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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Legislative

Chairman Deb Lewis
217-898-6788
lewisdebbie@yahoo.com

Teaming Up With Our Legislators to Bring Home the Gold!

The ALA Legislative program works with the Legion family and our elected Legislators to promote legislative priorities that strengthen our military, the VA system, Veteran’s affairs, and Americanism. The National purpose statement for this program is "To train and inform our members to become grassroots advocates for veterans, servicemembers and their families with local, state, and national elected officials, supporting the Legislative agenda and initives of The American Legion."

While members are always encouraged to make their concerns known to their elected officials, it is important to remember to only refer to the American Legion when promoting specifically outlined objectives of the American Legion Legislative Agenda. An updated Legislative Agenda was published January 1, 2017. This update has many new and cutting edge priorities; all ALA members should familiarize themselves with the current Legislative Agenda. It is available for download in the Legislative section of the American Legion website (https://www.legion.org/legislative)

Through the American Legion Legislative pages members can also sign up for alerts through the Legislative Action Center Action E-list. This program sends periodic reminders and updates about upcoming legislation the American Legion supports. The Legislative Action Center also provides a convenient system for contacting your Legislator regarding specific actions supported by the American Legion. It’s a simple and quick way to reach out to your elected official. There are currently two actions available to support; Expanding the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Supporting the American Legion Coin Bill. Take a moment to fill out your Legislative Action today! Auxiliary members can also sign up to receive the "Digital Dispatch" newsletter at: https://www.legion.org/dispatch.

The Auxiliary Legislative Advocacy guide is a great resource for member wanting to support the legislative efforts of our organization. With the recent changes in the political environment in Washington, D. C., the American Legion has recommitted to support of a Flag Protection Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.  The Citizens Flag Alliance has updated its information and efforts for this priority. More information and tips can be found at http://www.citizensflagalliance.org

The Department Legislative awards will be:

1. 1978 Sluggers Legislative Plaque for the Unit with best overall participation in the Legislative Program. Rules will be published in the ALA Today and on the Department Website.

2. A $10 personal award for the runner up to the 1978 Sluggers Plaque.

National Awards are:
Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit Legislative Program
* Deadline: June 1, 2018
Send to National Division Chairman, Sue Verville, postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on June 1, 2018.
* Units will need to complete a National Report and Awards Cover Sheet found in the Awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Program Action Plan.
* Units should provide details/examples about their legislative activity as outlined in the awards materials and guidelines section.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items

Click Here: Legislative

  • Legislative Advocacy Guide
  • How to Contact Legislators to advocate for Veterans, Servicemembers and their Families