NEW RESOLUTIONS

The American Legion

National Executive Committee

Held on

Mail 2020

Voted the following Resolutions;

The electronic vote by the National Executive Committee on Res. # 5: “Vision & Mission Statement” has been concluded (a copy of the resolution is attached).  There were 59 “Yes” votes, and 1 “No” vote, with the National Commander not voting due to protocol.  Therefore the resolution is adopted. 

We will begin to make posters of the vision, mission, values and motto for dissemination to departments and posts. 

The vision, mission, and values statement will help define which topics The American Legion should issue statements about (along with the guidance from our adopted resolutions). 

The “motto” does not replace “For God And Country”; it summarizes the essence of the vision, mission and values statement. 

None of the aforementioned replaces the purposes enumerated in the Preamble to The American Legion Constitution, which are our ultimate guiding points.

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Resolution P

No.: 5

Title: Vision, Mission, Values and Motto of The American Legion

Origin: Finance Commission

RESOLVED . . . . . . .That The American Legion adopt the following vision statement:

“The American Legion strengthens America by improving the lives of our veterans, the military and their families.”; and, be it further

RESOLVED . . . . . . That The American Legion adopt the following value principles:

• A VETERAN IS A VETERAN – which means The American Legion embraces all current and former members of the military and endeavors to help them transition into their communities.

• SELFLESS SERVICE – which means The American Legion celebrates all who contribute to something larger than themselves and inspires others to serve and strengthen America.

• AMERICAN VALUES AND PATRIOTISM – which means The American Legion advocates for upholding and defending the United States Constitution, equal justice and opportunity for everyone and discrimination against no one, youth education, responsible citizenship and honoring military service by observing and participating in patriotic and memorial events.

• FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – which means The American Legion meets the unique needs of local communities.

• ADVANCING THE VISION – which means The American Legion educates, mentors and leads new generations of Americans.

• HONORING THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US – which means The American Legion pays perpetual respect for all past military sacrifices to ensure they are never forgotten by new generations.; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, . . . . . . .That The American Legion adopt the following mission statement:

“The American Legion strengthens our communities, states and nation with programs and services for our veterans, the military and their families.”;

RESOLVED, That The American Legion adopt the following motto: “Veterans Strengthening America.

WELCOME HOME!

2-218th Field Artillery Soldiers

2 August 2020

American Legion, Post 180

Milwaukie, Oregon

Post 180 was recently informed that approximately 390 Oregon Army National Guard soldiers  from 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery will be returning to their homes in the early days of August.  The homecoming will occur in two groups on separate days, with arrival at Portland International Airport.  The soldiers are based at several armories in Portland, McMinnville and Forest Grove.

Post 180 Commander Michael Wilson has been in contact with Second Lieutenant Wynn from Forest Grove, a Project Officer with the Oregon Army National Guard.  Cmdr. Wilson offered to welcome the soldiers home with an individual voucher, inviting the holder to drop by The American Legion in Milwaukie, and receive informal “welcome home” greetings from some of the Post membership.  As part of the welcome, the Post will offer a free beer and a free “all American hot dog”, or a chili dog.  Post 180 wishes to express “thank you for your service”in a homey way to the returning men and women.

On Friday, 31 July, Lt. Wynn represented the returning Oregon Army National Guard, and met American Legion Post 180 Commander Michael Wilson.  A box of the vouchers that will be passed out to the returnees was given to Lt Wynn for his disbursement.  A photo of the meeting of the two principals is included with this post, as well as a sample of the voucher to be distributed.

Michael Wilson, Post 180 Cmdr. presents vouchers to Lt Wynn of 2 – 218 FA

ANARCHISM

WHAT IS ANARCHISM?

A political philosophy and movement that rejects all involuntary, coercive forms of hierarchy. It radically calls for the abolition of the state which it holds to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful. (Wikipedia) It is a state of society without government or law and foments political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control. Areas of Portland and Seattle are recent examples of where anarchism is getting a foothold.

Below is a statement and mailing to Posts across this nation from National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford.

That Other Virus

By James W. “Bill” Oxford

There is a virus in America that could cause more long-term destruction than COVID-19. Just as the novel coronavirus can quickly devastate a healthy body this other virus threatens lives, neighborhoods and infrastructures. No person or place is truly safe. It can embed itself inside a peaceful protest and turn it into a nightmare of violent rioting and retribution. It turns Americans against Americans. This virus is called anarchy.

Perhaps no one should be more concerned about this virus than those who justly fight for civil rights and equality. Their cause has been hijacked. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor receive only occasional mentions on the evening news while footage of statue-toppling, tear gas and batons dominates. One network’s description of a live event will usually have the opposite perspective of another network. Division is a symptom of this virus and its cancer has reached a stage unseen since the Civil War. The patient is quickly approaching stage 4.

At our 1962 National Convention, American Legion delegates defined “Americanism” in such an eloquent manner that we still adhere to it. It stated that the essence of Americanism is class, religious and racial tolerance.  Written as if it were a vaccine against our current anarchy virus, it further states “law and order are essential to the preservation of Americanism while lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”

That’s worth repeating. “Lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”  Peaceful protests against racism are just, admirable and constitutionally protected. It’s ok if protests make people feel uncomfortable. A good protest is supposed to do that. But many people feel unsafe. This is what distinguishes protestors from anarchists and rioters.

Whether generated from the extreme left or the extreme right, the cracked skulls and burning buildings don’t care. They are damaged, sometimes permanently.

Instead of fighting this virus like good scientists, public officials are failing us. People are being killed while local, state and federal agencies fight over jurisdiction. Add partisan politics to the growing list of symptoms.

Most police officers are brave and honorable. Some are not and those who abuse their positions should be held accountable. In the fog of a riot, it is sometimes difficult for officers to distinguish between a peaceful protestor and a violent anarchist. Again, police officers who commit crimes should be prosecuted. Same with a brick-throwing anarchist.

Federal agents are charged with enforcing federal law and protecting federal property.  State and local law enforcement officers have parallel responsibilities in their respective areas. Mayors, governors and the federal government must work as one when it comes to public safety. Agencies at every level must collaborate.  People are dying. The enemy is not each other. It’s the violent anarchist. Unity is the cure.

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

Media Contact: John Raughter, jraughter@legion.org, (317) 630-1350


CORONAVIRUS SCAM WARNING

Coronavirus scam warning

COVID-19 Consumer Scams

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, the FCC has learned of scam text-message campaigns and robocalls that prey on virus-related fears.

COVID-19 text scams may falsely advertise a cure or offer bogus tests.

COVID-19 Text Scams

Scammers can use links in text messages to install malicious code on your phone or launch a phony webpage to collect personal, health insurance, or financial information for use in other scams. COVID-19 text message scams offer cures, warnings about the need for a test, or “special offers.” Do not click on links in texts related to the virus, and check cdc.gov/coronavirus for the most current information.

Some text scams are impersonating government agencies. The FCC has learned of a text scam claiming to be from the “FCC Financial Care Center” and offering $30,000 in COVID-19 relief. There is no FCC program to provide relief funds to consumers. The text is likely a phishing attempt to get banking or other personal information from its victims.

The Better Business Bureau is warning of a text message scam impersonating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Recipients are told they must take a “mandatory online COVID-19 test” using a provided link.

Another government imposter text begins with “IRS COVID-19 News” and includes a link and instructions for recipients “to register/update your information in order to receive the economic impact payment regardless of your status.” The link points to a website designed to look like the IRS’s and requests identifying information, including date of birth, social security number and filing status. Ultimately, it requests a debit or credit card number to “verify your identity.”

The FCC has also learned of other bogus consumer offers with coronavirus hooks, such as a text scam offering five months of free Netflix service. If you receive a suspicious text purportedly from Netflix, the company has a webpage with instructions for what to do.

If you think you’ve been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.

The FCC offers the following tips to help you protect yourself from scams, including coronavirus scams:

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding.  Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.

Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding.  Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.
  • Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating. (Learn more about charity scams.)

If you think you’ve been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately.

For more information about scam calls and texts, visit the FCC Consumer Help Center and the FCC Scam Glossary. You can also file a complaint about such scams at fcc.gov/complaints.

Bureau/Office: 

Consumer and Governmental Affairs