National Commander Jim E. Koutz accepts an Operation Comfort Warriors donation during the 2013 Spring Meetings from Jerry Hedrick, National Executive Committeeman from North Carolina. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Donations pour in during Spring Meetings

The 2013 American Legion National Executive Spring Meetings in Indianapolis concluded today with the passing of 29 resolutions and thousands of dollars in donations to Legion programs.

The departments donated more than $54,000 to Operation Comfort Warriors, $6,000 to the Child Welfare Foundation and $7,000 to Temporary Financial Assistance. And USAA is donating $40,000 to the Legacy Run, $60,000 to the National Convention and $15,000 to Boys Nation a year for the next five years.

"I feel rejuvenated," said American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz during his closing remarks to the NEC. And even though "veterans unemployment, the VA backlog, cuts in administration, sexual abuse in the military and VA health care all represent daunting challenges that require answers, expertise and hard work to overcome, The American Legion has a long track record of making things better for America and those who serve. Hats off to the TBI/PTSD committee, System Worth Saving Task Force, our service officers and everyone who is trying to improve the lives of those who have given so much. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — every day is veterans day."

Stay tuned to for detailed information on the 29 passed resolutions.