Sons of the American Legion

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The goblins have come and gone and the turkey left-overs

are probably gone --- but there are more to come. I can’t

wait for the pumpkin pie. Spend time with family and friends

during this joyous season. It will help to do battle with the

seasonal depression that comes with this time of year.

The Legion Act was signed into law July 30, 2019 and it

expanded the American Legion eligibility dates. It changed

the number of eligibility periods from 7 to 2. Those two periods are now April

6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 and December 7, 1941 to time the U.S. is longer

at war, as determined by Congress. That also expands the Sons of the American

Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary eligibility dates too. It means there

are thousands of Sons that are eligible to join us that weren’t eligible before.

Remember that eligibility is “All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons

of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who

died in service during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1 of

the National Constitution of The American Legion or who died subsequent to

their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in

the Sons of The American Legion.”

Thanks to all who have renewed, those who came back after an absence,

and those new members who have recently joined us. Remember that your

membership allows you access to any American Legion club in the world --- and

that’s a really big place. There are also many member benefits available by going

to the American Legion website at Some of

those benefits include: computers/electronics, home improvements, moving, real

estate & mortgage services, vision, mobile phones, insurance, travel, prescription

drug, medical, satellite TV and auto club. Using just one of these benefits may

more that pay back the cost of your dues for a a year.

Also, as a member of the Legion Family, you’re eligible for up to $5,000.00

in NO COST TO YOU life insurance coverage. Your beneficiary will receive a

check for $5,000.00 if you suffer a covered, fatal accident while you are traveling

to or from or participating in any covered event conducted for Legion business

--- or $1,000.00 for all other covered, fatal covered accidents.

The Legionnaire Insurance Trust program is a free benefit to all members

of The American Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion.

Those wishing to sign-up for the free benefit should go to

LegionCare2. Scroll down and click on the “SIGN UP NOW” box. You then

enter your Zip Code, Date of Birth, Department, and select if you are signing

up as a Legionnaire, Sons, or Auxiliary. Click “CONTINUE” and fill out your

Membership ID Number, email address, name and address and phone. Click

“CONTINUE”. Lastly, click “YES” to the three boxes agreeing to the terms and

click “FINISH”. It’s just that easy and takes all of three minutes to complete.

Another change that recently took place was a change in the Preamble to the

Constitution. This is only the second time in 100 years that a change has taken

place. The first time was after WW II and “the Great War” was changed to “the

Great Wars” to honor the WW II veterans. Now its been changed from “the

Great Wars” to “All Wars”. This would include all actions since WW II and any

future conflicts.

Our meetings are scheduled for 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month at

the Lincoln Elks Lodge 80 located in the Trade Center. Please join us.

For God and Country,

Fred Craigie

Squadron Commander


Thank you Squadron 3

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Lincoln Squadron 3 of the Sons of the American Legion has routinely

sponsored citizens to attend Cornhusker Boys State and Cornhusker Girls State.

Kelly Kohlhof, a Girls State citizen sponsored by Squadron 3 in June, sent this

note of appreciation. Kelli is a senior at Lincoln Lutheran High School.

Dear Mr. Craigie,

The past week at Girls State will probably impact the rest of my life. Now,

I know that if you talked to anyone who has done this in the past, they will all

say this --- but I now know why.

You meet so many amazing girls; and now, in this day and age, it’s so easy

to keep in touch even though you live hours apart. At Girls State, I tried really

hard to talk to new people, because if I don’t then, I don’t ever think that I

would come out of my bubble and talk to anyone else.

This past week has taught me that you might not have to talk to everyone or

make everyone like you, but you will only take something out if you put in the

effort. During the week, I got the chance to listen to several different speakers

--- and one of my favorites was Julie Slama, a young senator from Peru,

Nebraska. One point that she really stressed was to try. And. if you might not

win or might not get what you want, you put in the effort and you tried. I have

also learned about new job opportunities and pathways that I could pursue after

high school. I also got the opportunity to visit the state capitol many times and I

had the privilege of meeting with a Supreme Court Judge and got to work with

an old case that went through the Court of Appeals.

Throughout the entire week, my town, Washington, had the privilege of

working together and creating solutions for problems in our town. At the end

of the week, we were told the results of the exams that we took earlier in the

week, and I am excited to say that I tied for 3rd on the Government Exam. My

town also received the award of high point town, and our town name gets to be

engraved on a trophy.

I met so many amazing girls that I got the honor of getting to know them. I

just wanted to thank you again for this amazing opportunity. This past week

was certainly one that I will cherish for a long time. Thank you!

Kelly Kohlhofwhere they are.


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