American Legion Petaluma
Four Pillars Service
The Legion lobbies Congress for a well-funded, appropriately staffed VA that can handle benefits claims efficiently, quickly and accurately.
Locally, Legion volunteers work individually with veterans to help them navigate the complicated benefits application process. You can set up an appointment with the Petaluma Post 28 Veterans Service Office by calling (707) 347-9085 or sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an appointment with our veterans Service Officer.
As the VA backlog continues, The American Legion is leading a national conversation about accountability to veterans and reforms aimed at veterans receiving timely appointments and the benefits they earned throughout their service.
The Legion conducts System Worth Saving visits to VA centers across the country. These monthly visits include a thorough assessment of the facility, and discussions with patients and staff at VA. This information is then compiled and published in a report.
The American Legion also works one-on-one with veterans to ensure they receive proper benefits. Accredited American Legion service officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families.
The majority of service officer work involves claims for VA disability benefits, but these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits and other topics.
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EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS
The American Legion conducts, promotes and supports hundreds of veteran career events nationwide each year. Thousands of veterans land jobs because of these efforts.
The Legion helps place hundreds of other veterans in job-training programs every year. Working veteran-to-veteran with The American Legion Small Business Task Force, along with the Small Business Administration, Department of Labor, VA and corporate associates, the Legion helps veterans understand the federal contracting process and offers personal guidance for career-seeking veterans.
VETERANS EDUCATION AND THE GI BILL
The American Legion was instrumental in the creation of the modern Post-9/11 GI Bill, providing veterans with education benefits that better meet today’s needs. Following its passage, the Legion has continued to fight for even more improvements to the benefit, making it more helpful to National Guardsmen, reservists and those pursuing online education.
VA VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Legionnaires collectively donate around 1 million hours of service a year at veterans health-care facilities, working through the VA Volunteer Services program. These volunteer hours save the federal government at least $18.5 million a year and connect Legionnaires with veteran patients and their families.
In order to protect America, troops and their families must have support. The American Legion plays a vital role in supporting the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedoms.
American Legion posts throughout the nation:
- Adopt military units
- Deliver care package
- Provide emotional support for families of deployed service-members
- Welcome deployed troops home
Specific examples of these efforts include – Arranging transportation to reunite soldiers with their families for the holidays and Organizing fundraisers to buy phone cards for use in combat zones.
Such assistance doesn’t end when service-members return home. At U.S. military installations across the country, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, and Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA,
Legion staff members help troops work through the medical discharge process and provide representation before medical examination boards to reconcile disability ratings.
Military Quality of Life
The Legion’s support of the U.S. military “from adequate funding for weapons systems to reasonable child-care services for deployed troops” is respected in the Pentagon, at the White House and on Capitol Hill.
Support for Tricare
The U.S. military’s health-care system and medical insurance program frequently face challenges in Washington. The American Legion persistently testifies on the need to keep Tricare and Tricare For Life viable and affordable benefits of military service.
The American Legion works with the Department of Homeland Security at the national, state and local levels to prepare for natural disasters. In many communities, American Legion posts serve as civil-defense shelters and havens of relief in the event of catastrophe or attack on U.S. soil. The Legion and DHS collaborate to help posts prepare their communities.
The American Legion maintains a strong working relationship with the State Department to promote peace, human rights and trade on a global scale. The Legion urges the president and Congress to continue pursuing the “smart power” strategy of using military and economic strength in tandem with foreign aid and human-rights negotiations to fulfill U.S. foreign policy.
Full Accounting of POW/MIAs
The American Legion maintains unwavering support for the full accounting of all U.S. military personnel taken as prisoners of war, missing or killed in action on foreign soil. Official meetings of the Legion start with a prayer to honor our nation’s POWs. POW/MIA flags, patches and pins are displayed at Legion events to demonstrate the organization’s eternal vigilance
From Legion Baseball to Boys & Girls State / Boys & Girls Nation to Legion Riders, there are plenty of opportunities to make your mark within Americanism.
Boys & Girls STATE / NATION
Young men and women throughout the country learn firsthand how government works during American Legion State and Nation. From each Boys and Girls State program, two delegates are selected to attend Boys and Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., where they form a mock federal Senate and meet with top officials in the nation’s capital.
At the national, state and local levels, The American Legion provides access to dozens of scholarships and education programs.
Opportunities to attend college should not be out of reach for children left behind because a parent died on active duty. This is why The American Legion established The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, which provides funds for the children of military personnel who lost their lives on duty on or after 9/11.
The Legion Riders, with more than 1,500 chapters, have helped raise more than $10 million for the Legacy Scholarship Fund. The Riders also perform a number of services for Legion-supported causes and provide support at military funerals.
- American Legion Baseball
- Junior Shooting Sports
- Oratorical Competition
- Boy Scouts of America
- Flag Education Program
- Operation Comfort Warriors
- School Award Medal Program
- Youth Cadet Law Enforcement
- Strengthen the family unit
- Support organizations that help children in need
- Provide communities with well-rounded programs to provide hope and opportunity for young people facing difficult challenges.
One program within this pillar is Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA). This program provides funds to veterans and military service-members’ families who are struggling and have minor children at home.
For example, when health problems forced a Vietnam War veteran and his wife to quit their jobs, they still had to care for their five children at home. A local American Legion post in California state raised funds to help out and provided money through Temporary Financial Assistance. After a fire at an apartment complex in New Hampshire left the families of five active-duty service-members’ homeless, The American Legion stepped in with $500 in TFA funds for each family. The American Legion provides temporary cash grants to hundreds of families in need each year. Posts make requests for funds from the TFA program, which annually distributes more than $500,000 to help families.
Family Support Network
Established during Operation Desert Storm, this program connects American Legion members with families struggling at home when loved ones are called to military duty. The program takes many shapes. Legion volunteers provide child-care services, yard work, car repairs or other forms of personal help. A dedicated hotline – 800-504-4098 – is available for families looking for assistance.
Child Welfare Foundation
Nonprofit organizations that reach out to help young people in need are supported through American Legion Child Welfare Foundation grants. The foundation provides grants to enhance communications for groups that tackle problems ranging from childhood neglect to substance abuse.
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The American Legion opposes attempts to weaken U.S. laws governing the production and distribution of pornographic materials and takes a zero-tolerance stance on sexual exploitation of children. The Legion also works with local programs, law-enforcement officials and schools to prevent substance abuse among young people in their communities. Other issues of Legion concern include Halloween safety, suicide prevention, support for children of deployed troops, and control over excessive use of violence in the entertainment media.
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