The Legion’s race continues to care for veterans, families and youth


On May 30, the # 48 American Legion sponsored IndyCar will race around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500. The car will be driven by 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan. The car has already appeared in several races in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, driven by seven-time NASCAR CUP Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Kanaan.

Whether it’s ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ – the Indy 500 – or another NTT IndyCar race, the number 48 car will race not only for The American Legion, but for all veterans, families and young people who will benefit from our programs and services, ”said American Legion National Commander James W.“ Bill ”Oxford in his opening address to the National Executive Committee for its spring virtual meetings. They will run for all positions that stood while the company closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Legion has stepped up during the global pandemic through blood drives, virtual career fairs, Buddy Checks, vaccination sites, food donations and more. To see how the American Legion responded, the story is told and illustrated in an 84-page COVID operations bookazine filled with photos. available at Emblem Sales or by calling (888) 453-4466.

“We may not yet be in the last lap of the race to end this horrific pandemic,” Oxford said. “We may have a few more pit stops along the way. But our engines are powerful. The story of the US response to COVID-19 is still being written. Even so, I’m confident that in the end – the American Legion – and maybe even car number 48 – will accelerate under a checkered flag and come together with other heroes in the winner’s circle.

CEN came together virtually last October for its annual fall meetings and adopted Resolution 22: Face War Forever. “You called on America to take a new direction in the global war on terror,” Oxford said. “We believe in a Forever GI Bill, but not in Eternal War. The American Legion will always support our country’s right to self-defense, but we also believe it’s time to start bringing our troops home after these never-ending wars.

The resolution declares that “our soldiers accomplished their original objectives in Afghanistan a long time ago at great expense …”

As the military returns from the global war on terrorism, Oxford stressed that it is vital for Congress and the White House to ensure that the health concerns of the US military are addressed. “It’s time for Congress to pass toxic exposure into US military law. The American Legion has fought tirelessly for decades to ensure that our Vietnam Veterans receive the benefits many have died waiting to receive. We must fight just as hard for our current generation of heroes.

The 102nd National Convention in Phoenix, Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, is currently scheduled to occur in person with security measures in place. Oxford said he was vaccinated and encourages everyone to do the same.

“I think we’ll be having a real celebration when we meet at our national youth programs this summer and gather in Phoenix for our national convention. But we have to be smart and sure about it. “

While not everyone has been infected with COVID-19, Oxford said a recent survey found 61% of U.S. adults have reported weight gain as a result of the pandemic. “Fortunately, the American Legion has a solution for this weight gain – the second annual 100 Miles for Hope,” he said. “If you haven’t signed up for the 100 Miles for Hope, please do. In addition to getting in shape, we need to remember his real purpose – which is to support our Veterans and Children Foundation.

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The American Legion’s Veterans & Children Foundation provides temporary financial assistance to eligible active duty military personnel and members of the American Legion with children at home. It also supports more than 2,500 accredited American Legion duty officers who provide free assistance to veterans and their families.


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