legionnaires, Sons members and Auxiliary members will rally and support their departments. It’s a fun way to support our disabled military veterans, through the Veterans & Children Foundation.”

All proceeds from registration fees, merchandise sales and donations for 100 Miles for Hope fund V&CF. Those donations provide training and other critical resources for thousands of accredited American Legion service officers who provide free assistance to any veteran seeking help with VA claims. The foundation also provides Temporary Financial Assistance grants to military families with minor children at home who are immersed in financial turmoil.

Totals for the breakout challenge will be tabulated by signups on the Kilter app, donations made through the app and purchases of 100 Miles for Hope merchandise via Emblem Sales. The winning department will receive a plaque and national media recognition, as well as bragging rights.

All the details, including links to register, can be found here.