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Town Hall Meeting - October 27, 2014
American Legion Post 496 - 5938 East Parkcrest St., Long Beach, CA 90808


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  Special articles submitted to the “California Legionnaire”
  1.  Let your voice be heard at The American Legion’s Town Hall meeting
       October 27, 2014 - American Legion Post 496

          by Janet Wilson, Department Commander

  2. Survey:  Veteran Perceptions on Help-Seeking Activities
          shared by Hugh E. Crooks Jr, CA NECman

  3.  Youth Environmental Leadership Conference
          by Barbara Ross, Coordinator
  4.  ON-LINE Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D
          by Howard Bender
  5. Califiornia’s Eagle Scout of the Year
          James McDaniels, BSA Troop 7050, Yuba City, CA
  6. Posts now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo
         Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

Let your voice be heard
                                                           Download Flyer - PDF format
 at The American Legion’s Town Hall meeting
  October 27, 2014
  American Legion Post 496 - 5938 East Parkcrest St., Long Beach, CA 90808

   by Janet Wilson, Department Commander

   The American Legion will also up a Veterans Outreach Center at Post 496 from October 28-30, 2014.

   Services provided will include: VA appointment scheduling, grief counseling, benefits claims, and help with enrollment in VA healthcare.

   Operating hours for the command center are:  8:00 am to 6:00 pm on October 28th
                                                                      8:00 am to 8:00 pm on October 29th and 30th
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California’s Premier Youth Program

Youth Environmental Leadership Conference

 by Barbara Ross, Coordinator   (916) 798-3317

     Well, we’re off to a flying start for our 2015 conference, scheduled for May 15-19, 2015.  The Dept. JA is working with the USFS to put a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place which will hopefully cover the program for several years.  When the Forest Supervisor (Eldorado National Forest Big Guy) visited us in May he was so impressed he wants to participate in next year’s program.  His specialty is trying to see how many species of bugs they can find in a designated area.  Amazingly, this is something the students love, so it should be an interesting addition to our already-crowded agenda.
     A fee increase of $50 was approved by the Convention  Committee due to the spike in transportation fees.  The bus fee for students traveling on the bus into Rio Linda will not change.
     All forms are available on the Department website under the Agriculture Commission section.  PLEASE throw away any forms you have from past years, since there are some important changes on the new forms - mailing addresses, alternate paperwork, etc.  Make sure all forms are complete before sending them to the coordinator…signatures, some type of insurance information, LEGIBLE names for both the student and parents, and contact numbers.   If you are sponsoring a student who will be 18 by the date of the conference please contact the coordinator.  This does happen, and the student will be an adult and must sign their own consent paperwork.  We had a young man who missed 2 years of school waiting for a kidney transplant.  He was nearly 20 when completing his junior year. 
     We’re aiming for a total of 46 students again this year which fills up our bus!! 
     About 10 days prior to the conference each family will receive a letter providing them with information about the conference site, emergency contact information, etc.  Bus information is not available until about a week before we leave so we have the most current itinerary information.   Please make sure the students have a complete address on their form which would include apartment or other designation information.
     If your Post doesn't sponsor a student, when you're writing a check for the Auxiliary’s Junior Conference tickets, how about writing a check to the Legion YELC program.  Mailing address is P.O. Box 60494, Sacramento, CA  95860-0494.
     Looking forward to another exciting, successful conference.
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ON-LINE Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D

  by Howard Bender

The Legionnaire Insurance Trust is pleased to announce that online enrollment is now available for the LegionCare No Cost Accidental Death benefit. Please be sure to let your Department know about this one-of-a-kind benefit offered exclusively to Legionnaires.
LegionCare provides all Legionnaires with:
     •  $5,000 in Accidental Death Coverage for covered accidents that occur if you are traveling on official Legion business.
     •  $1,000 for all other covered accidents.
     •  24/7 protection that covers Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are traveling away from home available for all Legionnaires in your Department.
To learn more or to sign up, please visit
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Survey: Veteran Perceptions on Help-Seeking Activities
shared by Hugh E. Crooks Jr, CA NECman

Please tell everyone this:

Dr Wendy Ashley and Dr Jodi Brown are studying veteran attitudes toward help seeking. How veterans feel about seeking help for themselves and other veterans may impact their willingness and/or ability to access available services. Because veterans are at substantial risk for PTSD, depression and traumatic brain injury, we want to identify as many potential barriers to effective treatment as possible. 

We hope you will be willing to fill out our survey (link below). Everything is completely anonymous.

Many, many thanks... Wendy Ashley, Psy.D, LCSW
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American Legion Posts
Now have a guaranteed way to raise big money playing Bingo

by Jesse James, Area 5 Finance Commissioner

     Taking something old and making it new again….bingo…or in 2014 we like to call it Remote Caller Bingo or Linked Bingo. This new method of playing traditional bingo provides a way for American Legion bingo halls to make guaranteed money on their paper and allows players to win much greater prize money.  This works because all American Legion Posts are playing the same game at the same time as if they were in the same room—thanks to a new innovative technology that broadcasts the ball calling of the game to everyone at precisely the same moment.
     For the participants, the bingo game is played in the traditional manner with paper and bingo markers (aka daubers).  The biggest difference for the players is the amount of prize money that can be won by a single player. Where charities playing traditional bingo are limited to paying out a couple hundred dollars on a single game, Bingo Innovations of California, Inc. can help their participating charities payout an unlimited amount of prize money, potentially reaching thousands of dollars on a single game.
     The great advantage for the charity bingo hall is how much easier it is to attract players when large prize money is at stake. In addition, the new California law that allows Remote Caller Bingo was designed to insure that the charities receive no less than 43% of the games gross receipts. This is the highest legislative mandated payout for any charity bingo in the entire United States.
     Because the game is pari-mutual, there is no risk of any kind for each American Legion post. There is a profit for the charity bingo hall in every game played. For those locations that already play a traditional bingo game, you know that having a guaranteed 43% revenue of your card sales is unheard of.  What’s even better…the American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Foundation now has a statewide license—so individual American Legion posts no longer have to deal with the state’s “red-tape” of becoming licensed, they can play under the statewide license already issued. 
     To get more information on how your post can link in with other American Legion Posts statewide and start raising much needed funds, please contact Bingo Innovations of California, Inc. (909) 948-2033 or Email: or visit www.
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