Friday, April 18, 2014

American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House

National commander meeting with president, VA secretary

American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger will meet one on one Friday morning with President Barack Obama at the White House, just a short time after Dellinger and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will have a similar meeting in the nation’s capital.
Dellinger and Obama will meet in the Oval Office to discuss several areas of concern to the Legion: sequestration and how it impacts quality of life for military personnel and their families, the VA backlog and the Legion’s successful efforts in helping reduce it, and mental health among the nation’s servicemembers and veterans.
Prior to that, Dellinger will meet with Shinseki in a follow-up to Dellinger’s April 9 testimony before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. In his testimony, Dellinger said VA leadership must be held accountable for mistakes that result in preventable deaths at its medical facilities.
During the hearing, Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said that dozens of VA hospital patients in Phoenix may have died while awaiting medical care, and that committee staff investigators also have evidence that the Phoenix VA Health Care System keeps two sets of records to conceal prolonged waits that patients must endure for doctor appointments and treatment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taps by John Wayne

Army Rangers Creed

American flag

The American Legion
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

The American flag has inspired patriots, struck fear in the hearts of our enemies, united this nation in times of peril and honored fallen heroes. The flag is more than a cloth banner, more than a rectangle in the back window of a pickup. It is a globally recognized symbol of freedom, honor and hope.

In times of national emergency, we look to the flag for strength and resolve. Case in point: following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, sales of American Legion flags from the Emblem Sales Division doubled. The following year, they tripled. Amid the ruins and debris of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and the tornadoes of Moore, Okla., our flag stood as meaningfully for the resolve of our nation as it did when raised over Iwo Jima.

I am proud that The American Legion is the nation’s foremost authority on our flag, having led and organized the National Flag Conference in 1923, which established the U.S. Flag Code, and brought order and honor to the way in which our nation’s colors are displayed and respected. I am proud that American Legion posts around the country are trusted to dutifully retire flags that are worn out and need replaced and that, in the ever-changing world of digital media, our American Legion Flag Alert e-newsletter has an open rate of nearly 130 percent, due to the high number of people who forward it to others, who open it. I am proud that The American Legion sends, free of charge, all the U.S. flags that decorate the graves of U.S. military personnel buried in overseas cemeteries.

Moreover, I am proud to say that 100 percent of the flags sold through American Legion Emblem Sales are made in the USA. They are affordable. They are high-quality. And flag purchases from The American Legion help fund programs that provide financial assistance to military and veteran families in need, educational programs for children and scholarships for tomorrow’s leaders.

As we head into the patriotic holidays of Memorial Day, Flag Day and July Fourth, please join me in raising the flag at home and in your community. Please visit the Emblem Sales flag section online. Most of all, when thanking veterans and military men and women for their service this summer, do so inspired by our flag and all it means to our nation and world – past, present and future.

For God and Country,
Dan Dellinger
National Commander
Dan Dellinger
Dan DellingerNational Commander
The American Legion
National Emergency Fund
National Emergency Fund
The American Legion

Members of the Prince George’s County Commission on Veterans

Members of the Prince George’s County Commission on Veterans,

The Department Executive Committee of the American Legion, Department of Maryland approved an emergency resolution authorizing the Department of Maryland to enter into a contract with Liberty Institute to challenge the lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association and others in American Humanist Association et al. v. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, case no. 8:14-cv-00550, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, that the Bladensburg Peace Cross is unconstitutional and must be taken down.  The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Colmar Manor Post 131 have also signed on with the Liberty institute.

At Monday night’s American Legion Prince George’s County Council meeting held at Greenbelt Post 136, Attorney Roger Byron, (a US Naval Academy graduate) from Liberty Institute, briefed Council members on the status of the lawsuit.  Mr. Byron stated that Liberty Institute had retained the Jones Day Law Firm of Washington, DC as their local representative to act on behalf of the American Legion Headquarters, The American Legion Department of Maryland and Colmar Manor Post 131 in US District Court.  Jones Day Law Firm and Liberty Institute are taking on this case Pro Bono.  When asked by members of the Council on how to respond to news reporters inquires, he requested that all queries be forwarded to the Commander of Colmar Manor Post 131.

Bill Milligan
American Legion Representative
Prince George’s County Commission on Veterans

Veterans Appreciation Ceremony

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On behalf of the
Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland
14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
The Honorable Sheila R. Tillerson Adams
Seventh Circuit and Prince George’s County Administrative Judge
invites you to the

5th Annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony and Muster

Duvall Wing, Prince George's County Courthouse
22nd day of May, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
In recognition of our Veterans’ dedicated service in the Armed Forces of the United States for our Country and County
Light refreshments will be served prior to this event
You must register for this event
Deadline: May 16, 2014
Provide a photo of yourself (or unit/squadron/platoon) in uniform along with your service details to be included in the "2014 Salute to Veterans" video by completing theregistration form.
For additional information, please contact: Ms. Lisette DuPree 301-780-2063 or Ms.Joretta Meyer.

·      Location

·       Court House 14735 Main Street Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Past Department Commander Raymond Callegary


It is with deep sadness and regret that the Department of Maryland must report the transfer of Past Department Commander Raymond Callegary to Post Everlasting this afternoon. Ray had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was in hospice care surrounded by his family in his final days. Please keep Ray’s widow Lee and the entire Callegary family in your thoughts and prayers at this time of mourning.

The family is planning the viewing to occur on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1-9pm (times may change as final planning is made, and I will forward any changes to the viewing hours. We have confirmed with the family and the Legion will conduct a Post Everlasting ceremony at 7pm on April 15, 2014. The location of the viewing is Ruck’s Funeral Home, York Rd, Towson MD. We will assemble for the ceremony not later than 6:45pm.

The burial is being planned for Wednesday and I will forward those arrangements once received.

Russell W. Myers Jr.
Adjutant, The American Legion
Department of Maryland
Room E
101 N. Gay St.
Baltimore, Md 21202

(410) 752-1405 (ofc)
(410) 752-3822 (fax)