The American Legion takes great pride in being able to provide you with this abbreviated and comprehensive guide to veterans benefits. This brochure is not intended to make you an authority on benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) but to make you aware of available benefits and services you may be entitled to, and how to
apply for them.
Questions concerning benefits or eligibility should be addressed to an American Legion Department Service Officer (www.legion.org/serviceofficers), a VA Regional Office, State Department of Veterans Affairs, or a County Veterans Service Officer.
As the remaining appointed leaders are determined, they will be listed on our Contacts page.
Actor James McEachin provides a special reading of "In Flanders Fields" at the 2017 Veterans Inaugural Ball: A Salute to Heroes.
District 16 Meetings, dates are defined in the district by-laws.
The location of the 2017-2018 District 16 meetings will be determined by the District Executive Committee at the July 15, District Organization Meeting.
This new style guide has a lot of good information for Legionnaires involved in producing post newsletters or other documents for the legion. A good item to have in your library of Legion resources.
Here is what the introduction offers:
"This style guide has been developed to assist American Legion staff and volunteers to be as consistent as possible in all written communications. The ultimate goal is for articles, press releases, social media posts, brochures, booklets and other published material to have a uniform style. This booklet does not replace rules and regulations adopted at local posts or individual departments; however, it is designed to offer guidance as to established norms, and is highly recommended for use at every level of the organization."
The American Legion has begun a new electronic newsletter with national distribution, called the American Legion Training Newsletter. We are told this newsletter is being sent to all leaders from district commander on up, or about a thousand Legion Leaders. The Training in The American Legion newsletter is expected to be published every other month. This newsletter will focus on best practices; submissions from grassroots trainers; highlight department led training and is designed to encourage all Legionnaires to take available training. Training at all levels of The American Legion, is taking on a new level of importance. The first edition of Training in The American Legion has been published, you can view it HERE
In this first edition, our District 16's, 'Post Best Practice' e-mail on 'American Legion Leader Elections' has been published
Thank you Paul Brown for your work in helping to develop this new electronic newsletter and selecting our 'American Legion Leader Elections' for publication! We hope to see more good things on training being developed through your good work for our Legionnaires.
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“Who We Are” is a Member Orientation video, where we bring together a series of short videos produced by The American Legion, along with some additional information about our Legion. This training video is part of a larger orientation we support at the post level that includes mentors for new members. The member orientation class facilitated is by one of our post leaders. In addition to the video attendees receive a member survey to help member find the areas where they would prefer to help and they receive a locally produced Member Handbook.
This new section contains some basic information on using graphics, locations to find graphics online and a collection of Legion, Department, District 16 and generic images.
2017 updates of the Post Officer's Guide and Post Adjutant's Manual are now available on the Publications page of The American Legion web site. They are free.
We will all, one day, transfer to the Post Everlasting. Prior planning on issues such as eligibility for burial in a National Cemetery would be a blessing for those we leave behind.
This American Legion's document "What To Do Before a Veteran Dies" is another good pre-planning resource. Here is a sample of the information it contains:
"What to do before a veteran dies One of the eventualities in life that spouses and families of veterans face is the death of their loved one who served America in uniform. To help ease the burden on loved ones, veterans can make preparations in advance.
The first step is to make certain the family has easy access to important documents such as:
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California Legionnaire Deadline
(Post Department Convention issue)
Post 66, Open House
Post 741, Camarillo
Member Muster Software
Free Download for posts in
Department of California
Post 48 - Oxnard
Post 56 - Santa Maria
Post 66 - San Luis Obispo
Post 125 - Lompoc
Post 211 - Lompoc
Post 339 - Ventura
Post 432 - Cambria
Post 502 - Moorpark
Post 534 - Orcutt
Post 741 - Camarillo
National Emergency Fund
Child Welfare Foundation
District Sixteen is an important part of Area 6 in the Department of California. It serves The American Legion Posts in the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.