SAL Dues Notice

To all members( including duel members and Jr. members)  of the Squadron 29 of the American Legion – Marietta

Good morning!  Do to the fact that the National Sons of the American Legion have raised our membership costs – we at Post 29 in Marietta must do the same.  Effective immediately our dues for the year 2019-2020 will go from $20.00 to  $25.00.  This is the first increase in our dues in over 15 years.  Our duel member and Jr. member costs will remain the same at $10.00  per member. 

Sr. Vice Commander Randy Wright and Adjutant Tom Rieger have the new cards to handle renewal and new members.  Please try to take advantage of the early bird special – a free breakfast in Oct. – so renew and sign up early to take advantage of this special offer.  

Last year we had 72 new SAL members of Post 29 – Let’s all try to continue to recruit folks that qualify to be SAL members and who are interested in helping veterans and helping the entire American Legion Post 29 family become stronger, better and more viable in the community! 

If you have questions about the increase in dues or any activities / issues with the SAL do not hesitate to give me a call.  I look forward to being of service to each of you and please know that it is a honor for me to serve as your Commander. 

Tom Bell

Commander -Squadron 29

Sons of the American Legion

921 Gresham Ave. NE

Marietta, Ga. 30060

770 331 5580

Great VA Information Links

VA Experience Welcome Kit–Here is the weblink to the new VA Experience Welcome Kit 

You can download the information in black and white and color—the links are just below the article.

Mission Act–Here is a link to the final community care regulations under the Mission Act

National Center for PTSD—Here is the new weblink to PTSD Awareness to include a complete guide to PTSD basics, and a new PTSD app to manage PTSD symptoms called “PTSD Coach”.

Georgia Military Hall of Fame Nominations


Nominations are being accepted for the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF). The GMVHOF is a non-profit organization with the mission of honoring Georgia Veterans and is currently accepting nominations for 2019. If you know any Veterans, please consider nominating them to this rare and noble hall of fame. Eligibility: Living or deceased Veterans who served in one of the five branches of the military and was either born in Georgia, or entered the military in Georgia, or have lived in Georgia for at least ten years. A Veteran may be nominated in one of three categories: VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat; ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the military while in service; SERVICE – Significant contribution to mankind after military service. Nomination packets are accepted through the last Friday in August. All packets are automatically considered for up to three years with no additional effort required after initial submission. The GMVHOF is in the Floyd Veterans Building across the street from the Georgia Capital Building. For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website (http://www.GMVHOF.org) or contact GMVHOF Founder & Director, Paul Longgrear @ PaulLonggrear@yahoo.com; C: 706-302-2220 or GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board, Rick White @ rickwhite4750@gmail.com; C: 678-427-0915

Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame

PO Box 475

Pine Mountain, GA 31822

http://www.GMVHOF.org

WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW

* WHY

The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) – Mission Statement: “The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame exists only to Honor Georgia Veterans and to Educate Georgia Youth and Citizens about real Heroes.”

* WHO

The GMVHOF is an organization that is:

– Georgia Military Veteran Focused

– Not in receipt of any government financial support: No tax money from any source is sought or accepted.

– Non-Profit: IRS approved 501 (c) (3) / IRS ID # 46-2025738

– State of Georgia Recognized, Authorized, and Approved:

Georgia Secretary of State – Approved – 20 February 2013

Georgia Senate – Resolution – 22 March 2013

Georgia House of Representatives – Resolution – 18 February 2015

* WHAT

– A “Veteran” is one that possesses an Honorable Discharge and a DD Form 214 from the active or reserve component of the

US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard.

– A “Georgia Veteran” is one that was either Born in Georgia, or Entered the military in Georgia, or Lived in Georgia for at least

ten years.

– A Georgia Veteran, alive or deceased, may be nominated in one of the following three categories:

VALOR – Heroic action(s) in combat for which an award(s) for heroism was awarded

ACHIEVEMENT – Significant contribution to the well-being of the military while in service

SERVICE – Significant contribution to the local community, state, or nation after leaving the military

* WHEN

The GMVHOF Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet is held each year in November at which time approximately 15 Georgia Veterans are inducted. Since 2013, 100 Georgia Veterans have been inducted (’13: 18; ’14: 16; ’15: 15; ’16: 17; ’17: 17; ’18: 17).

* WHERE

The GMVHOF, with the citations and photos of 100 Georgia Veterans (to date), is located on the Plaza and Balcony Lobby levels of the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building (Twin Towers) at 2 Martin Luther King Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30034. The Floyd Building is across the street from the Georgia Capital Building and is open Mon – Fri, 6 AM – 6 PM, closed Sat & Sun.

* HOW

Nomination Packets: The GMVHOF can accept Nomination Packets through COB of the last Friday in August for the Induction Ceremony to be held in November of that year. Once it has been determined that the Nomination Packets are complete, only the Cover Letters are electronically forwarded to an Independent Selection Committee (ISC). The ISC members do not know each other, never meet as group, never communicate with each other in any manner, and must not reveal the fact that they serve on the ISC. This insures a totally un-biased, un-influenced, “blind”, and fair process. All packets are automatically considered for up to three consecutive years with no additional effort required after initial submission. Mail Nomination Packets to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822.

Donations: All donations that are received by the GMVHOF are used only to honor Veterans. Donations of any amount will generate a receipt to the Donor as long as their contact information is provided. All donations are tax deductible (IRS ID # 46-2025738). Donations may be mailed to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. .

* POCs / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION For additional information and / or questions go to the GMVHOF website (http://www.GMVHOF.org) or contact: GMVHOF Founder & Director: Paul Longgrear / Email: PaulLonggrear@yahoo.com / Cell: 706-302-2220 GMVHOF Co-Director & Chairman of the Board: Rick White / Email: rickwhite4750@gmail.com / Cell: 678-427-0915

* Timeline for each year:

– Each year, the last Friday in August is the Final Cutoff Date for that year’s Nomination Packets to the GMVHOF.

– Each year, the first Saturday in November is the Annual GMVHOF Induction Ceremony & Banquet in Columbus, GA.

For 2019: The Seventh Annual Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet will be held in Columbus, GA on Saturday, 2 November 2019 beginning at 6 PM in the Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th St.). This annual event is open to the public. Prices: Individual – $55; Table of Eight (8) – $400; Table of Nine (9) $450; Table of Ten (10) – $500. Reservations or Donations may be made through PayPal at: http://www.GMVHOF.org or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822 and/or by calling Colonel (Ret) Paul Longgrear @ C: 706-302-2220 or H: 706-663-7004.

Installation of Officers 7.13.2019

Legion, SAL, Auxiliary, and ALR units have all completed their election process for the 2019-2020 year.

Installation of officers for all units will take place at a dinner and meeting at Post 29 on Saturday July 13th. Events will begin at 5PM.

The dinner is sold out. The social quarters will remain open for our members, with our regular activities. Following dinner, a few tables will be reserved in the SQ for guests of our installation.