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Current membership is at 25,389 paid members with a goal of 35,250 members by May 2016. View the updated Department Membership Report dated November 12, 2015.

2016 Annual American Legion Washington Conference (21-24 February 2016)

The annual Washington DC Conference gives our organization's leadership a chance to meet with elected officials to discuss legislative initiatives and priorities important to Legion members and their families. It also provides a forum that allows Legionnaires to hear from senators, representatives, and officials from the White House and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as they address our members at the conference. This year, the Legion is sharing its deep concerns about the effects of sequestration on national defense, the growing VA claims backlog, recent increases in TRICARE fees and co-payments, and veterans unemployment.

Arrival date for the conference will likely be the 20th with departure scheduled for late afternoon/evening on the 24th. Housing reservations can be made at the Washington Hilton located at 1919 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC. 202.483.3000 – Rooms are $234.00 a night plus 14% tax for $266.76. If a rollaway is needed – those cost an additional $35.00 per night (numbers are limited for rollaways). Additional information will be sent as received.

A Message from the Commander...

Department of Nebraska American Legion Commander Mike Reimers

Welcome to the Nebraska American Legion website. I’m Mike Reimers – the Commander of 33,000 Legionnaires throughout our great State. Take a look at the information available on the website, and if you see something you like or something lacking– let us know. I want to keep our Department website informative and current but we need constructive input from our readers.

My theme this year is "The Four F’s: Family, Future, Freedom and Faith.” In my first segment, I spoke to you about the importance of our Legion family and all the good things Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders do throughout the state to keep our Posts vibrant. More importantly, I reminded you to take a break now and then from Legion duties and tend to your immediate families. Your spouse, children, grandchildren and other close relatives need some of your free time as well.

So let’s talk a little bit about the future and what it has in store for (1) you, personally, and (2) our organization as a whole. At the personal level I would ask every Legionnaire to take an active role in your post. Too many times it is the same Legionnaires stepping up to take on the officer positions in the Post. I have no doubt that those same Legionnaires are ready for a break and will gladly mentor you if you just ask. The Department is currently working with two Posts who want to turn in their charters because no one will step up. GET INVOLVED

So what about the organization’s future on the bigger scale? There is no getting around the fact that our membership numbers are declining and have been for years. That’s the bad news. The good news is there are more than enough eligible veterans in Nebraska to become Legionnaires that would stop this decline and turn this problem around. Again I ask each and every Legionnaire to GET INVOLVED. How many times have you heard, “Membership is everyone’s responsibility” or  “Membership is the life blood of the Legion?" Both statements are spot on. We can’t keep pointing our fingers to other Legionnaires and telling ourselves that they will fix the issue. Each of you should take it upon yourself to go out and find one new member.

Ladies and gentlemen – we can do this but it will take a real effort from every last one of you. We have to get proactive so that the future of The American Legion remains solid for the next generation of veterans. My next segment is on the third “F” - Freedom. So swing by again to read my thoughts on that subject. Until then continue making good things happen for veterans, for your family, and

For God and Country,
Mike Reimers
Department Commander