2013_American_Legion_Extension_Course (PPT)

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OFF-LINE TRAINING COURSE
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
www.legion.org/alei
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HISTORY & ORGANIZATION
VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
NATIONAL SECURITY
Modules
AMERICANISM
CHILDREN & YOUTH
COURSE CONCLUSION
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VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
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The American Legion
Extension Institute
NATIONAL SECURITY
AMERICANISM
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Lt. Col. Theodore
Roosevelt Jr..
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The Legion is Born
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Paris
Saint Louis
Minneapolis
During the Saint Louis Caucus the name is officially
adopted and the Constitution (including the Preamble)
is drafted.
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Indianapolis won the bid in a competition with four other cities –
Minneapolis, Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. –
to become the permanent home of The American Legion National
Headquarters.
In less than a year, The American Legion had emerged from an
idea built on a few general values into a federally chartered and
fast-growing force of patriotic veterans.
“The American Legion Movement”
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The Four Pillars of American Legion Service
began to take shape under National Commander
D‘Olier's leadership:
Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation
Americanism
National Security
Children & Youth
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1919
Lobbying Organization
Compassionate Care
Benefits
Support for Veterans
Homelessness
“Shell Shock”
Blind, Limbless
Selling Pencils
2013
Lobbying Organization
VAVS
Benefits
Service Officer
Homelessness
Post-traumatic Stress
Disabled Veterans
Employment
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The federal government's disorganized and often
corrupt collection of agencies to help veterans was
consolidated and improved under the Legion-urged
creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930.
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In the decades to come, The American Legion's
continuous efforts to improve the lives of veterans
led to some of the most significant developments in
U.S. society, most notably passage of the
Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better
known as the “GI Bill.”
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Original GI Bill
By The Numbers
450,000
238,000
91,000
67,000
22,000
1 Million
5 Million
Engineers
Teachers
Scientists
Doctors
Dentists
Other Degrees
Other Training
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The American Legion has created and/or
influenced many significant pieces of legislation
such as; the Veterans Preference Hiring Act of
1944, GI Bill of Rights and the Veterans
Administration.
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Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,
the Legion started The American Legion Legacy
Scholarship Fund to provide college money for
the children of U.S. military personnel killed on
duty after 9/11.
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The American Legion
Legacy Run, an annual
cross-country motorcycle
event, raises more than
$500,000 a year for the
scholarship fund.
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REVIEW QUESTIONS
What are the four pillars of The American Legion?
Name two programs started or revised by The
American Legion after 9/11.
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VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
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The American Legion
Extension Institute
NATIONAL SECURITY
AMERICANISM
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Veterans Affairs and
Rehabilitation History
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The VA&R Commission's purpose is twofold:
 Provide oversight, guidance and support for an effective
Department of Veterans Affairs
Assist veterans as they pursue their benefits
The Legion's Economic Commission focuses on:
Veteran employment and business opportunities
Education benefits
Veteran homelessness
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The American Legion supports a nationwide network of
service officers who are specially trained and certified to
help veterans and their families understand, seek and
obtain government benefits they are eligible to receive.
American Legion service officers work on more than
160,000 cases per year, always free of charge to the
veterans and families they help. Thousands more are
helped by Legion-certified service officers throughout the
country at the city, county and state levels.
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The American Legion's Regional Office Action Review
(ROAR) investigative team conducts site visits at VA
regional offices where claims are processed in order to
gauge success, monitor efficiency and collect information
to help the Veterans Benefits Administration reduce its
massive backlog of unresolved cases. The site visits by
these quality review teams are conducted by VA&R
professional staffers at both state and national levels.
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How do I fit in?
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REVIEW QUESTIONS
Name the purposes of the VA&R Commission?
Who does The American Legion employ and train to help
veterans and families obtain benefits?
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The American Legion
Extension Institute
NATIONAL SECURITY
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The arrival of The American Legion's National
Security Commission coincided with the creation of
the Department of Defense and the departments of
the Army, Navy and Air Force. The commission's
purpose has always centered on a well-funded and
resourced military, quality of life for those in
service, and adequate benefits for military retirees.
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Specific aspects of the national security pillar include:
 Support for the Department of Homeland Security, and
protection of U.S. borders, ports and other points of access
 Comprehensive disaster preparedness
 Transition assistance for personnel moving from the military to
VA health-care systems, including discharge review, medical
and physical evaluation board advocacy, representation during
the medical discharge process, employment counseling,
education benefits and training
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New York’s twin towers
New Orleans Superdome
& convention center
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Quality of Life for Troops, Retirees and Military Families:
 Adequate Base Housing
 Family Support
 Pay
 Insurance and Health Care
 Quality Care for Military Retirees
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Operation Comfort Warriors
A program administered by The American Legion Public
Relations and National Security divisions that is
dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded military
personnel by providing them with comfort items not
usually supplied by the government.
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Operation Comfort
Warrior
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Nationwide, nearly
50,000 veterans a
year donate more
than 80,000 pints of
blood potentially
saving more than
240,000 lives.
Blood Donor Program
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Foreign Relations
The Foreign Relations
Commission also works
closely with U.S. and
international authorities
to repatriate all military
personnel missing in
action or held as
prisoners of war.
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How Do I Fit In?
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Lobbing
Military Benefits And Retirement.
Media
Family Readiness Group (FRG)
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REVIEW QUESTIONS
What American Legion program is dedicated to meeting
the needs of wounded military personnel?
What commission works with U.S. and international
authorities to repatriate all POW & MIAs?
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VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
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The American Legion
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To do important work for the youth of America,
sponsoring American Legion Baseball, the National
High School Oratorical Contest, American Legion
Boys State and Boys Nation, Boy Scout activities
and many other citizenship and objective-training
activities.
To combat subversion and all un-American groups
and activities.
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Americanism
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“… inculcate a sense of individual obligation
to the community, state and nation, …”
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Civic Responsibility
Respect for Law
Appreciation of Freedoms
Knowledge of Government
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Over 540 Teams
sponsored annually
Almost 100,000
players annually
The league was first proposed at an
American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD
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American Legion
Baseball
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American Legion Boys State and Nation
Two outstanding participants in each of the 49 Boys State
programs attend American Legion Boys Nation in
Washington, D.C. They represent their states as senators
and are assigned to one of two mock political parties. The
delegates then caucus, organize into committees, conduct
hearings and act on bills they introduce into the Boys
Nation Senate, all to learn how the federal government
and its agencies operate.
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Tom Brokaw
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The Boy Scouts of America was the first youth
activity officially recognized by The American Legion
at its first national convention in 1919.
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Every year, the Legion
awards a $10,000 college
scholarship to The American
Legion Eagle Scout of the
Year and three additional
scholarships of $2,500 each to
the first, second and third
runners-up.
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The Americanism Pillar grew strong in the early
years of the organization. In a conference called by
The American Legion in 1923, the first U.S. Flag
Code was drafted. It would become law in 1942,
formalizing standards of respect for the banner
under which our nation's military had fought.
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How Do I Fit In?
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REVIEW QUESTIONS
Which group is the chief fundraiser for The American
Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund?
What was the first youth activity recognized at the first
American Legion National Convention?
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VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
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The American Legion
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NATIONAL SECURITY
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In 1924, Legionnaires elected James Drain of
Washington national commander and charged him
with raising a $5 million endowment fund to aid
disabled veterans and orphans. Today, the Legion's
Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program
provides direct aid to veterans' children through
earnings from that endowment fund.
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In 1947, The American Legion's Child Welfare Committee
became a commission, and in 1970, its name was changed to the
National Commission on Children & Youth. This commission
has three objectives:
 To strengthen the family unit in an increasingly more complex
society
 To support other organizations and agencies that provide
services for children and youth
 To provide communities with well-rounded programs that
meet the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs
of young people
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Family Support Network
Through The American Legion's Family Support
Network (FSN), Legionnaires assist families of
deployed military personnel in various ways:
child care
yard work
car repairs
grocery shopping
routine household jobs
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Child Welfare Foundation
The CWF has granted more than $11 million to
hundreds of deserving organizations that contribute
to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
welfare of children and youth.
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The Legion supports appropriate state and
federal legislation restricting the excessive use of
violence and vulgarity in movies, TV programs,
news, video games and the Internet.
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To promote child safety, the National Commission
on Children & Youth publishes several educational
brochures for parents and children. They are:
Warning Signs of Youth Suicide
Make Halloween a Safe and Fun Night
Gateway Drugs
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Other Children and Youth programs are:
Temporary Financial Assistance
Child Health
National Family Week
Operation Military Kids
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TFA Sacramento
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How Do I Fit In?
After World War I, the Legion's founders knew
they had to step up for the children of their fallen
comrades and for the families of veterans who
had become disabled in the service.
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“If you are active in your community doing the
programs that affect your community, you will meet
your membership goals.”
PNC Thomas P. Cadmus, MI (2004 – 2005)
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“Membership success is not determined by fancy
footwork or gimmicks. Effective membership programs
are the result of one thing, and one thing only, and that
is effective leadership.”
PNC John A. Brieden, III, TX (2003 – 2004)
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REVIEW QUESTIONS
What Children and Youth program has granted more
than $11 million dollars to deserving organizations
supporting the welfare of our children?
Which commission produces educational brochures like
Gateway Drugs and Warning Sings of Youth Suicide?
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VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHAB
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The four pillars are supported by commissions and
committees that fulfill such responsibilities as:
legislative action
financial management
membership administration
special events and communications
These services ensure that American Legion membership
is stable and growing, well-informed, and given ample
opportunities to meet regularly and assume leadership
positions.
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Other Committees & Commissions
The Internal Affairs Commission is responsible for a
number of programs and projects but its main
responsibilities are membership growth which is the
lifeblood of the organization, sustainment of that
growth and healthy posts.
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The American Legion Flag and Emblem Sales
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The American Legion
emblem is a registered
trademark and cannot be
used without expressed
written consent of the
national adjutant.
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The American Legion
Emblem
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The National Public
Relations Commission
provides a portfolio of
tools for posts and
Legionnaires to spread
the word about the
organization, including
sample speeches, news
releases
and
public
service announcements
for radio and television.
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In addition to printed
publications, the Magazine
Commission is responsible
for:
National website
Facebook
Twitter & YouTube
Online Update
Burn Pit
Many others
3.1 MILLION PER MONTH
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The list of opportunities to serve is nearly limitless for
those who call themselves Legionnaires.
 Service officer
 Boys State counselor
 Baseball manager
 Commander
They are the Legionnaires the organization’s founders
envisioned.
They are you.
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