Posts Tagged ‘American Legion’

Farming Careers for U.S. Veterans Promoted by USDA and American Legion

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and American Legion organization have signed an agreement to work together in the development of new business and job opportunities in agriculture to U.S. veterans across the nation. The initiative seeks to spend no additional money, but work in tandem to promote opportunities for businesses and jobs for veterans as well as share information about working in the agriculture industry.

The plan came about when the veteran population showed that 6.1 million veterans live in areas of the country where farming is a way of life and large part of the local economy. In these areas, the American Legion boasts nearly 5,300 posts to help provide a point of access for the new program.

Focus will be put on developing programs to help veterans start new farming businesses, or connect veterans to agriculture-related careers in their area. There will also be contracting preferences promoted for veteran-owned businesses that want to do business with the USDA.

The government employs a large number of veterans and disabled veterans, but 3 departments currently account for nearly 80% of the government veteran workforce. The USDA hopes to join them in the top 4 departments with this new initiative and help all veterans with their employment needs.

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New GI Bill Proposal Could Allow Veterans to Open Their Own Business

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Veteran groups usually work together  toward the goal of helping veterans. A new bill, however, has many of these groups squaring off with one another. If passed, this new bill would allow veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill not for school or education, but to start or run their personal businesses.

The Veterans’ Entrepreneurial Transition Business Benefit Act (HR 114) is the first of its kind. The American Legion and the Paralyzed Veterans of America both support the bill. Groups in opposition include both the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which is the nation’s largest combat veteran group, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s economic opportunity panel is currently taking the bill into consideration. It has been in front of the panel since January of 2009. The belief is a resolution will not be reached on this bill unless the issues between these opposing groups can be settled.

The American Legion argues college does not suit every veteran. They believe as long as the money is there, it should be able to be used to allow veterans to run their own businesses. The end result is veterans being able to support themselves and their families with the money they earned while in service. Many veterans face financial issues when they leave the service and this money could be vital for them.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays $1,368 a month up to 36 months for qualifying veterans. Arguments in support of the bill rest on the idea that Congress should stand behind veterans should those veterans decide to take an entrepreneurial path as opposed to an educational one. Groups argue Congress’ ultimate goal should only concern the future of the veteran.

The VA maintains using the GI Bill money this way would force the VA to draw conclusions as to every veteran’s personal business plans. These are concerns best left to the Small Business Administration, according to VA spokespeople.

While this may not have been the original intent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, there is nothing to say it cannot be modified. If these veterans groups cannot come to some conclusion, however, there will never be any modification.

Learn more about the new legislation proposing a new use for Post-9/11 GI Bill funds.

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Spotlight on a Veterans Organization – The American Legion

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 to assist veterans who served during a wartime period. The Legion is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, but maintains offices in Washington DC.  There are currently 3 million members in more than 14,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

Veterans can get involved in the American Legion at the local level via different departments that organize events.

You are eligible to join the American Legion if you served during one of the time periods below:

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Panama)
August 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War/War On Terrorism)

It costs $25.00 to join the American Legion. To learn more about the organization, visit the American Legion website.

Ohio lawmakers considering honorary day for Vietnam veterans

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Ohio lawmakers are considering the designation of March 29 as “Vietnam War Veterans Day.”  However, the proposed legislation to designate the day has caused controversy and mixed emotions for many Vietnam vets.

The director for the state’s American Legion chapter spoke out against the bill on Tuesday and said that while March 29 marks the date in 1973 that the last troops left Vietnam, it is a day that many veterans remember as a “retreat.”

Other veterans testified and said that they thought it was appropriate to simply be honored on Veterans Day.

Ohio’s proposal for an annual day to commemorate Vietnam veterans follows the recent passage of California’s “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” March 30 was selected by the State of California because some question the historical accuracy of the troop withdrawal date of March 29, 1973.