(INDIANAPOLIS, July 30, 2019) -- The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization thanked President Trump for signing a bipartisan act which will recognize veterans who served during periods not previously considered “wartime.”
The Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act (LEGION Act) opens the door for millions of veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible
“We are grateful that President Trump fully acknowledges the importance of The American Legion by signing the LEGION Act in the White House today – just one week after it passed the House of Representatives,” National Commander Brett P. Reistad said. “In an era of partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats in Congress overwhelmingly recognized the importance of allowing millions of honorable but previously ineligible veterans the right to join the largest and most influential veterans organization in the country.”
The gaps in the war eras were largely during the Cold War, a time when threats to U.S. national security was real, especially to the men and women serving in uniform. Overall, about 1,600 U.S. servicemembers were killed or wounded in hostile operations during periods that were not previously recognized as times of war by the federal government.
“Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing do and it is long overdue,” Reistad said. “The families of those who were killed or wounded during these wartime acts should take pride in knowing that we recognize their sacrifice and service. Moreover, we are proud to welcome any of the six million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’”
Reistad points out that existing American Legion membership applications are in the process of being updated but can still be used. “In the meantime, I recommend that prospective Legionnaires and recruiters write ‘LEGION Act’ in the eligibility date section of American Legion membership applications if they fall outside the previous war eras,” Reistad said. “The larger pool of veterans now eligible for The American Legion will also open their family members to eligibility in the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary as well.”
With a current membership of nearly two million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, patriotic youth programs and Americanism. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 13,000 posts worldwide. From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion is the most influential voice for America’s veterans. The American Legion, www.legion.org, will be celebrating its centennial through Veterans Day.
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THIS BANNER PROJECT WAS DONE IN ORDER FOR LOCAL FAMILIES TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO ARE OR HAVE SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES. BANNERS INDICATE THE PERIOD AN INDIVIDUAL SERVED, SUCH AS "VIETNAM", "IRAQ", ETC., AND ARE NOT MEANT TO IDICATE THE INDIVIDUAL ACTUALLY SERVED IN THAT THEATRE OF OPERATION ONLY THAT THEY SERVED DURING IT. THE KINGSTON VETERANS ASSOCIATION LOST SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS ON THIS PROJECT , WHICH WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COVER THROUGH FUND RAISING AND DONATIONS. THE PROJECT WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO MAKE MONEY, ONLY AFFORD PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO HAVE A BANNER PUT UP WE ARE VERY SORRY, BUT WE DO NOW PLAN TO REPLACE TH EXISTING BANNERS STARTING IN THE FALL OF 2021. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO WAITING LIST. WE WILL BEGIN TAKING NEW ORDERS SOMETIME DURING THE SUMMER OF 2021, WATCH FOR A NOTICE ON THIS SITE OR IN LOCAL KINGSTON AREA NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO STATIONS.
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The Kingston Veterans Association (KVA) was established shortly after the end of World War Two. Its purpose was then and still is today, to pool the resources of all the local Veterans organizations for the common good of all.
Some of the shared responsibilities of our member organizations are the conduct of the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony, the Placing of Flags on the graves of Veterans within the City of Kingston, the conduct of the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony and the Memorial Day Parade, maintenance of the Mount Zion Cemetery, coordination for and conduct of six Memorial Ceremonies prior to Memorial Day, and providing speakers for local schools and civic organizations.
In addition, the KVA conducts Public Recognition Dinners to honor local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals for their support of veterans and their families. Annually we select a local Veteran as our Veteran of The Year to recognize them for their long service to veterans, their families, and to our community.
Many of our members participate in the Honor Guard of VFW Post 1386 which renders graveside honors to approximately 100 veterans a year as they are laid to rest. This is perhaps the most important mission we have.
Any member of one of our member organizations is automatically entitled to membership in the KVA. There are no Dues and we meet on the second Monday of the month at VFW Post 1386 on the By-Pass in Kingston at 7:00PM.
Maintenance/Clean Up of Mount Zion Cemetery - April
Placing of Flags on Veterans Graves in Kingston - May
Annual Memorial Services:
Mount Zion Cemetery, Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Dietz’s grave, City Veterans Monument, & Dockside Service - Weekend Prior to Memorial Day
Memorial Day Ceremony - Monday Federal Observance
Memorial Day Parade - Monday Federal Observance
Saugerties 4th of July Parade - July 4th each Year
Veteran of the Year Dinner - Third Saturday of September
Veterans Day Ceremony - November 11th each Year
There are no Dues and we meet on the second Monday of the month at VFW Post 1386 on the By-Pass in Kingston at 7:00PM.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1386
708 East Chester Street
Kingston, NY 12401