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The American Legion Legacy Run

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August 18-23, 2009

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Let's earn $250,000 for our wounded troops.


American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors
competes for $250K Pepsi grant
Votes Needed!

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2010) – The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors is competing for a $250,000 grant to be awarded by Pepsi Cola, Inc. There are 729 charities competing for grants, which are determined by number of votes received online. As of this morning, Operation Comfort Warriors was third in voting. The top two vote getters will receive quarter-million dollar grants. Rules allow voters to vote for Operation Comfort Warriors once a day through the month of February.
Visitors can cast their votes at
Since December 2008, the American Legion family has raised funds for Operation Comfort Warriors, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded military personnel, providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. OCW ensures that patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards and more.
“The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue. Military service will always include inherent dangers from training and other hazardous duties,” American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill said. “As long as our men and women are in harm’s way, there will continue to be wounded warriors. The American Legion needs to be there for our heroes. Operation Comfort Warriors is an excellent way to show our appreciation for their sacrifices. I urge all Americans to show their appreciation by voting for it on the Pepsi Refresh Everything Web site.”
All administrative and marketing costs for Operation Comfort Warriors are paid for by The American Legion, meaning 100 percent of all donations and grants received go to the troops.
With a current membership of 2.5-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

Media contacts: Marty Callaghan (202) 861-2700; Joe March or John Raughter (317) 630-1253, Cell (317) 748-1926 /(317) 441-8847. A high resolution photo of National Commander Hill is available at

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Riders Forum on main American Legion website

Our web site development team is launching an American Legion Forum on, part of the new roll-out of services and interactive content on the Legion's website.

To take part in Rider discussions, even start a new discussion thread of your own, visit and sign in. Read posts, participate in ongoing discussions, and even start your own.

Bill Sloan (AWACS)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fundraising Idea

Mr. Sloan,

My name is Wesley Thompson I am a SFC in the US Army and an active member of both the American Legion and Legion Riders at Post 192 in Evans, Ga. Since, joining the Legion riders, I have become very impressed and active in campaigning for the Legacy Fund. It is a matter that hit very close to home for us at post 192 as a fellow rider recently lost a brother in Afghanistan leaving behind his wife and 4 kids.

Over the years, I have seen many different companies and organizations execute different events to raise money for various veteran causes such as the Wounded Warrior Project. Recently, I attended a shootout in Ga where different companies donated various firearms for raffle with all the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. This got me thinking....What I would like to propose is creating and raffling an American Legion Rider "Legacy Bike". What I would like to do, is approach several large companies and organizations which have demonstrated support to veterans over the years for donations. With these donation a motorcycle would be purchased and the bike would be custom painted to project the spirit of the "Legacy Run". Next, tickets would be made available for sale, mainly through a website, where anyone could go an purchase them. All of the money raised from ticket sales would go to the Legacy fund. The bike would be ridden on the Legacy Run, and upon completion, the new owner would be drawn and contacted. I think this could be not only a great opportunity to raise funds, but could be an opportunity to create a website where photos of the bike being built and word could really get out about the Legacy Fund, the Legion Riders, and the Legion as a whole.

I would appreciate any opinion you have on this. Still being a new member I have not been exposed to all the rules and regulations which would deal with a situation like this. It would be a undertaking none the less and I know it is not something I could accomplish myself, but I would love to spearhead the opportunity. I do not believe I would be able to accomplish it this year (my first born is due on August 16th...hopefully I will be able to make the run!) but for 2011...I am on board!

I look forward to your feedback and I appreciate your time.

Wesley Thompson