The American Legion National Executive Committee passed a resolution in May 2015 to bring before this year’s National Convention a $5 dues increase to take effect next January. Nearly a decade has passed since the last increase. In Jan 2016, our annual dues will increase $45 to off-set the increase from National, and if dues are paid before January 2016 members will save $10 and pay the old rate of $35.
To learn more about the economics behind the decision,visit the article on the American Legion website here.
National Commander Mike Helm’s comments on this increase:
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,
The Americanism pillar of The American Legion represents many things. The flag we cherish. Pride in country. Mentoring children through wholesome activities. Serving our communities.
The pillar also covers legal immigration, and the Legion supports those who go through the process.
In fact, since I became commander, I have been encouraging posts to work with their local branches of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Just last week, American Legion Post 383 in LaPlace, La., put together a successful naturalization ceremony in conjunction with the New Orleans CIS office.
(And last winter, the Department of Florida helped U.S. Army veteran Stephen Holota navigate the maze of bureaucracy.)
About 150 people from 45 countries including Iraq, Pakistan, Cuba and Vietnam all completed their journey by taking the oath of citizenship at the LaPlace ceremony attended by around 400 people. The 150 new citizens are more than twice the number the New Orleans CIS office usually handles at one time — a credit to Post 383 and the 2nd District of Louisiana that coordinated the event.
Legion Family members escorted each citizenship applicant to his or her seat before the event. “A special touch for these special people,” Post 383 Commander Dave Gatt said. After the moving ceremony, the new citizens were given desserts and offered voter registration forms.
Any post near a CIS office can help organize a similar event. A good starting point would be to review the Citizenship Outreach Guide.
These citizenship ceremonies are truly life-fulfilling days not only for the new citizens, but for their family members too. I know this from experience as my sister-in-law went through the process to become an American citizen.
Her experience was joyous, as were those of the 150 new citizens I saw leave the auditorium with ear-to-ear smiles. They also departed with a sense of purpose and undeniable devotion to America — very similar to what we experience as we fulfill our calling to “foster and perpetuate a 100 percent Americanism.”
For God and Country