Have you heard of the LEGION Act that was introduced into Congress on February, 2019. LEGION stands for Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service, which may not be what you think. It is basically two bills, one in the House and one in the Senate, that would allow almost all veterans to join the American Legion.
The government now recognizes:
World War I, April 6, 1917- November 11, 1918
World War II, December 7, 1941- December 31, 1946
Korean War, June 25, 1950- January 31, 1955
Vietnam War, February 28, 1961- May 7, 1975
Lebanon/Grenada August 24, 1982- July 31, 1984
Panama, December 20, 1989- January 31, 1990
Gulf War/War on Terrorism, August 2, 1990 to present
So now the legislators want to add over a dozen conflicts to the list to allow thousands more veterans to join veterans group they previously couldn’t. Membership has benefits, programming, and emotional support. Members of the American Legion and VFW seem to think it’s a good plan.
Some of the 12+ conflicts included in the bills are:
the Greek and Chinese civil wars
the Lebanon Crisis of 1958
the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961
and the Cold War 1947-1991
The Senate version of the LEGION Act is S. 504 and you can go to the link to read that bill.
The House version of the LEGION Act is H.R. 1641 and we have a link for that.
Not sure what the chances of the bills passing are but both are bipartisan bills. All that said I’m not for it or against it but it does sound like a grown up version of everyone who plays gets a trophy.
Enjoy our Tuesday as our basement is pumped out and ready for more rain later today. Now I need some Coffee.
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