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Call to spring FODPAL meeting

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FODPAL President Angel O. Narvaez has called for the spring FODPAL meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 0730 hrs., Room 301 of National Headquarters in Indianapolis.

All FODPAL officers and NECmen are expected to attend. All other FODPAL members who will be in the Indianapolis area are also invited to attend.

Doug Haggan

FODPAL Secretary

Past National Vice Commander

Past Department of France Commander

“Still Serving America’s Veterans…Around the World”


Alaska 2018

Philippines 2018

France 2018

Hawaii 2017

Mexico 2018

Puerto Rico 2018

China Post #1 2024

Montreal Post #1 0

Toronto Post #5 2020

Fort Pepperrell Post CN09 0

Tony Matthews Post CN18 0

Calgary Alberta Post CN20 2018

Charles A. Dunn Post CN75 2019

If you owe FODPAL dues, please mail them to

Doug Haggan

5712 Riva Ridge Dr.

Indianapolis, IN 46237


$40 for a department

$15 for a post

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Don't be scared off by an entry-level job

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From | By Lida Citroën

As you get ready to take off the uniform you may find yourself un-qualified for the types of jobs you desire. As you consider additional education and training, why not think about an entry-level job?

I get it: You gained a ton of experience in the military. You managed people under high-stress, high-stakes conditions and you were personally in charge of huge projects with multi-million-dollar valuations. But sometimes changing careers and pivoting from what you know and are trained for, requires starting at the beginning.

What is an entry-level job?

“An entry-level job is a job that is normally designed or designated for recent graduates of a given discipline and typically does not require prior experience in the field or profession. These roles may require some on-site training.” Many entry-level jobs do not come with medical benefits or paid time off.

Before you reject an entry-level job

If it seems you’re only attracting interest for entry-level positions, remember:

  • It’s not personal. Being rejected for a high-level job doesn’t mean you aren’t valuable and important. It also doesn’t mean the employer doesn’t like you.

  • The employers aren’t judging you or singling you out because they don’t like or appreciate you and your service. In many cases, it’s the opposite! An employer might see your potential and know their company well enough to know that you can build a career there if you’re willing to start at entry level.

  • Most professionals in the business world start at entry level. While you have years of experience, training and skill building, the employer might see you as someone who would benefit from learning the business from the ground level up.

  • All military jobs are entry level. The military doesn’t hire people in as Chiefs or Generals, so you’ve done entry level before. Granted, you may feel that you’ve earned the right to not have to repeat this process, but to the employer, you haven’t.

  • In an entry-level role, you could quickly accelerate past your peers and have an edge for promotions and visibility in the company because of the skills and experience you gained in the military.

Can you afford to work an entry-level job?

After you’ve decided that you are willing to earn your way back to a management or leadership position, ask yourself if you’re able to afford to work in an entry-level job – financially and career-wise.

Financially, entry-level jobs typically pay less. The company is hiring someone with (the perception of) lower skills and abilities and is investing in that employee to (hopefully) see them grow in the company. Many entry-level employees leave the company after learning the job isn’t what they wanted so employers typically don’t pay as much for these workers as they might, for instance, for a senior manager position.

Consider, too, any impact to your resume or career goals. Before you accept an entry-level job, ask yourself:

  • Will taking an entry-level job look bad on my resume? If so, how will I explain it to future employers?

  • If I take an entry-level job, can I accelerate in my desired career field faster?

  • Will taking an entry-level job give me the skills, work experience and contacts I need to move into the career I desire?

Not all jobs are created equal. An entry-level job at a progressive company that promotes from within, provides on-the-job training and rewards excellence could be a terrific foot in the door to a new career.

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Legion posts 'proactive' in the fight against homelessness

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What started as a small birthday party/fundraiser has developed into a Kansas American Legion event that has raised thousands of dollars to help get veterans off the streets in the Kansas City, Mo., area.

In three years, the Hold ‘Em for Heroes fundraiser staged at first by American Legion LeRoy Hill Post 19 in Gardner, Kan., and later expanded to include Earl Collier Post 153 in Olathe, has raised more than $46,000 for a Kansas City nonprofit that builds tiny-communities for homeless veterans.

The fundraiser was started by Post 19 First Vice Commander Jeremiah Bull, who wanted to do something for his birthday party to benefit area veterans. Teaming up with Sons of The American Legion Squadron 19 member Robert Carver, the pair decided to do a Texas hold ‘em tournament and make a local nonprofit the beneficiary.

During a Facebook search Bull came across the Veterans Community Project (VCP), whose mission is to build “a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the veteran’s homelessness.” Started in Kansas City, VCP is in the process of expanding to Missouri, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado.

“It was local,” Bull said. “And not only do they serve homeless veterans, they set up a community center right here in Kansas City that any veteran can come into off the street. (They) offer employment assistance and financial planning. Psychiatrists and social workers are on staff that work full-time.”

Playing cards just made sense for Bull, who served in the Army from 2003 to 2009, including two tours in Iraq, and now serves in the Kansas National Guard.

“It was just me and a bunch of my military buddies I served with,” he said. “We got together for my birthday. We played down range when we were in Iraq almost daily. We just decided to get together and play some Texas hold ‘em like we used to.”

Bull pitched the idea to Post 19’s American Legion Family and immediately got the OK to proceed. The event took place at Post 19 the first two years and grew considerably from Year 1 to Year 2.

“The first year was just kind of an idea,” bull said. “We had probably 40 to 50 people. We raised about $2,500. We were ecstatic raising (that). The next year we kind of got our act together, fixed some of the mistakes we made the first year so that we could improve on things. We raised $12,268 the second year.”

In the event’s second year, VCP representative Vincent Morales came to accept the donation. After speaking with Bull, the pair realized they’d served together at Fort Lewis, Wash., in Vilseck, Germany, and on two tours in Iraq.

“We reconnected during a charity event for veterans,” Bull said. “It's kind of what fueled our drive to make this event bigger.”

That happened this year. The February event “outgrew” Post 19, Bull said, so the decision was made to partner with – and hold the event at – Post 153 “because it’s about four times the size of ours,” Bull said. “We’re at full capacity there now. We had probably 400 to 500 people show up this year. And doubling our manpower between two posts just made our job that much easier.”

The fundraiser picked up a sponsor in the form of KCTV-5; evening news anchor Ellen McNamara even served as master of ceremonies for almost two hours. And the entire Legion Family got involved.

“This year we had 24 volunteers from our American Legion Family: Legion members, (Legion Riders), (Sons of The American Legion) members and Auxiliary members that all pitched in to make this happen this year,” Bull said. “It’s a lot of pride amongst our entire Legion Family.”

The larger-scale event resulted in more than $31,000 being raised this year and has the Legion Family members involved looking toward next year. Bull said four posts have committed to working the event in 2020, and by the fifth year the event will be a Department of Kansas Second District event. Bull said the event also provided Post 19 with 10 new members, but that’s just a side benefit to the mission of the fundraiser.

“Myself and everybody else that’s involved … don’t think that anybody who raises their right hand should ever be left behind,” Bull said. “People go down range and probably encounter some things that you’d never want to encounter in life. You come back and you fall on hard times, and sometimes people fall through the cracks and end up on the street. We’re trying to be proactive in Kansas City and see what we can do about ending veteran homelessness.”

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Scholarships, grants, VA assistance top April impact report

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The American Legion’s support of veterans, young people and disaster victims are reflected in the April 2019 Membership Impact Report.

Fifty-three high school-age orators came to Indianapolis April 4-5 to compete for college scholarship money and a chance to win The American Legion National Oratorical Contest. Patrick Junker of Iowa took home the title in part with his passionate speech titled, “The Spread of Constitutional Apathy and How to Quarantine It.” His $18,000 scholarship was part of $138,000 awarded to teens from across the country and around the world who competed in the 82nd event.

Also in this month’s report, the power of volunteerism is quantified, and the Legion’s 100th birthday is remembered from Royse City, Texas, to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Click here to see the April American Legion Membership Impact Report.

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Legion Theater on full display this week

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Hollywood Post 43’s newly renovated theater will be on the international radar this week. The Legion Theater at Post 43 will be one of the venues for the 10th annual Turner Classic Movies' Classic Film Festival.

For four days starting April 11, Post 43’s theater will screen movies ranging from military classics to musicals for movie-goers from all over the globe. According to, the Classic Film Festival is “a place where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world’s most iconic venues, with the people who made them.”

The Legion Theater at Post 43 recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now features state-of-the-art digital projection and sound systems, and 35mm and 70mm capabilities. Located in the heart of Hollywood near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the theater now holds 484 seats.

Screenings will take place daily and will include an array of special guests, including relatives of Sgt. Alvin York, Award-winning director/producer Rob Marshall, “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek, film critic Leonard Maltin, legendary television writer/producer Norman Lear, talk show host Dennis Miller and actress Kate Flannery.

The complete schedule for The Legion Theater at Post 43 is below.

April 11

8-10:30 p.m. – “Sergeant York.”

April 12

9-11 a.m. – “High Society”

Noon-1:30 p.m. – What’s Not to Love about Republic Serials?

2:30-4:15 p.m. – “Broadway Danny Rose”

5:30- 8:30 p.m. – “The Sound of Music”

9:30-11:15 p.m. – “Desert Hearts”

April 13

9:15-10:45 a.m. – “The Little Colonel”

Noon-1:30 p.m. – A Celebration of 20th Century Fox

2:45-4:45 p.m. – Tom Mix Double Feature: “The Great K & A Train Robbery” and “Outlaws of Red River.”

6-8 p.m. – “Wuthering Heights”

9:15-11 p.m. – “Indiscreet”

April 14

9-10:30 a.m. – TBA

11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. “Yours, Mine and Ours”

2:30-4:30 p.m. – “Cold Turkey”

5:15-6:45 p.m. – TBA

7:30-9 p.m. – “Buck Privates”

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