Graphic courtesy of The American Legion National Headquarters

On Aug. 3 the U.S. Senate passed S. 1182, The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act before it went on recess. The legislation still needs a vote in the House of Representatives; Legionnaires are encouraged to ask their representatives for co-sponsorship of this important legislation by sending a prepared message here.

The U.S. Congress only authorizes the minting of two commemorative coins per year. Unique among U.S. Mint products, the Legion centennial coin will help raise money for important causes, as well as commemorate important aspects of American history and culture. The funds gained from this bill, introduced in June, would support the Legion’s four pillars of service: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism and Children and Youth.

National Commander Charles Schmidt issued the following statement after Thursday’s passage of the Legion Coin legislation:

“On the behalf of our nation’s American Legionnaires, I extend our sincere thanks to the members of the U.S. Senate, especially Senators Joe Donnelly, Todd Young, Johnny Isakson, and Jon Tester, for the passage of S. 1182 The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.

“This bill will authorize the U.S. Mint to produce a commemorative coin celebrating the 100th birthday of The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veteran service organization with more than 2 million members and 13,000 posts across the U.S..

“The American Legion assists veterans and their families access the benefits they earned while defending our Nation. We ensure America’s veterans receive healthcare and disability compensation for their injuries, and the education and training required to be contributing members of society following their military service.

“S. 1182 is budget-neutral and will generate funds for veteran-support activities in every community in America – at no cost to the taxpayer. One hundred percent of the funds raised by The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act will go to support veteran programs.

“Again, we are thankful for the Senate’s steadfast support of our veterans and military families. We look forward to swift passage of this bill’s companion, H.R. 2519, in the House of Representatives so that the President can sign this important legislation into law.”