American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida


Shirley Fashano
2023-2024 Legislative Program Engagement Plan
2023-2024 District Year End Reporting 
2023-2024 Unit Year End Reporting
2022-2023 Legislative Awards
ALA Legislative Facebook Page
3-17-2023 Bill Report Lobby Tools
118th Congress 1st session
November Election Dates

American Legion Auxiliary loves our Veterans.  When it comes to “Politics” our goal is simply, protect their rights under the law and to take action with all American Leaders to protect their rights. As your Department Legislative Chair, I promise to give you all the information on Bills and the resources needed to write your leaders. Together we will make a difference on issues concerning veterans, military life, national security and patriotism. We can #BetheOne by… empowering ourselves to be more knowledgeable in order to take action on The American Legion’s legislative priorities. Start by taking the following actions and you will soon be able to help our American Veterans in a way you never thought possible.

  1. Subscribe to The American Legion’s Legislative Action Alertsat to receive notifications. When they call on Legion Family members to take immediate action on legislative issues you will be notified.
  2. Plug into the American Legion’s Legislative Update and e-newsletters by going to  this will keep you informed on recurring veteran, military, budget and funding, healthcare, patriotism, and awareness issues..
  3. Order a copy of the ALA Legislative Advocacy Guidethrough Department Headquarters or download from their website at Follow the suggestions and guidelines to help build legislative awareness within your American Legion family and your community.
  4. Connect with your Legislators and send them letters at this site.

Always remember we are a non-partisan Legislative team fighting for our Veterans. We must keep an eye on our elected officials, hold them accountable for their actions towards the American Veterans. We must stay politically connected to our government.


Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US House of Representatives
Military Funeral Honors
Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US Senate
Arlington National Cemetery
Committee on Veterans Affairs for the US Senate
Arlington National Cemetery
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
Federal benefits for Veterans and Dependents
Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Veterans Illnesses Home Page
Career Resources for Veterans
Federal Jobs for Veterans
VA Home loan
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

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.

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 all 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.

The American Legion National Legislative Awards

These awards will be based upon copies of congressional responses forwarded to the Commissions’ 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.


Mail to: Shirley Fashano
1108 Sabal Palm Lane
Sebastian FL  32976
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Cell: 321-609-7564