Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion

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As we reflect on the Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion, which recently occurred on 15 Mar 2019, we’re reminded of the reason the American Legion was formed. According to the Legion, “[t]he American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.”

To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, Brett P. Reistad, the American Legion National Commander, sent an email to Legionnaires, where he wrote “It all started 100 years ago today when four line officers decided to start an organization to help the millions of veterans returning home from World War I.

And for 100 years, The American Legion has been an influential force in improving the lives of veterans and shaping American society.  Everything we’ve accomplished is because of our Legionnaires — and your commitment to serving our veterans, our communities and our nation.  Together, we’ve made amazing things happen.  Thank you for being a part of The American Legion Family and what you do every day on behalf of our veterans, servicemembers and their families.

I’m very proud of our legacy. I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Happy birthday, Legionnaires!”

National Commander Reistad’s email perfectly captures what the American Legion is all about, plus the impact the Legion has had on veterans.  For more from National Commander Reistad, please watch the American Legion video.

Additionally, there is an informative Centennial Documentary…it’s worth watching and is just under 12 minutes long. The video is available here.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion.

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Four Chaplains Day – February 3, 2019

four chaplain day article by brigadier general retired carl buhler

As February 3, 2019 approaches, we’re reminded of the 76th anniversary of the event remembered as Four Chaplains Day.

Last year, the New York Times released an article that provides a great description of that fateful day.  The New York times wrote “On Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, a military transport ship carrying 902 American servicemen and civilian workers, was torpedoed by a German submarine about 100 miles off the cost of Greenland. In 18 minutes, the ship would be lost under the frigid sea.  Panic ensued. The sailors who were not killed in the explosion or trapped below rushed to the decks, where some of the lifeboats had frozen to the ship, survivors recounted. But four chaplains standing on the decks remained calm, distributing life jackets. When the supply ran out, the chaplains gave the sailors their own.

The New York Times continued, “Only 230 men survived the sinking of the Dorchester, making it one of the worst naval tragedies for the Americans in World War II. Witnesses recalled seeing the four chaplains standing with arms interlocked, each praying in his own way, as the ship sunk. They were Catholic, Jewish and Protestant: Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist Minister, the Rev. Clark V. Poling of the Reformed Church in America, and the Rev. John P. Washington, a Roman Catholic priest.”

For more details behind Four Chaplains Day, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation provides information here.  Additionally, for organizations organizing events to honor Four Chaplains Day, the American Legion recently released guidelines here.

The author, United States Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and lead consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, technology, logistics and production.  Carl is a proud member of the American Legion.

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The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation

American Legion photo - post by Carl BuhlerImage By:  Lucas Carter (The American Legion)

Helping those in need is what the American Legion aims to do by establishing the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. This foundation was established in October 2018 to “advance the organization’s continuous efforts to assist disabled veterans and military parents in need for decades to come” according to the American Legion.

To create the foundation, the Legion’s National Executive Committee approved a proposal to change the name of the American Legion Endowment Fund, which was established in 1925, to a name that is more representative of the Legion’s current mission.

The Legion also began a fundraising drive to increase funds in the foundation, while simultaneously setting a $25 million goal. Funds raised for the foundation are tax-deductible and can be made at www.legion.org/donate. Also, for more information on this foundation, please visit the following website.

The author, Carl Buhler, is a US Air Force retired Brigadier General and CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services across the aircraft maintenance, logistics, supply and production areas. Carl is a member of several veteran support organizations and a proud member of the American Legion.