New Forms Online

We’ve been working hard to make things easy. New department forms are now available online. All forms can be found at http://ct.legion.org/ under
“Resources/Documents and Forms” or by clicking here. Included are the officer and chairman certification forms for the upcoming membership year for Posts and Districts. Most forms are fillable PDF’s and can be saved to your local computer. You can also email most forms to the Department Adjutant, saving you the cost of paper and postage. As always if you have any questions on how to fill anything out call the department headquarters at 860-436-9986.

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New Mobile App

As part of its continuing efforts to make communication within the Connecticut American Legion family, The American Legion Department of Connecticut has launched a mobile version of its website that will allow users to more easily access the calendar of events and contact information on their BlackBerrys, iPhones, Android phones, and other small-screen mobile devices and tablets

As more and more Web browsing and online activity shifts to smart phones and mobile devices, it’s essential to take a forward-looking approach and position our organization to grow and thrive in a mobile-dominated world.  Additional information regarding the Department of Connecticut Legion family will be made available on the mobile version (ct.legion.org/mobile) in the upcoming months.
Visit the mobile web app at ct.legion.org/mobile.
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2012 Legacy Run

Indianapolis has served as the starting point for all six Legacy Runs. But with Indianapolis slated to host the 2012 American Legion National Convention, obviously a different approach needed to be taken. And now, plans are being made to finalize the 2012 Run.

The American Legion Riders Ad-Hoc Committee has devised a plan that will incorporate a three-day ride with a three-day expo in Indianapolis, and then culminate with the Riders leading off the annual national convention parade.

The American Legion Legacy Run Home begins Aug. 21 with the National Commander’s Ride, which will start in upstate New York in the home department of National Commander Fang Wong. The riders will escort Wong along the 850-mile Run that will traverse Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. A highlight of the planned Run is a special visit to Garden City, Mich., to pay tribute to the founding chapter of The American Legion Riders at Garden City American Legion Post 396. From there the Ride will travel across Michigan and Indiana before approaching Indianapolis from the west, arriving at Speedway Post 500 on the afternoon of Aug. 23.

The American Legion Riders Expo will run from Aug. 23-25 and will feature a planned series of American Legion Rider social events, such as range and classroom training, Rider program development courses, skills training and Motorcycle Safety Foundation exhibitions. Stout Army Air Field and the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard will provide two hangers, parking, range areas and classrooms to host the events. Dinners, concerts and other activities will be held at area American Legion posts, and the expo will end with a candlelight night ride in downtown Indianapolis and a special ceremony for Legacy Scholarship recipients and their families at the Indiana War Memorial.

The expo has been designed to be family-friendly. Busses will provide transportation for Legion family members to Stout Field for the expo, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is setting up a bonding course that riders of all ages can experience, as well as providing virtual motorcycles to ride. National Guardsmen and active-duty servicemembers will ride the provided courses and participate in the night ride and Legacy ceremony.

The three goals of the expo are to develop skills through a lifelong learning model, to share ideas and to facilitate meetings to share best practices. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police drill team will be doing rider demonstrations, and the setting up of poker runs benefitting Roudebush VA Medical Center and Riley Hospital for Children is in the works.

The American Legion National Convention Parade will take place on Aug. 26 and lead off with American Legion Riders. All American Legion Riders are invited, and there is no registration fee.

Registration for the 2012 event will open in early January on www.legion.org. Expo registration is free to all Commander’s Ride participants. Riders who choose not to participate in the Ride but wish to attend the American Legion Rider Expo may register separately.

Dates for all 2012 American Legion Legacy Run Home activities are:

• Aug. 20 – Assembly for The American Legion Legacy Run Home near Buffalo/Niagara Falls, N.Y.
• Aug. 21-23 – The National Commander’s Ride.
• Aug. 23-25 – The American Legion Riders Expo, Indianapolis
• Aug. 26 – The 94th Annual National Convention Parade

The 2011 Legacy Run raised $668,738.39 for the Legacy Fund. To date, six Legacy Runs have netted more than $2.6 million for the fund, which provides college scholarships for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

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CWF Grants Announced

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, in its 57th year, has awarded $506,683 to 18 non-profit organizations. These grants, determined during the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, held at the Sheraton Hotel City Centre in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday, October 9, 2011, have been awarded to support worthwhile projects through the dissemination of information to the general public and specific target groups. The following is a brief summary of the grants awarded for 2012:

Alstrom Syndrome International of Mount Desert, Maine was awarded $13,125 for their project, “The Alstrom Syndrome Handbook.” This grant will produce a soft cover binder with 12 topic dividers and approximately 40 pages of content, (photographs, figures, graphs, timelines, and supporting materials).

American Humane Association of Englewood, Colorado was awarded $35,250 for their project, “Family Group Decision Making Docutraining.” This grant will fund production and distribution of 3,500 Docutraining workbooks, 100 Facilitator Guides and DVDs and marketing materials.

Angel Flight Soars, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia was awarded $16,564 for their project, “Angel Flight Soars ‘Broadcast Outreach Campaign’.” This grant will fund production and dissemination of information for pilot recruitment and outreach to the general community through medical and other facilities.

Autism Speaks, Inc. of New York, New York was awarded $22,500 for their project, “100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families.” The 100 Day Kit for Newly-Diagnosed Families puts critical information on autism directly in the hands of the people who need it most – parents.

Be The Match Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota was awarded $16,050 for their project, “Super Sam vs. the Marrow Monsters: A Guide to Bone Marrow Transplant for Children.” This grant will produce 3,000 copies of the DVD “Super Sam.”

Birth Defect Research for Children of Orlando, Florida was awarded $18,500 for their project, “Birth Defect Research for Children’s Accessibility & Outreach Project.” This grant will purchase software to allow website visitors to hear the website’s content. Grant will also purchase three ads in the “Healthy Mom and Baby” magazine.

Children’s Institute, Inc. of Rochester, New York was awarded $9,500 for their project, “Building Strong Military Families Through Play.” This grant will disseminate nationwide the DVD package (1,000) to National Guard and reserve centers, and other centers serving military children and families.

Mercy Medical Airlift of Virginia Beach, Virginia was awarded $43,400 for their project, “Child Health Program – Info Dissemination Upgrade.” This grant will provide for five modernized and upgraded websites and a full social media presence providing information to the public and pediatric medical world regarding child patient long-distance medical transportation.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) of Minneapolis, Minnesota was awarded $41,000 for their project, “Voices for Homeless Students.” This grant will produce a redesigned website, “Advocate’s Toolkit” and PSA.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of Alexandria, Virginia was awarded $25,500 for their project, “Child ID App.” This grant will fund the development of an iPhone Child ID application.

Organization for Autism Research of Arlington, Virginia was awarded $49,355 for their project, “Understanding Autism: A Guide for Secondary Teachers.” This grant will produce a video based learning module to provide educators with a working understanding of autism.

Second Wind Fund, Inc. of Lakewood, Colorado was awarded $23,724 for their project, “Teen Suicide IS Preventable: Campaign to educate school gatekeepers about suicide prevention and how Second Wind Fund, Inc. can help reduce the teen suicide rate in their communities.” This grant will allow the Second Wind Fund to develop a short multi-media presentation to be used as a practical guide for school mental health staff, showing the success of the SWEF model’s success in lowering teen suicide rates.

Starr Commonwealth- National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) of Albion, Michigan was awarded $20,000 for their project, “Trauma Informed and Resilience Focused Virtual Resource Center for Military Parents.” This grant will produce a web-based service entitled “Trauma Informed and Resilience Focused Virtual Resource Center for Military Parents.”

Texas National Guard Family Support Foundation (TXNGFSF) of Austin, Texas was awarded $40,000 for their project, “”My Parent Is Deploying To Combat”.” This grant will provide brochures for children in schools that will explain to teachers, counselors, and administrators what it means to have a parent deployed.

The American Legion Department of Arizona/ Detachment of Arizona of Phoenix, Arizona was awarded $49,500 for their project, “Deployment Josh Development Program.” This grant is for a portion of start-up costs for the “Deployment Josh” Program.

The American Legion, Department of Kansas of Topeka, Kansas was awarded $32,000 for their project, “Drug Free America – Ruler – Bookmark.” This grant will produce a six-inch ruler/bookmark containing an anti drug message on one side and the Pledge of Allegiance on the other.

ThinkFirst Foundation (ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation) of Naperville, Illinois was awarded $25,715 for their project, “ThinkFirst Campaign to Prevent Childhood Injuries.” This grant will fund ThinkFirst For Kids Curricula (grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8) 100 sets for each grade level. Additionally, it would fund posters and brochures.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) of Washington, DC was awarded $25,000 for their project, “TAPS Grieving Children’s Care Kit – “Klinger: A Story of Hope”.” This grant will fund a second printing of “Klinger” and purchase stuffed horses.

For more information, contact Bob Caudell (317) 630-1202 / rcaudell@legion.org

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New Commander Elected

I would like to thank all of the delegates to the 93rd Department Convention at Rocky Hill Marriott for their overwhelming support in electing me as your Department Commander for the year 2011-2012. I believe with the support and dedication of the American Legion Family: The Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion and The American Legion Riders, this will be our most productive year ever.

Mary Ann Roczynski
Department Commander
The American Legion
Department of Connecticut

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