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.
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.”
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.
VFW members around the nation are constantly doing their part to provide support to the veteran community. In New York, for example, Rich Synek founded an organization devoted to feeding hungry veterans after a chance encounter with one at a post office in 2008. After talking with the man, he found out that his family was chronically underfed. That’s when he decided to create Feed Our Vets, a program to ensure that veterans get the food they need to stay healthy.
There aren’t rigid requirements to qualify for the program. Veterans only need to present their DD-214 paperwork and photo identification/VA card to receive food from the pantry. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, please visit www.feedourvets.org.
The author, Carl Buhler, is a graduate of Valdosta State College and is a retired Air Force brigadier general (AF biography at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD). He now serves as CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides subject matter expertise on production, efficiencies, and turnarounds to commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense companies. Still engaged with the military community, Brig Gen (ret) Carl Buhler is a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) service organization.