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 http://www.legion.org/benefits. 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 www.TheLIT.com/
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
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,
THANK YOU, SQUADRON 3!
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.