Welcome to The American Legion’s Hill Visit Toolkit. This page is dedicated to providing American Legion Family members with current, easy-to-use tools for participating in grassroots advocacy. Below are resources for Legion Family members to assist in becoming effective grassroots advocates.
The American Legion is a grassroots organization at its core. Critical to our ability to influence members of Congress and the legislative process is the ability to mobilize membership. The most effective way to support The American Legion’s legislative agenda is communication – by individuals in their local posts expressing their views on specific bills. Emails, telephone calls, Legislative Alerts, and personal letters from constituents have a powerful influence on members of Congress. They want to hear from you so they can gauge public opinion on specific issues.
- American Legion Family Legislative Handbook
- 2021 Legislative Agenda
- Point Papers
- Know Before You Go
- Congressional Contact Report Form
Tools For Legionnaires
Find Your Congressional Representatives
You can find your elected representatives at our Legislative Action Center. This can be found in the bottom right corner of the page.
Contact Your Congressional Representatives
You can contact your representative through our campaigns located on our Legislative Action Center. Be sure to share The American Legion’s legislative priorities using the Legislative Agenda when you contact their office. While you are there be sure to sign up for our legislative alerts so you can stay up to date on all of The American Legion’s legislative campaigns.
You can also contact your representative in a variety of ways including virtual meetings, phone calls, emails and through social media.
There is no requirement to fill out a congressional contact report form after you contact your congressional office unless you are a member of the Legislative Commission or Council.
Tools for Legislative Council Members
All members of the Legislative Council are expected to contact their assigned representatives. Congress has suspended in-person meetings, but that does not mean you cannot reach your legislators. Instead, there are a number of digital platforms you can use as an advocate under current conditions. Below are the three methods listed in order of effectiveness. The preferred method is to schedule a virtual meeting or phone call.
Methods to Contact Your Assigned Representative
1. Schedule a virtual meeting. Congress has transitioned to tele-working. Legislators and their staff may not be physically meeting with people, but they are holding virtual meetings. A 15- to 30-minute video call with your legislator’s office will give you an opportunity to delve into a deeper conversation about the Legion’s legislative agenda. For tips on how to go about requesting a virtual meeting and preparing for one, the virtual meeting guide is a great resource.
2. Call your legislator. You may also call to speak with someone in your representative’s office. For tips on how to effectively call your representative, the guide to calling your legislators is a great resource. Please note that not all offices have access to their office phones and may encourage you to send an email instead.
3. Send an email. Your representative’s physical offices may be closed, but they are still available to speak with constituents and respond to correspondence. Congressional staff are closely monitoring office emails and will note the issues most prevalent in their district.
What You Should Speak About
Review The American Legion’s legislative priorities using the Legislative Agenda and the point papers. This will give you a clear understanding of the issues and The American Legion’s recommended solutions to the problem.
After the Meeting
Please be sure to fill out a congressional contact report form after you contact your congressional office. This will allow the national Legislative staff to know that the meeting took place and make staff members aware of any follow-up actions to take with the representative or their staff.