12 departments achieve 100 percent reporting

Each year, American Legion posts around the world donate millions of volunteer hours, raise millions of dollars for the benefit of their community and Legion programs, and positively influence millions of lives. This information is captured on the Legion’s Consolidated Post Report (CPR) that posts have been submitting for the past 40 years to assist departments in the documentation of activities that a specific post completed during the 12-month (June 1 through May 31) reporting period.

The 12 departments with 100 percent reporting this year are: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin. National Commander Dan Dellinger will recognize the respective department commanders on stage during the National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., with a plaque.

There were also seven departments who will be recognized with a certificate for achieving 75 percent or higher reporting: Alaska, California, Kentucky, Ohio, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Only 57 percent of all posts during the 2012-2013 membership year submitted Consolidated Post Reports. All American Legion national commanders testify before a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs following their election to report on American Legion hours donated, monies raised and expended to serve our veterans and our programs. Unfortunately, the numbers never depict the true picture of who The American Legion is.

However, the 2013-2014 reporting increased to 67 percent with nearly 9,000 posts submitting a CPR – an increase of 800 posts reporting from last year.

For the 2014-2015 membership year, show the many ways Legionnaires in your post are making difference in their communities and beyond by completing the CPR. The CPR form can be filled out manually and submitted by mail by downloading it online, located under Membership Services: www.legion.org/publications

Posts can also fill out and submit CPR forms online at mylegion.org. The forms are located under "Post and Department" options.