The American Legion has a great story to share

The American Legion has a great story to share

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

The heart and soul of The American Legion is found at the post level. That’s where dedicated American Legion Family members serve their communities, states and nation.

It’s where members preserve the memories of those who have fallen. They lead Memorial Day commemorations, carry out honor guard duties and more.

It’s where posts raise funds to support those in need. These donations go toward providing college scholarships, raising the spirits of disabled veterans and providing immediate grants to fellow Legionnaires recovering from natural disasters.

It’s where members mentor our youth in our many wholesome activities. This dedication is critical to developing the leaders of tomorrow in government, business and even Major League Baseball.

I appreciate all the hard and meaningful work conducted by posts throughout the year, which will undoubtedly continue this summer. At the same time, we also want to recognize your dedication. Additionally, we want to have as thorough a documentation as possible to tell the real success story of The American Legion.

That is why it is so important to have as complete of a Consolidated Post Report (CPR) as possible. These are not just to record what large posts do in their communities. Small- and medium-sized posts also have great successes to share. If your post fulfills honor guard duties, participates in a youth program, holds a Memorial Day or other remembrance service, teaches flag etiquette or does any of the other American Legion initiatives, we want to know about it.

June 30 is the target date for finishing CPRs. As of today, National Headquarters has only received and recorded 3,567 CPRs from our 12,112 American Legion posts, for a completion rate of 29.5%. Many departments established a deadline of mid-June for 100% CPR reporting to the department. National Headquarters stands ready to tabulate those immediately upon receipt at Geiger Operations Center.

Posts may submit their reports via an online form at MyLegion or download this form and then mail (or fax) the CPR to their departments.

Thank you for what you do every day to fulfill our obligation to community service, from coast to coast and beyond.

Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola

National Commander

The American Legion