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The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation
September 7, 2023 Executive Board Meeting
First dinner meeting for the 2024 Fiscal Year will be 28 September 2023. The price has been increased to $30 per person. The program is to honor Girls State attendees.
WORLD WAR 2 VETERANS HONORED AT MAY MEETING
Eleven World War 2 Veterans were honored at the May 2023 dinner meeting. Each was presented with a quilt donated by the Laguna Woods Crazy Quilters.
Dennis Powell, Pat Burr and Alan Clark at 2023 Club Expo
2022 CHRISTMAS VISIT TO MARY FAY SCHOOL
(Left to Right) Principle Brian Frost, Alan Clark, Pat Burr, Dennis Powell, Jackie Yencer, Steve Munzinger, Nan Stafford, Sam Higa
Members of the American Legion Post 257 and Saddleback Kiwanis visited Mary Fay Pendleton School to distribute gift cards to 46 teachers.
2022 Boy State Delegate Orientation Dinner
2022 Boys State delegates and parents attended the Orientation Dinner to prepare for Boys State to be held at California State University, Sacramento from June 18- June25 2022. Laguna Hills High School is represented by Kia Arfania and El Toro High School is represented by Prince Plotena. The boys and parents will be invited to our September 2022 meeting and will talk about their experience at Boys State.
Girls State Delegates sponsored by the Auxillary will be invited and asked to talk about their experience at Girls State.
FEB 2022 DINNER MEETING
The Februrary 2022 dinner meeting featured entertainment by The Grumps, dance music provided some exercise for those that participated, quite a sight! A lap quilt was donated by a prospective Auxiliary member for delivery to the VA Hospital, Long Beach. Excellent dinneras always was provided by Tomas Martinez. It was great to see and talk to people again after over two years. The next meeting will be on 24 March.
Girls Next Door provided entertainment for the audience with patriotic songs.
The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
The Honor Flight Network is a national network of independent Hubs working together to honor our nation’s veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to the memorials in Washington, D.C., a trip many of our veterans may not otherwise be able to take. Participation in an Honor Flight trip gives veterans the chance to share this momentous trip with other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share their stories and experiences with each other.
The Honor Flight Network is currently serving veterans who served from World War II to the Korean War and through to Vietnam. We also serve catastrophically ill and injured veterans from all service eras.
To participate in an Honor Flight trip, please contact your nearest regional Honor Flight hub.
A listing of all active Hubs can be found HERE.
Honor Flight Network - Home
Lou Tirado reported to Post Everlasting on 1 July 2021, just short of reaching 101.
GRAVESIDE WITH MILITARY HONORS
Riverside National Cemetery
JUL 29. 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM (PST)
22495 Van Buren Blvd
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
JUL 31. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)
Saddleback Church - Plaza Room
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
“Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of America... In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.”
Military Service Badges and Pins: Insignia History
ARMED FORCES DAY
Tribute to Commander Joe Rainey
click on the link below
Pearl Harbor Day Tribute to Veterans
Story for Veterans Day
Dr. Trinhs Story
19 October 2020, Post members gave a presentation on flag etiquette to the American Heritage Girls (AHG).
The AHG Program provides girls with a deeper understanding of their country and heritage. Girls cultivate honor for their country by participating in patriotic events, flag ceremonies, serving in their community, and through badge work. Serving others and being active citizens with their Troop, fosters a lifelong love for their country.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Email scammers are at it bright and early this morning using our Commanders name to solicit funds. It looks real but remember that we will never ask for donations via email.
DO NOT SEND MONEY, GIFT CARDS OR ANYTHING OF VALUE WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING AND VERIFING THE REQUESTOR.
Sam Higa 7-4-2020
MORNING COLORS at Laguna Woods Clubhouse 1, Pat Burr and Alan Clark
Post members are performing morning and evening colors since staff reductions have taken place due to the covid 19.
2020 Boys State canceled for the first time due to covid 19
NEWS-01: Korean War "Ambassador for Peace Medal."
Submitted by: Bob Mensch, Senator 24th Dist on 3/1/2020
I am pleased to announce that I am working with U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to invite eligible U.S. veterans
to apply for the Korean War "Ambassador for Peace Medal."
The "Ambassador for Peace Medal" was by the government of South Korea and will be awarded
to U.S. veterans in a future presentation ceremony honoring recipients. Eligible U.S. veterans must
complete an application and provide a copy of their DD214 for verification purposes by the Korean
To be eligible, U.S. veterans must have served in Korea at any time during the period of June 25, 1950
through July 27, 1953. U.S. Navy veterans are eligible if their vessel was assigned to Korean waters
during this specific time. UN peacekeeping forces assigned to Korea through December 31 of 1955 are
also eligible. Medals can also be provided posthumously to family members with proper documentation.
Applications are available at my office or by visiting www.senatormensch.com/Korean-
If you need an application to be mailed to you, or if you have questions, please call 215-541-
2388. Completed applications and a copy of your DD214 can be returned to my office or mailed to
the Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey at 200 Chestnut Street, Suite 600, Philadelphia, PA
19106. The deadline for the application is Friday, April 3, 2020.
Again, if you have any questions, please call 215-541-2388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
accept my most sincere appreciation to all veterans for their service and contributions.
Senator, 24th District
Majority Caucus Chair
BOYS STATE 2020
Anyone that would like to be a member of the team selecting the delegates for 2020 Boys State please contact Sam Higa 949-216-0883.
For information about Boys State click here
New Commissary Access for Vets and Caregivers
Click here to watch a video of our annual visit to Mary Fay Pendleton School
Carrier Lincoln Is Finally Headed Home. But Families Say the Navy Broke Trust
To Strengthen a Nation 1: Formation of The American Legion
IT'S TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, THE YEAR ENDED 6-30-2019
DUES ARE STILL ONLY $45 PER YEAR
Combat boots on display at OSU bring attention to veteran suicides
Meetings are held Clubhouse #1
on the 4th Thursday of each month - main lounge
24323 Calle Aragon
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
PO BOX 2246
LAGUNA HILLS, CA 92654
In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed a bill July 30 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941.
The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.
The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
“Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing do and it is long overdue,” National Commander Brett Reistad said. “The families of those who were killed or wounded during these wartime acts should take pride in knowing that we recognize their sacrifice and service. Moreover, we are proud to welcome any of the six million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’”
Now that the legislation has been signed, The American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are changed.
The law’s journey began on Feb. 14 when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., introduced S. 504, along with Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. A companion measure, H.R. 1641, was introduced in the House by Reps. Lou Correa, D-Calif., and Ben Cline, R-Va.
Reistad expressed gratitude to the bipartisan members of Congress for passing the legislation.
“We are grateful that President Trump fully acknowledges the importance of The American Legion by signing the LEGION Act in the White House today – just one week after it passed the House of Representatives,” Reistad said. “In an era of partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats in Congress overwhelmingly recognized the importance of allowing thousands of honorable but previously ineligible veterans the right to join the largest and most influential veterans organization in the country.”
Reistad pointed out that existing American Legion membership applications are in the process of being updated but can still be used. “In the meantime, I recommend that prospective Legionnaires and recruiters write ‘LEGION Act’ in the eligibility date section of American Legion membership applications if they fall outside the previous war eras,” Reistad said. “The larger pool of veterans now eligible for The American Legion will also open their family members to eligibility in the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary as well.”
Dr. Dung Trinh's video from Vietnam.
BOYS STATE DAILY NEWSPAPER (click on the link)
Eff. 11/01/2017: All honorably Discharged veterans (don't have to be retired) are now eligible for On-line PX purchases- but no commissary privileges. Sign up online: "shop exchange.com"
Hit "Register" on top right hand corner of website to enter your
Username & password. It might take time to register this way.
If veteran has access to a military base, they can sign up by going to customer service counter at their PX/Commissary - a lot faster.
They cannot purchase at the PX/Commissary- only online.
If they get a "Star" Credit Card through the PX, they get free shipping for orders over $49.00. Also - purchases thru online is "tax free" !
Call Jim Woodin if any questions at (949) 830-8402
Bill Price, Commander of American Legion 257 in Laguna Woods, stands in front of the full scale
model of the Voyager 1 space craft on display at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in La Canada,
CA. that is currently heading into interstellar space. Bill is a retired physicist and worked on
radiation testing of all systems of the spacecraft to "harden" the electronics against the high
energy radiation fields at Jupiter during his career at JPL before his retirement in 1979. Bill was
part of a tour hosted by the Chicago Club, a Laguna Woods social club on Wednesday December 6th to
JPL that involved a 20 minute overview of the space program and its history, tours of the space
craft museum, the space craft assembly bay and finally Mission Control. It was a wonderful day
capped by talking with Bill about his experiences. Bill’s name was placed on the Voyager along with
all who worked on the program so somewhere in deep Interstellar space, the name William Price will
By Ron Kula
Post Member Dr. Dung "Iggy" Trinh is interviewed on Village Television about Alzheimers Disease. Click on the link below for the youtube video.
2017 BOY/GIRLS STATE DELEGATES
Kelly Dang (Mission Viejo), Varsha Nair (Trabuco Hills), Celine Wherritt (Laguna Hills), Evan Noce (El Toro), Christopher Cross (Laguna Hills), and Nicholas Hembree (El Toro)
The Boys and Girls State Delegates, each outstanding in achedemics, athletics and community service, gave the Post a talk about their experience at Boys and Girls State. They learned and experienced how the state government operates from the local to state level. They had the opportunity to run and campaign for elected offices. They were competing with other equally talented delegates which was described as intimidating. The Post is proud to have sponsored these truly outstanding young Ameicans.
BACK FROM HOUSTON
Dr. Dung Trinh (front row 2nd from right) member of Post 257 returns from Houston with team of volunteers.
Story from the OC Register (click here)
99TH AMERICAN LEGION CONVENTION
American Legion Post 257 Commander, Bill Price, attended this year’s National Convention in Reno, Nevada, held August 18 to 24th 2017. There were delegates representing every state in the union. There were Color Guard contests and many committee meetings to discuss issues of importance to the Legion. There was a parade on Sunday with the delegates from each state wearing identical colored t-shirts. The California delegation wore red. The viewing stand had the Top legion officers and some dignitaries. As each unit passed the viewing stand all members gave an “Eyes Right” and a salute.
President Trump was at the convention and gave a well-received address about veterans’ benefits. Immediately after the address he signed the “The Veterans Appeals and Modernization Act” on stage.
The American Legion National Commander for the new year was elected. It is Denise Rohan of Wisconsin, the first woman to be so honored. There were a number of dignitaries at the Convention. We were addressed by Senator Ted Cruz, who was given an Award for his work helping the Legion win a court battle over keeping safe war Memorials which contain religious symbols. Other Awards and speeches too numerous to mention here were given. All in all, it was a busy time. Next year’s Convention will be the 100th. It will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the very first American Legion Convention was held.
The speaker next Monday would be a great one for the Legion to hear. The speaker will be Linda Jeffries of the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin. She will be showing a video of their work with the homeless of Orange County. She will also be talking about a new shelter for homeless veterans called the Tustin Outpost.
They also have a ranch for alcoholic vets called the Mustard Seed Ranch near Temecula. It would probably be a great program for the American Legion. Lunch is $10, meeting starts at 11:45. Call or email Jim Burge at 949 830 9120 or email@example.com for reservations.
BILL PRICE ELECTED POST COMMANDER FOR FY 2018
Gifts to the Foundation come in all shapes and sizes, even in the shape of a wheelchair! On June 8, Vince Howley, medical aids coordinator for American Legion Post 257 in Laguna Woods, donated a brand-new wheelchair for Escort & Messenger volunteers. The wheelchair will be used to transport patients around the hospital. We are so grateful for this wonderful contribution that will benefit our patients. Thank you so much to Vince Howley and American Legion Post 257!
Wayne Yost, Dana Point VFW Post 9934 and Sam Higa American Legion Post 257 at Trader Joes in Aliso Viejo
NATIONAL POPPY DAY
MAY 26, 2017
Tony Teravainen, President and CEO, of Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) is presented a $1,000 donation from Post 257 Service Office/Quartermaster. STEP's mission is building financial self-sufficiency with our young military, veterans and their families through financial counseling, emergency grants and other support programs.
See https://www.stepsocal.org/ for more information about STEP.
2017 GIRLS STATE DELEGATES
In the photo from left to right: Pat Burr, Girls State Chairman; Varsha Nair, Trabuco Hills H. S.; Celine Wherritt, Laguna Hills H. S.; Kelly Dang, Mission Viejo H. S.; Vanda Bresnan, Post 257 Commander.
ANNUAL DONATION TO MARY FAY PENDLETON SCHOOL
“Veteran Honor Ride”
Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army and the American Legion Post 716 Family proudly presented the Second Annual Veterans Honor Ride (motorcycle rally), saluting our Nation’s Veterans. This year, the organizers changed the route of the ride to include passing the WW II Submarine Memorial. Ed Arnold contacted the Sea Cadets and 70 of them “Manned the Rail” outside the main gate and saluted the riders as they rode past. The Orange County Register and The Los Angeles Times graciously donated considerable space with lengthy articles and lots of photos. Many thanks for their publicity! The proceeds of the event benefiting the Military and Veterans Resource Center at the Joint Forces training Base, Los Alamitos. The center is the "go to" location for the delivery of benefits to our local military community. The center provides assistance to more than 1,500 Troops, Veterans, and their family members each month. Members of all branches of the service who enter the facility can get assistance including: emergency financial support, employment, education, finances, V A support, legal assistance, and healthcare. These services are available before, during, and after unit deployments. After 15 years of protracted fighting, our Veterans and their families are in need of our help - The Center is an essential provider of that support.
Note: Post 257 has made donations supporting the Joint Forces Training Base.
I genuinely want to thank you as well as The American Legion Post 257 for the wonderful opportunity to attend Boy’s State. Chandler and I both had several amazing experiences at our states capital, whether it was meeting our assemblyman or learning the ins and outs of our local, county and state government. While there I ran for the county level position of tax assessor. I took several speech classes in preparation for my campaign and had the opportunity to deliver my speech to over 250 people. This was a phenomenal experience for me due to the profound amount of skill that I obtained in order to make other speeches in the future. I was successfully elected as my county’s tax collector and assessor allowing me to work directly with our elected governor and be exposed to many new ideas and face even more learning opportunities. Aside from the food Chandler and I agree that Boy’s State had absolutely zero negative aspects and we are proud to vouch for the legitimacy of the program and what it can do for anyone who is interested in politics. The program had the perfect blend of camaraderie as well as actual work in order to ensure that every individual there had a good experience and was able to make lifelong friends. Many people that I met at Boy’s State will be my friends for years to come.
Again I appreciate the opportunity that you gave me by designating me as one of the representatives to attend Boys State. This has truly been a wonderful experience that I will remember for a lifetime.
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Since our charter in 1967, our American Legion Post has been welcoming veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, County, and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace, and blessings for our country, friends, and families.
Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.