Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:



Once again we are in the last week of the month and it is time for you to contact your local Army Recruiter to obtain the names of the new soldiers that went on active duty this month.

    As we approach the holiday season, please contact the families of these new soldiers and invite them to a function where you can recognize the family of our newest soldiers by presenting them with a Blue Star Banner, Blue Star Certificate, and a Certificate of recognition from our National Commander and National Adjutant. This is a great time to encourage these families by showing them that we, the American Legion are thankful for their son or daughter’s service to our nation, and we want them to become members of the American Legion Family.

    As I have said in the past, this is a post program to recognize those members of your community who are serving America. This is your program, and you can modify it to fit your local situation.  If you need help or information to get your program going, I can be reached at e-mail or 970-734-5600.

    Have you recognized your local military recruiters yet?     They are also serving America and need to be recognized along with our newest soldiers.

    The Freedom Team Salute, a program sponsored by the Secretary of the Army, can be utilized a local business that supports Active Duty Soldiers, Army Reserve and National Guard. This program is also utilized to recognize those who have served in the United States Army. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you would like more information or need assistance with a nomination.

    Operation Soldier is a program that works to recognize those who serve and their families. This program will increase your membership when these folks see who we are and what we do.

    Christmas Packages being sent overseas should be mailed by December 5th to ensure delivery by December 25th. Packages addressed to “any soldier” are not acceptable. If needed, we can supply names and addresses of individuals and units in specific countries.

Now is the time to act to let a soldier serving far from home that we really do care about them, especially during this holiday season.

    Once again, we will be recognizing future soldiers at our Department Mid-year Convention with a Swearing In Ceremony.