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  Special articles submitted to the “California Legionnaire”

  1.  6th Annual “Jim Hakney’s Night Out” - California Party - 97th Nat’l Convention
              by Marilyn Rideaux, Commander’s Aide
  2. Survey:  Veteran Perceptions on Help-Seeking Activities
          shared by Hugh E. Crooks Jr, CA NECman

The American Legion Launches New Fundraising and Awareness Campaign
          by Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant

  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

6th Annual “Jim Hakney’s Night Out” 6th Annual “Jim Hakney’s Night Out”
 California Party - 97th National Convention

by Marilyn Rideaux, Commander’s Aide

     6th Annual “Jim Hakney’s Night Out”  Download Flyer: PDF Format (new page opens)
     California Party - 97th National Convention - Cruise, Dine & Dance

      new-arrowMonday, August 31, 2015  6:30 - 9:30 PM  Spirit Cruises Baltimore, MD
        $50.00 per person
        RESERVATION & PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 12, 2015 to guarantee this rate.
        Spirit Cruises will require full payment of $80 per person for late-comers.
        Please direct any questions or concerns to Marilyn Rideaux, (310) 293-1246
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The American Legion
Launches New Fundraising and Awareness Campaign

   by Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant

     The American Legion is launching a national awareness campaign to raise funds to help our organization assist veterans, their families, young people and communities. The first installment of that campaign will focus on the mental health needs of veterans, particularly those who are battling the signature wounds of today’s war era: PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
     Because these messages will air nationally and before audiences that may be unfamiliar with The American Legion and its services, you may receive calls, visits and other correspondences from veterans in need,or their families. If the request is routine, please handle as you usually would, as being a service organization. If the need is urgent, refer the veteran or family member to a VA emergency support service, such as:

     • Suicide prevention hotline: 800-273-8255, press 1.
     • Texting service: 838255
     • Online chat service:

     If a veteran comes to you or your post as a result of the message, please be welcoming and helpful. Offer him or her the services of the nearest accredited American Legion service officer, who can easily be found online at  or connect the veteran to local resources through your post service officer or other members.
     Please feel free to contact Chuck Krupa, Managing Director of Non-Member Fundraising at 317-860-3030 or  if you have any further questions.
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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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