American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida

Legislative

Dee Bell
Legislative@alafl.org

Introduction letter
American Legion Legislative
Action Center

Legislative
POW MIA Stamp Act
American Flag Petition
Program Action Plan

Copy of FUBA’s 2017 E-Advisor_District Capitol Info Only
Copy of FUBA’s 2017 E-Advisor_District Capitol Info Only

Program Notes

Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US House of Representatives
www.veterans.house.gov
Military Funeral Honors
www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil
Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US Senate
veterans.senate.gov
Arlington National Cemetery
www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US Senate
veterans.senate.gov
Arlington National Cemetery
www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
www.va.gov
Federal benefits for Veterans and Dependents
www.va.gov
Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Home Page
www.va.gov/health/environ/persgulf.htm
Career Resources for Veterans
http://www.jobhero.com/veteran-career-guide/
Federal Jobs for Veterans
www.usajobs.opm.gov
VA Home loan
www.homeloans.va.gov
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
www.nchv@nchv.org

7-Point Plan to Get Your Representative to Pay Attention

  • Write the member a personal letter and expect a response within thirty days. Do not use a form letter or postcard.
  • If you haven’t heard from your member, call to ask for a meeting with the staff member in charge of veterans issues.
  • Be concise at the meeting. Have your facts straight and all your sources.
  • Request that your issue/concern be placed on the radar screen and supported by your member.
  • If the above isn’t working, stand outside the member’s office or committee door. Introduce yourself when she/he passes by and tell them about your concern as simply as possible. Back up your statement with facts.
  • Send a thank you letter for the time and support the member gives to your issue.
  • Hold her/him accountable. Send a note of appreciation if she/he votes yes. Send a note questioning a no vote.

Purposes

American Legion and Auxiliary members are interested in legislative measures which come before the United States Congress and the state legislatures. Through lobbying efforts The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are able to influence legislation of benefit to veterans, the community and our nation.

National and State Legislative Committee

The national organization of the American Legion Auxiliary has a National legislative Committee which works closely with the National Legislative Commission of The American Legion. The American legion Commission has offices in Washington. D.C. and continually promotes the passage of The American legion sponsored legislation. Departments of the American legion and Auxiliary also have Legislative Committees which function in a similar manner within the states.

Unit Support in Legislative Work

When measures important to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are before the lawmaking bodies for consideration appeals go out for support on these measures. At such times the unit members should contact their representatives urging them to take the action desired.

How Legislative Policy is Formed

In al matters of legislation the American Legion Auxiliary follows the action of The American Legion, never endorsing any measure until The American legion Has firs endorsed it and never following a policy which does not coincide exactly with The American legion’s stand.

The Department Conventions formulate the legislative program for each Department and also follow the action of The American Legion Department Convention. They outline the policy to be followed in regard to measures to come before the legislatures of their stats and also pass resolutions on national measures to be referred to the national Conventions.

Legislative Work for the Unit

The legislative activities of the Unit may be handled by the Unit President, by a standing Unit committee, or by a special committee appointed to conduct the work in special emergencies. The legislative matters usually deal with some other phase of Auxiliary work, such as Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation – getting beneficial legislation for veterans; Children and Youth – securing legislation beneficial to children of veterans and children generally; National Security – securing national security measures; or Americanism – obtaining the passage of measures to promote better citizenship or to curb the activities of radicals. The arousing of public sentiment in support of such measures might well be left to the committee handling the activity under which they fall.

All Unit Legislative Chairmen should subscribe to The Dispatch. The American Legion’s publication. This biweekly newspaper describes current legislative issues and other news pertinent to The American Legion family. Subscription requests with payment should be sent to The Dispatch, The American Legion , PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.

National Awards

Department Award

An award will be presented to the Department Chairman in each Division reporting the most outstanding overall Legislative Program. All entries are to be in narrative form and are not to exceed 1,000 words. Pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. are not to be included. Only those reports that include return postage will be returned. The Department Chairman must submit her entry to the Division Chairman on or before June 1.

Unit award

An award will be presented to the unit Chairman in each Division reporting the most outstanding overall Legislative Program. All entries are to be in narrative form and are not to exceed 1,000 words. Pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc..are not to be included. Only those reports that include return postage will be returned. Entries are to be judged at the Department level and one winning entry from each Department is to be forwarded to the Division Chairman on or before June 1.

NEW Unit Award

An award will be presented to the Unit Chairman in each Division reporting the most outstanding overall “Getting to Know Your Legislators” Program. All entries are to be in narrative form and are not to exceed 1,000 words. Pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. are not to be included. Only those reports that include return postage will be returned. Entries are to be judged at the Department level and one winning entry form each Department is to be forwarded to the Division Chairman on or before June 1.

The American Legion National Legislative Awards

These awards will be based upon copies of congressional responses forwarded to the Commissions’s Staff Office in Washington, DC. Eligibility for citations will be based upon two factors:

  • The number of congressional responses in relationship to the Department’s membership.
  • The timeliness of congressional responses forwarded to the National Legislative Commission, The American Legion.

For accounting purposes, citation eligibility will be based upon congressional responses received in the Legislative Commission Staff Office by July 31 for the preceding 12 month period.