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Current membership is at 31,999 paid members with a goal of 35,250 members by May 2016. View the updated Department Membership Report dated May 16, 2016.

National Commander Barnett's Tour of Nebraska and Veteran's Walk

National Commander Dale Barnett (GA) will be touring Nebraska from May 15-19. Download the agenda for more details. As part of his visit, on Wednesday, May 18, Commander Barnett and Department Commander Reimers will lead American Legion Family Members and friends in an Awareness Walk for Veterans in Bellevue. Registration will begin at 2:30pm at the Anderson Grove Presbyterian Church and the walk will end at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home. Download the media advisory for more information.

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
2015-2016