The American Legion and Team 100

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Image by: Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

As the American Legion approaches its 100th anniversary in March, 2019, an effort called Team 100, is underway to not only increase membership, but to “draw on our timeless principles, reload and fire them into a second century of service to community, state and nation” according to Brett Reistad, the National Commander of the American Legion.

In an article titled ‘You are Team 100’, National Commander Reistad states “[a]s I prepare to lead The American Legion during its centennial year, I believe this is an opportunity to promote and educate communities nationwide about the organization’s history, four pillars, programs, and contributions to veterans and their families. To support this effort, I have chosen Team 100 to be our centennial membership theme – to bring all our resources to bear, increase our membership and start our second century of service off on the right foot.”

Each Legionnaire can help achieve the intent of Team 100 by identifying and recruiting new members to the American Legion. Often, just asking an eligible person to join the American Legion is what it takes for that person to join the Legion.  For more information, visit https://www.legion.org/dispatch/243100/you-are-team-100.  Also, for a video on Team 100, please visit https://www.legion.org/legiontv/FLlEg8BvcEH4ZVkK6f9s_Z6Q/DGiglYaJa4Y.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired US Air Force Brigadier General (AF bio at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD).  Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com) which specializes in providing consulting services for aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense. Carl Buhler maintains affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations and is a member of the American Legion.

Adrian Peterson and the Redskins

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There has been a lot written about Adrian Peterson (AP) and the role he is playing for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season.  After last week’s victory against the Cowboys, AP is only 26 yards away from passing Tony Dorsett for 9th overall on the all-time rushing list. Additionally, he is 546 yards away from passing Eric Dickerson for 8th overall.

What makes AP’s performance as a Redskins impressive, is the fact he wasn’t signed until the end of August, in the middle of the preseason.  Additionally, and more impressive, is AP’s contract with the Redskins is only a one-year contract, signed at the veteran’s minimum of $1.015 million according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  The contract is guaranteed since Adrian Peterson was on the team during week 1 of the season.

That said, AP brings more than just yards to the Redskins, as he is bringing energy and determination to the team. Also, his post-game recovery program and training program are both lauded by other Redskins players.  AP is also a respected team leader and one whose willingness to play through injuries is serving as motivation to other players.

The author, Carl Buhler, is retired from the US Air Force. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan and predicts a bright 2018 season.

National Day of the Deployed

Photo by Carl Buhler deployedOctober 26 is the National Day of the Deployed and is a day to honor all of the men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives in defense of the United States.  Additionally, this is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the families who are separated from their loved ones due to deployments.  All 50 states officially observe the day as of 2012.

According to the National Day Calendar at www.nationaldaycalendar.com, “Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation. October 26 was chosen by Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany.  October 26 is the date of Hosna’s birthday.”

There are many ways to increase knowledge and understanding of those deployed and their families, such as donating to a veteran’s organization, sending care packages to those deployed, contacting veteran’s groups to see how you can help, or even using the #DayOfTheDeployed social media hashtag.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services to the aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense industries. An advocate for veterans, Carl maintains an affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations.

Legion Legacy Run Brings in $550,000 for Scholarships

The American Legion has a number of initiatives to help veterans and their families, one of which is the American Legion Scholarship Fund. The fund provides higher education financial support for children of veterans who have fallen in active duty post-September 11th, 2001, as well as children of veterans who have become disabled during this period. One of the major fundraising efforts of this scholarship is the Legacy Run, which is sponsored by USAA and has taken place annually over the past 12 years. This year’s run was held in the summer and spanned western parts of the country, including Colorado and Utah, after beginning in Kansas.

This year’s event raised more than $550,000, which will be used for new scholarships. All told, the Legacy Run events have brought in upwards of $7.4 million for the fund.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD), retired from the Air Force in 2018. Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides consulting services to commercial, industrial, and defense companies. Outside his professional life, Carl Buhler continues to support military organizations such as the American Legion.