Assisting, Advising, and Helping Veterans in the State of Georgia

Legionnaires Across Georgia

Many of our Georgia Legion Posts have Websites and Facebooks.  Check out what is happening in other posts on Our Legion Posts tab. Legion Posts – American Legion – Veterans Services (georgialegion.org) 

Couple of the very active Websites are 1st District at American Legion 1st District, Department of Georgia, TAL: HOME (1stdistrictga.org)  and  Post 135 check them out Post 135 (alpost135.com).

Memorial Day events

Click on the green button takes you to photos around Georgia.
Memorial Day Tribute to America’s Fallen. The Remembering”.

The 2021 American Legion Post #194 – Awarded a Graduating Senior “Essay Winner: with a Scholarship.  The Legion Rifle team and a packed Legion Hall.   Outstanding turnout and a wonderful dinner was had by all.

Stay tuned for the 12th & 13th of June – The Southern Classic Quilt, Sewing and Craft Festival and June 12th 8am to 11am – Coffee and Classic Cars

Al Ewing

Post 321 conducted their Memorial Day duties by placing flags on all the fallen graves throughout East Liberty County.
Members of East Liberty County Post 321 had a busy morning on Saturday, 5/29/21. They gathered at 08:00 hrs and moved out to place American Flags on the Graves of Fallen American Heroes in 16 Local cemeteries in their area of Liberty County.
 
Please see attached Facebook link for Post 500. They assisted with over 26000 flags for Memorial Day at the Mighty 8th. 

https://www.facebook.com/102251891404937/posts/305922721037852/?d=n
We made the local press with All American Road Race press release:
 

Excellent!!!!   ;;;    Peachtree City Running Club honors veterans May 15 with All American 5K/10K – The Citizen

Come join the fun!

 
Leigh Blood
In short order, our Post 233 Legion Family and members of the local community stepped up, super fast, and today we sent an extremely overpacked SUV load down there with over $1500 worth of clothes, toys, Easter candy, kids toothbrushes, etc.
Service Officer Louise I. Hayes, Eric Reep and ?
Subject: 1911 Biscuits & Burgers Grand Opening
Respectfully Submitted by,
Nick Wegner
American Legion Post 160
“Lead, Follow or get out of the way” 

American Legion Post 516 “Operation Water for Texas”

20-25 February 2021

Attached is a picture of the young man who replaced American Legion sign for his Eagle project. It really looks good.

Wreaths across America pays tribute to veterans in Burke County | WJBF

by:      Click on the title to go to the WJBF site.

Posted:  Updated: 

WAYNESBORO, GA ( WJBF) — ‘Wreaths across America’ is nationwide event that honors veterans during the holidays by inviting family members to place wreaths on their graves.

Dozens of people participated at Burke Memorial Gardens Saturday including Bud North, Post 120 Sgt. at Arms who also placed a wreath on the grave of his father.

” Its heartwarming to know that you are able to serve those that are gone and what they did,” North said.

Post 120 Commander, Jim Reeves said its a way for him to pay tribute to several of his family members who served overseas.

” It harkens back and reminds me of the guys that are out there right now. The war doesn’t take the holiday off,” Reeves said.

He said its also a reminder to remember those who are serving our country and unable to come home for the holidays.

” I can remember being on the other side of the world and I can reflect on that and thank God for the people that are over there right now doing this job. Don’t ask where the heroes are. They’re right here among you.”

 

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American Legion Post #103 earns top award

for Red Cross Blood Drive program

Local American Legion Post #103 recently received the first place award for outstanding district blood donor program for the most volunteer hours and donations in the state of Georgia.

This award would have not been possible without the post’s faithful, local volunteers.

American Legion Post #103 recognizes and commends Nancey Lisenby for her efforts as a local Red Cross Director.

Giving a donation really saves approximately three peoples’ lives. The life you save, just might be your own. To schedule an appointment for blood donation, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. Appointments may also be made online by visiting RedCross.org.

 

EMANUEL COUNTY VOLUNTEER GAIL JOHNSON, RED CROSS DIRECTOR NANCY LISENBY, AMERICAN LEGION FIRST DISTRICT CHAIRMAN RICHARD CLAXTON JR., VOLUNTEERS LINDA BISHOP AND PATTI WAY, AND AMERICAN LEGION FIRST DISTRIC VICE CHAIRMAN DONALD HALL

I am pleased to forward the above email highlighting the achievement of Post 103 in Swainsboro, GA for receiving last years 1st place Blood Donor Award for the Department of GA.

 

My thanks to Richard Claxton for making sure this article from the Forest Blade Reporter was brought to yours and my attention.  Post 103 is planning its first blood drive of the year on January 13.

 

Respectfully,

 

John F. Hollner, III

Dept of GA Blood Donor Chair

During our General Membership meeting December 3 we recognized and honored 2 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year and their families.

2020 Legion Enforcement Deputy of the Year Corporal Benjamin Homan

2020 Legion Reserve Officer of the Year Private Thomas A. Miles

2020 Legion Corrections Officer of the Year  Corporal Christopher J Hubner was not able to attend tis ceremony and will be recognized later.

If you concur please, forward to DOG ofr posting to our website georgialegion.org.

 

Thanks.

 

Regards,

 

Richard Noel

American Legion-Georgia; Adjutant for Post 135 and 1st District

                                           and VAVS GA Region 1

During our General Membership meeting December 3 we recognized and honored 2 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year and their families.

2020 Legion Enforcement Deputy of the Year Corporal Benjamin Homan

2020 Legion Reserve Officer of the Year Private Thomas A. Miles

2020 Legion Corrections Officer of the Year  Corporal Christopher J Hubner was not able to attend tis ceremony and will be recognized later.

If you concur please, forward to DOG ofr posting to our website georgialegion.org.

Thanks.

Regards,

Richard Noel

American Legion-Georgia; Adjutant for Post 135 and 1st District and VAVS GA Region 1

Donation honors past commander of Pembroke veteran

Bill Anderson donation

Principal Julie Howard, left, presents a check to Pembroke American Legion Post 164 Commander Marvin Miller, who then donates it to Claxton American Legion Commander Cindy Thigpen.

 The donation was made in honor of the memory of Howard’s father, Bill Anderson, by Claxton Elementary School through their Sunshine Fund. 

Bill, a Vietnam war veteran as a Marine and a Navy veteran, was a member and past commander of the Pembroke AL Post.

Photo provided.

Post 135 Junior vice, Greg Kindred, presents 2020 Savannah Battalion Chief of the year, Nathan Gaskill plaqu.
Brooklyn Hingston. Her project for the Girl Scouts

Chatham Veterans Day Banquet

LTC Steve Bolton, Garrison Commander Hunter Army Airfield;

CSM Tremaine Robbins, Garrison Hunter Army Airfield; 

US Representative Buddy Carter, Commander Asberry;

COL (P) Joe Hilbert Assistant Division Commander – Maneuver 3rd Infantry Division.

Submitted by Rich Noel

 

 

 

American Legion Post 135
1108 Bull St. Savannah, Ga.31401
https://www.alpost135.com/

 

 

Hi Legion Family

Lets give the Son’s a big hand for buying this Flag to fly at the post for Veterans Day!
Also we need a big thank you to Joe Short for making the supports to crank it up the wall and the spreader bar.
Also we need to thank Ray Willingham for adding the eyelets to help hold the flag up and attach the lower side to the ground.
All this is posable by Scott Williams Brain storming the idea and getting the Son’s to buy the flag.
We all need to thank those involved in getting this up the wall

Art Peltier
Commander Post 135 Savannah

 

Copyright © 2020 American Legion Post 135 Savannah, All rights reserved.

 

Post 135 
I would like to take this time to say thank you to all the members that put in all the hard work to make this happen.
You the members of Post 135 are the ones that make great stuff happen.

Link to Savannah Morning News Article 

Thank you

Art Peltier
Commander

Albany mayor honors Legionnaires for service

By Carlton Fletcher      carlton.fletcher@albanyherald.com
Sep 10, 2020

Thank you Tania for sharing.
Tania Y. Griffin, 
American Legion 3rd District Adjutant 
American Legion Post 75 LaGrange
Post Adjutant & Finance Clerk
Office 706-416-2749


EAST LIBERTY COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION, POST 321, ANNUAL 9/11 OBSERVANCE. MIDWAY, GA
Was covered by the local radio station.  The event was live on the Segar facebook page.  Click here for the link.
 Segar South East Georgia Radio (Info on current disaster and emergencies in Southeast Georgia) Thank you for the coverage and sharing.
 
 
 
 
 

Changes to District Meetings Dates need to be sent to "Dept Clerk All admin" adjofgeorgia@yahoo.com Membership items need to go to Lewis Kent: americanlegionmembership@yahoo.com

A group of Boy Scouts from Troop 620 came into town this morning (3 July,2020) and assisted in putting flags on the headstones at our cemetery at WESTVIEW. Augusta, GA

Submitted by Robert Taylor, Post 205

Subject: Virtual VBA Town Hall with USB Dr. Paul Lawrence
Importance: High

Good morning everyone,

     VBA hosts weekly telephone town hall meetings with veterans in states across the country highlighting VA Benefits. The Under Secretary for Benefits, Dr. Paul R. Lawrence, has planned a telephone town hall meeting for Georgia Veterans on July 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. EST. Veterans are encouraged to join and ask questions about their benefits. More information on how to join the town hall meeting is available at https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/news.asp#teletownhall.

      Dr. Lawrence takes this opportunity to share updates about VBA’s response to COVID-19, the launch of Blue Water Navy Act, Solid Start program and other new initiatives. He also helps Veterans understand and access all services and benefits earned.

     Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in listening.

Thanks,

 

Brian Morgan

Change Management Analyst

Atlanta Regional Office

brian.morgan5@va.gov

National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford’s response

Legion Leaders,

The popular website “War on the Rocks” published a commentary this week that was critical of Veterans’ Preference. That commentary can be found herehttps://warontherocks.com/2020/06/is-veterans-preference-bad-for-the-national-security-workforce/

National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford’s response to the piece can be found below. Please feel free  to distribute widely and post in your own media as well.

V/R,

John Raughter

 

An Earned Benefit

 

By National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford

Imagine the absurdity of an argument that states that the Department of Education employs too many ex-teachers. Or that the Center for Disease Control has too many doctors. That was my reaction to the recent War on the Rocks commentary “Is Veterans’ Preference Bad for the National Security Workforce?”

The authors’ primary objection to veterans’ preference seems to be rooted in their desire to maintain civilian control of the military. Indeed, Article II, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution states among many other powers, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States...” But the framers recognized the difference between an active-duty soldier and a veteran or else they would have found someone other than a former general to practically anoint as our first president.

While most Americans approve of President Washington’s performance in office, it is not senior officers who benefit from veterans’ preference anyway. It’s the junior enlisted, NCOs and company grade officers. When I left the Marine Corps as sergeant, I could have benefited from veterans’ preference. When I later retired from the North Carolina National Guard as a colonel, I could not. Unless one incurs a service-connected disability, retired field grade and flag officers are ineligible.  But this isn’t about taking care of the top brass.  It’s about the troops. Who better to serve the U.S. government than those who at some time in their lives pledged a willingness to die for it?

Lost in the civilian control of the military argument is the simple fact that with the exception of those still in the service, veterans are civilians. Those that are in the military already have fulltime jobs.

In spite of unfair stereotypes of veterans as war-mongers, it is Dwight D. Eisenhower who said, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”  And it is still our elected officials rather than our federal workers who determine if or when military force should be used.

As the nation’s largest veterans’ organization, The American Legion has a long history of advocating for the occupational and educational advancement of those who answered our country’s call. At our national convention in 2016, delegates unanimously passed Resolution No. 358, “Support for Veterans’ Preference in Public Employment.

Our delegates proudly went on record stating, in part, “That The American Legion deplores each and every attempt to degrade, dilute, or modify the historical precedence of giving job eligibility preference to those who are taken from their communities to serve their country in time of war…”

The delegates further resolved, “That all executives at every level of government are urged to enforce veterans’ preference in their government agencies.”

During a time when the military was almost entirely male, Alexander Hamilton said, “Justice and humanity forbid the abandoning to want and misery men who have spent their best years in the military service of a country or who in that service had contracted infirmities which disqualify them to earn their bread in other modes.

It is in this spirit that additional veterans’ preference points and benefits are awarded to those who incur a 30-percent or more disability rating.

While some veterans’ preference critics lament that the beneficiaries are mostly male, the solution would be to better incentivize women to join the military. If they do, they would find no better advocate for their interests than The American Legion.

Our organization recognizes that there are many outstanding civil servants who haven’t served in the military and we have never advocated that veteran-status be the only factor in federal hiring. But it should be an important factor.

According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 69 percent of the federal workforce are not veterans. It is also worth noting that the well-earned veterans’ preference benefit does not apply to Senior Executive Service jobs or executive branch positions for which Senate confirmation is required. Moreover, the legislative and judicial branches are exempt from the Veterans’ Preference Act unless the positions are in the competitive service.

Veterans are already at a disadvantage when it comes to occupational advancement. While serving in the military, young men and women remove themselves from the civilian workforce. Many postpone or cancel opportunities for academic or vocational education. As their former high school or college classmates climb corporate ladders, the military men and women risk life and limb climbing mountains in Afghanistan or dodging explosives in Iraq.

But when their military obligation ends, the experienced veterans are more often than not physically fit, highly disciplined, professional and equipped with a skill set obtained through some of the best training in the world.

There is a simple solution for workers who oppose leveling the federal playing field with veterans’ preference policies. They can visit their local recruiting offices, dedicate a few years of their lives to serving their country, and become veterans. They should be warned that the training is challenging and the hardships are numerous. But in the end they will see that the benefits obtained are well-deserved.

Veterans’ preference is a tie-breaker among a pool of qualified applicants. Nobody is suggesting filling air traffic controller positions with truck drivers. But it does make sense to heavily staff the department which sends America’s young people to war with those who have experienced the fight. They earned it.

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James W. “Bill” Oxford is national commander of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans’ organization, www.legion.org.

 

 

 

John B. Raughter

Deputy Director, Media Relations

Phone: (317) 630-1350  Fax: (317) 630-1368

 

 

 

 

Emblem usage paper

These two links will take you to the American Legion Nation site pages.

Usage of all American Legion emblems 

Emblem Use FAQ

1st District; Department of Georgia

http://1stdistrictga.org/

To the wonderful patriotic Legion Family Members of the 1st District, We look forward to working with you to make the 1st District the best District in the Department of Georgia. From Swainsboro in the north, to Riceboro in the south, from Glenville in the west, to Tybee Island on the east coast, we look forward to a productive year. Please attend your Post meetings and come on out to the remaining District meetings and enjoy the friendship of all Posts within the 1st District.

Our American Legion District has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/alaforveterans/photos/gm.250530539656072/10158135625444719/?type=3
 
—————————————————————————————— Original message ——————————————————————————————–
     From: Janice MacLeod 
     Date: 5/18/20 1:09 PM (GMT-05:00)
     To:  You
     Subject: ALA Virtual Poppy Day This Friday!
 
     Hello again, Southern Division VA&R Department Chairmen — I have more information to share with you. 
     The ALA is having its first ever Virtual National Poppy Day watch party on Facebook this Friday at noon.  At your earliest 
     opportunity, I ask that you share this info throughout your
      Department members (Auxiliary and Legionnaires). post to your website, on Facebook, on Twitter, email and word of mouth.
 
     The pandemic will definitely have a negative impact on the Poppy Day distributions and activities this year,  Although we may be
     safely staying in our homes on National Poppy Day this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t participate in an event to honor those who
     made the ultimate sacrifice. Join members of The American Legion Family as we commemorate the symbol behind the storied 
      poppy and its relevance today. 
 
 
     Continued prayers for your safety and appreciation for your efforts!
 
    Janice MacLeod
    VA&R Southern Division National Chairman

 

Georgia post saves fellow Legionnaire from homelessness The American Legion May 14, 2020

American Legion post lines Georgia highway with American flags to boost morale amid COVID-19 crisis

Apr. 12, 2020 – 2:23 – Insight from Ray Humphrey, commander of American Legion Post 335 in Sylvester, Georgia. https://video.foxnews.com/v/6148871960001/

Get your 2020 Department Pins and Shirts before they are sold out. 

The Pins uniquely depict the Legion Family.

Here is the information on Dept. Pins and shirts.  
 
Pins are a $1 each or donation when order with shirts.
Available shirts sizes are:  $25 each
Only 80 printed, first with money first sent out.
Small, Medium, Large, X Large, 2X Large, 3X Large, 4X Large.
 
If anyone would like to purchase or make a donation, you can send your checks in and they will mail them out.