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Post 233 names Oratorical Winner – plus a district update
A Loganville High Student is the winner of the 2018 Post 233 Legion Oratorical. Rachel Christian, won the contest held at the Post on January 20th. Rachel, a senior at Loganville High and 4 year member of the AFJROTC in Walton County, earned a cash scholarship of two-hundred fifty dollars at the post level and went on to take second place at the American Legion District 10 competition for an additional cash prize and a medal. Rachel will now serve as first alternate in the area contest to be held in February in Augusta. Each contestant delivered a prepared oration as well as an oration on a randomly assigned constitutional topic. Rachel impressed the judges with a speech on “Hate Speech and the First Amendment”. Since 1938, The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program has encouraged the nation’s high school students to study the U.S. Constitution and to hone their public speaking skills. For more information, please visit www.legion.org/oratorical
The Riders of Post 233 have created the Cpl. Jonathan Ayers Memorial Scholarship and it is open for essays at this time. If you know of any High School seniors in Gwinnett or Walton County please encourage them to participate. More information is available on our Scholarships page: Click here to view the scholarships home page.
Army, Air Force and Navy Exchange PX Shopping – How to Register
The Army, Air Force and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably discharged veterans to shop online. The target start date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 but, you must register first. Registration has already began. You must call 1-844-868-8672 to register.
Prior to calling the 1-844-868-8672 go online to VETVERIFY.ORG there are several questions, fill out the form. If the screen reapers with the message; “Your Information Cannot be Found” you may be given the option to retry. The Social Security Number filled out the first time with your last four, will now require your whole Social Security number. If the second attempt results in failure, it can be because your information has not yet been downloaded into the site. The system is scheduled to get another update of military personnel the first week of September 2017. The site is loading up the information of fifteen million Veterans, the updating is taking longer than expected.
NOTE: In the event your record is not found after the September update, the next course of action is to get a DS LOGON Level 2 this will serve as proof of eligibility for access to the Military Exchange Service, then call the 844 number, they will work to help you get registered. The two sites use two different databases, DS Logon Level 2 application uses to Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)
The following link explains DS Logon Level 2:
[Copy and paste the above link in your web browser]
A: For help with:
- Remote DS Logon identity proofing over the phone to upgrade to a Premium (Level 2) Account (requires receipt of VA compensation through a direct deposit or Electronic Fund Transfer).
- Add Veteran to Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) requests for people who qualify for phone proofing Call the Veterans Affairs Benefits & Services—Telephone Assistance Service to speak with an eBenefits Specialist
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm Eastern Time 1.800.827.1000, option 1, option 7, option 0
For help with:
- eBenefits General Questions & Technical Issues
- DS Logon eligibility for VA affiliated people
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm Eastern Time 1.800.983.0937, option 2
For help with:
- Problems or questions about the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS)
Please visit the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) FAQs at https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.
Four Pillars of The American Legion
Do you know the four pillars of the American Legion? Can you name them?
- Veteran’s Affairs and Rehabilitation
- National Security
- Children and Youth
Each of these areas has spawned a variety of Legion programs to further the aims of the Legion in that area. Now is a good time to remind yourself about all the good works of the Legion and to recommit ourselves to the Four Pillars. You can read more about the Four Pillars by clicking this link.
Kroger Community Rewards
Would you like to donate to the Post without it costing you a cent ? It’s easy with Kroger Community Rewards. Just sign up, using the Kroger button to the right and each time you shop, the Post gets a small percentage of the total bill. If we had our 800 members participating, that small percentage would add up quickly. So please, take a moment and register, it will mean a lot to your Post!
Welcome Veterans and Friends of Veterans!
The American Legion in Loganville is open to EVERYONE!
Yes, that’s right, the public is always welcome. The majority of the events held at the Legion do not require membership. If you are eligible to become a member but would still like to get an idea of who we are, please join us as our guest for any of our meetings. To determine eligibility please visit our eligibility page. Please note, you are eligible to become a member of the Auxiliary if you are a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras. Sons of the American Legion members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
Contact us today to attend one of our events, be our guest or sign up to become a member! We look forward to meeting you.
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