From the desk of the Department Adjutant Hugh Dagley
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If there is any doubt The American Legion, Department of Indiana fields a championship team of Service Officers, consider this: Each week, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the Service Office with a total of claims and rating decisions broken down by service organizations active in the state. Our Service Officers’ total is, week in and week out, head and shoulders above the other service organizations. Here are the figures from last week’s report:
• American Legion 297
• DAV 197
• VFW 110
• AMVETS 32
• Vietnam Veterans of America 22
• Military order of Purple Heart 09
• Paralyzed Veterans of America 03
This is your dues dollars at work. Our comrades are not charged a penny for the service, and nearly one half of the Department budget goes to support this activity. The next time someone asks why he or she should belong, point this out. And it wouldn’t be a bad idea to remind your legislators of this, too.
As Yogi Berra once said, “it ain’t braggin’ if ya done it.”
The American Legion, Department of Indiana sadly reports the death of past 8th District Commander Charles S. “Charlie” Decker, a member of American Legion Post 200 in Boonville. Decker passed away Friday, September 12, 2014. He is survived by his widow Marilea Decker, who also served as Eighth District Commander. Charlie Decker was District Commander during the administration of past Department Commander Richard Tonkel (1999-2000).
Past 8th District Commander Charlie Decker's memorial service will be held at
Memorial Park Cemetery
2200 Mesker Park Drive
Evansville IN, 47720,
Monday Sept. 22, 2014 at 2 pm Central.
Military rites by the Warrick County Veterans Association.
Nearly 400 members of The American Legion Family turned out Sunday, September 7, to help dedicate the new Department Headquarters. In his keynote remarks, Past National Commander Jim Koutz captured the spirit of the day. He said, “It is not the hard work that goes INTO something like this … but the hard work that goes ON in a place like this that really matters.” The Department staff and I want to thank you all for attending and for making the hard work of the transition to our new headquarters all the more worthwhile. It is a privilege to serve on the staff; we know that, and we appreciate your participation and support. For those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you here the next time.
As a follower, but not necessarily a fan, of Facebook, I often find the unfiltered, unverified and, frankly, misinformed commentary posted there to be both counterproductive and destructive to the best interest of the organization we all profess to revere. The Department of Indiana has experienced tremendous change over the past few months, change that occurred during one of the busiest times of the Legion year. Change is always unsettling, and a critique of how well the Legion handled the changes is warranted. Raw criticism is not. I encourage those of you who wish to comment on the operations and performance of the Department and its staff to contact me directly for facts that will inform your opinions. And to those of you who have come to the defense of our new staff members, thank you. Such encouragement contributes to their growth and development significantly.
The 2014-2015 Department Directory is in production. It will be available for distribution, as usual, at the Fall Conference. Those officers and officials who normally receive a copy of the directory, but who will not be in attendance, should arrange for someone to pick up their copy. Mailing costs for unclaimed directories are high, and we hope to avoid as much of that expense as possible.
The Department of Indiana currently has 15,375 members covered under the Legionnaires Insurance Trust’s No-Cost Accidental Death and Disability program. This AD&D policy pays a base benefit of $1,000 for accidental death or dismemberment; the benefit increases to $5,000 benefit for injuries or death occurring in the course of Legion business. The coverage is free to Legionnaires and enrollment cards are available from your post or by contacting the department.
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7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
NEW Mailing Address for Headquarters:
The Indiana Department of
The American Legion
5440 Herbert Lord Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
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