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Welcome to The American Legion,
Department of Oklahoma!

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The American Legion of Oklahoma

Mid-Winter Conference

January 10th, 2015

Location: Post 73

5000 SE 24th Street, Del City, Ok 

 "For The Good of the Legion"

Veterans Still Serving

 

0830 – Department Executive Committee Meeting

0900- Joint Session of The American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of The Legion

0945 – General session

Department Adjutant

Department Commander

NEC

Senior Vice

Boys State

1200- Break for Lunch

1300 – Break out groups

Adjutant

Centennial Page, Historian duties

Leadership, District and Post leader’s duties

Service Officer

Post activities and membership

1400 – Break out Groups Rotate

Adjutant

Centennial Page, Historian duties

Leadership, District and Post leader’s duties

Service Officer

Post activities and membership

1430 Boy state staff meeting

1530 – General Session reconvenes

Department Adjutant

Department Commander

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Timothy W. Smith

Commander, The American Legion Department of Oklahoma

918-577-8738

commander@okamlegion.org

 

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Dear American Legion department and national leaders:

Improvement projects at American Legion posts and necessary home repairs for veterans in need are eligible to receive grants from The Home Depot Foundation, a longtime supporter of The American Legion. The Home Depot Foundation announced at National Convention last summer that it is dedicating no less than $1 million for American Legion projects throughout the country.

The Home Depot Foundation grants provide American Legion posts with funds and volunteer help to fix the little things that make huge differences: weatherizing windows, insulating attics, interior and exterior painting, installing new ceiling tiles, replacing fans and replacing flooring. Additionally, these grants provide an opportunity for Legion posts to aid veterans in need of home repairs. For one example, on Veterans Day, The Home Depot volunteers made repairs to the St. Louis home of a Vietnam War veteran. A similar effort made a life-changing difference for a veteran couple in Idaho . The Home Depot Foundation and The American Legion have teamed up hundreds of other projects in communities everywhere.

There are two options for applying for the funds:

 

  • Community Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 in The Home Depot gift cards for any project to be completed by The American Legion and/or community volunteers. Team Depot volunteers are not involved in these projects, but these grants are a great option for engaging your Legionnaires and community.
  • Team Depot Grants fund volunteer projects that utilize Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, along with volunteers from your American Legion post.

 

Legionnaires are encouraged to apply for both grants offered by The Home Depot Foundation, but only one at a time. To review guidelines for eligible improvement projects and both application processes, go here . Legionnaires are encouraged to contact their local The Home Depot stores and ask for the Team Depot captains who can assist with grant applications.

It is important to note that applying for a grant does not guarantee approval.

To see if your improvement project qualifies, and to apply for a grant, follow the simple instructions found here.

Questions should be directed to Scott Miller, Deputy Director, Strategic Alliances at smiller@legion.org or

317-630-1220.

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If you are looking for a local News and Media Outlet Point-of-Contact for your area, or anywhere in Oklahoma...go to the Forms and Files Page and see the newest document.This is a very comprehensive list of different News and Media outlets from across Oklahoma; organized by location. Much appreciation goes to the Media and Communications Department for consolidating this information!

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FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are talking to.

Oklahoma State Veteran's Benefits & Discounts  Details

VA Offers Dental Insurance Program Details

IRS Form 990 - Needs to be filled out every year by Legion posts. If your post fails to file this form for three consecutive years, it will lose it's tax-except status. Getting that status back is a long and tedious process. If you're having trouble getting the form filed on time, file an extension. Protect your post. This form can be found here

  

PUBLICATIONS

The entire list of current publications available through The American Legion Publications webpage is now available to you at a snap! On the Forms and Files Page there is a MS Word document that contains the entire publication library by list, with hyperlinks embedded. So, all you have to do is pick the document you want, click on the hyperlink, and PRESTO... you are taken to The American Legion Publications webpage where the document you desire is available for download.

This is a great way to have flyers for Programs, Post and District Manuals, and so many other resources right at your fingertips!