American Legion District 7
East Texas
The District in the Sticks!

Sam Houston Post 95 and District 7 Chaplain Richard Henriksen, Jr. shares valuable insight into the importance of this day!  

800 N May St, Madisonville, TX 77864
(936) 348-6036
www.facebook.com/americanlegionpost84madisonville
601 Armory Rd, Palestine, TX, United States, Texas
(903) 948-6931
www.facebook.com/HowardGardnerPost85
americanlegionhowardgardnerpost85.org
3623 East Main, Nacogdoches, TX, United States, Texas
(832) 618-5414
www.facebook.com/alp86nactx

1919 American Legion Drive
936-291-0129
www.facebook.com/ALDeptofTexasSamHoustonPost95
www.samhoustonpost95.org
801 Valley Ave, Lufkin Texas, 75901
(979) 627-1399
www.facebook.com/AL113AngelinaCounty
americanlegion113.org
1000 Brazos Street, Crockett Texas, 75835
(936) 544-3888
www.facebook.com/people/American-Legion-Post-134/100075868466661
rvpark134.webs.com

Rusk, Texas
P. O. Box 9336, The Woodlands TX 77387
281-298-2440
www.facebook.com/groups/147665685318521
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816 Highway 59 Loop N, Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-7601
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064704968131&sk=about
www.txlegionpost312.org
6380 US Highway 190 W, Livingston, TX 77351
(936) 967-5352
www.facebook.com/groups/156461577744223
Conroe, Texas
(936) 978-0747
 www.facebook.com/americanlegionconroe
americanlegionconroe.org
13054 East FM 1097 Rd, Box 554, Willis, Texas 77378
936-856-5224
www.facebook.com/groups/1126466337951939
txlegionpost618.org
1350 FM3278, Coldspring, TX 77331
(936) 653-4708
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550149108298&sk=about
415 Hill St, Anderson, Texas 77830
(817) 793-0144





PTSD Awareness Month
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem. PTSD can only develop after you go through or see a life-threatening event. It's normal to have stress reactions to these types of events, and most people start to feel better after a few weeks. If symptoms last longer than a month and are causing problems in your life, it could be PTSD. The VA has free apps, PTSD Coach and PTSD Family Coach to help you learn how to manage PTSD. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov.
  •  7/9/2024 08:00 AM - 7/14/2024 03:00 PM
  •   9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, TX, USA

ASK FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION CONVENTION!!! Renaissance Austin Hotel (512) 343-2626 When you call to make your reservations, please be sure to obtain a confirmation number. The Hotel requires 48 hours' notice of cancellation prior to your scheduled arrival date, or a 1-night room and tax will be billed to the credit card on file. The credit card you use to book the room must be presented at check in and check out.

  •  6/15/2024 09:00 AM - 6/15/2024 04:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Welcome to our 2024 American Legion Division 2 Convention hosted by Sam Houston Post 95! Saturday June 15, registration opens at 9am and a light breakfast will be served. The Convention will be from 9am to 4pm, lunch will be provided, registration fee is $30.00 at the door. There will be a Friday night karaoke party, June 14th starting at 6:00pm, at Sam Houston Post 95! The theme is Urban Cowboy! It will be a Gilley's Friday night, complete with a Dolly Parton look-alike contest! Dust off those old school boots, iron that Pearl Snap shirt, and get your best 'Bud and Sissy' garb on! It's going to be a great time! You can event take a shot at that 8 second buzzer on our inflatable mechanical bull!

  •  6/8/2024 09:00 AM
  •   13054 FM 1097, Willis, TX, USA

Let's go ladies! We know how to cook and we know how to clean house on those awards and prizes! Bring out your best mojito, dessert and jambalaya recipes and show 'em how it's done! Or come out and join the fun for the day, there will be raffles and a silent auction! Contact Susan Luck at 346-330-0626 or Sandra Renard at 936-525-8420. If you are coming out to compete, don't forget your silent auction donation and your dessert for the bake sale!

  •  5/27/2024 05:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Join us on Monday May 27th at 5pm for an incredible Memorial Day program, sponsored by the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum and hosted by the American Legion Sam Houston Post 95. There will be a special guest speaker, a silent auction, music and fellowship! No admission! We would love to have you!

  •  5/18/2024 10:00 AM - 5/18/2024 02:00 PM
  •   1800 Ford Chapel Road, Lufkin, TX, USA

The American Legion Family at Post 113 Lufkin and the VFW Memorial Post 1836 and Auxiliary proudly present the Family Freedom Vet Fest! Come out and join them for live music, food, fellowship and vendors! View the Freedom Tribute wall or give blood! Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be onsite for blood donations!

  •  5/18/2024 09:00 AM
  •   13054 FM 1097, Willis, TX, USA

It's a cook-off hosted by the Honor Guard! They do great things, so come out and support them! Give them a call and come out to compete or join them for the day for great food and fun raffles! 936-856-5224 If you are coming to compete, don't forget to bring your silent auction donation and a dessert for the bake sale!

  •  5/3/2024 04:00 PM - 5/4/2024 06:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Welcome to the 17th Ever Chigger Hill BBQ Cook-off at Sam Houston Post 95! This is an IBCA event, IBCA rules and by-laws apply (see attachments). Cook off spaces are 40' x 40', first come first served! Electricity and sewer are not available, access to water only. Please review the Post 95 rules, those also apply during your stay with us! The flyer serves as your registration form, pre-registration is encouraged! Payment to be cash or check only, checks made out to SAL, and mailed to 1919 American Legion Drive, Attn: Chigger Hill Staff, 1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville TX 77320. https://ibcabbq.org/contest-details/?contestid=10674

  •  4/28/2024 04:00 PM
  •   1348 FM3278, Coldspring, TX, USA

Come out and support your veterans! Clifton Lummus Jam and Scram starts at the post at 4pm!

  •  4/26/2024 10:00 PM - 4/28/2024 05:00 PM
  •   13054 FM 1097, Willis, TX, USA

It's the annual S.A.L. Squadron 618 BBQ Cookoff! Come out and join them for some great food and a lot of fun! It's not too late to register and come cook, they would love to have you! Give them a call, 936-856-5224! If you are coming out to compete, don't forget to bring your donation for the silent auction and your dessert for the bake sale! Good luck!

  •  4/20/2024 09:00 AM - 4/20/2024 04:00 PM
  •   800 North May Street, Madisonville, TX, USA

The format of the convention is identical to last year. Breakfast and lunch with a salad bar will be provided. There will be a guest speaker from the VA-Houston, talking about the VA S.A.V.E. program. BOTH OF THESE FORMS MUST BE PRESENTED AT CONVENTION #1 - Registration Form - Every member or guest who attends the convention must be on the form. $20 will be collected for each person listed and is required in order to be allowed a meal. #'2 - Delegate Certification - This form lists your posts delegates to the convention. Delegates represent and vote for your post for any business matter that comes before the convention. Read the form carefully. Attached are the number of delegates each post is authorized. If you have any questions about the number of delegates listed, please contact me. Delegates Certification Form is separate from the Registration Form, so delegates must be listed on both. Raffles and Auctions Each post should bring an item to be auctioned or raffled.

  •  2/25/2024 01:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Sunday, Feb. 25 we honor of the selfless acts of four Army chaplains aboard the sinking United States Army Transport Dorchester. As soldiers rushed to lifeboats, Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic) comforted the wounded, directed others to safety, distributed life jackets, and when they ran out, they removed theirs and gave them to four young men. As the Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying. American Legion posts nationwide remember Four Chaplains Day with memorial services that pay tribute to the courageous chaplains and the brave young men who lost their lives on that fateful night.

  •  12/7/2023 12:00 PM
  •   3623 East Main Street, Nacogdoches, TX, USA

Post 86 Nacogdoches is hosting their annual gun raffle! Drawing to be done on December 7, 2023, 1st prize includes a shotgun and a rifle with scope, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes will be cash! Tickets are $10 each OR 3 for $20!

  •  10/28/2023 04:00 PM - 10/28/2023 10:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Presented by the American Legion Sam Houston Post 95 Legionnaires and Auxiliary Unit! Shop with local craft vendors, play games, enter a prize raffle, or join the costume contest! Stay ‘till sundown and take a ride on the Haunted Hayride! Watch a fun Halloween movie at the outdoor theater! There will be beverages for sale with the Tap Truck Outlaw, a hot dog stand, Toasted Ghosts (the build your own s’mores bar) and a bake sale to support our Auxiliary Juniors!

  •  6/14/2023 06:30 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Come out and support Post 95's Honor Guard! They will be hosting a special ceremony to commemorate National Flag Day!

  •  6/14/2023 06:00 PM
  •   1303 West Semands Avenue, Conroe, TX, USA

Come out and join the Conroe VFW Post 4709 for National Flag Day, tomorrow, June 14, 2023! There will be dinner and a flag retirement ceremony!

  •  5/27/2023 07:30 AM
  •   Woodland Hills Golf Club

https://www.facebook.com/people/East-Texas-Veterans-Benefit-Golf-Tournament/100071827924031 This is the 2nd annual East Texas Veterans Benefit Golf Tournament, team entry fee is $650, cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place vary based on participation, lunch and raffle included! 13 teams registered, 5 more would fill the course, raffle package includes Golf Pride grips, shirt, hat, ball markers, divot tool set, towel, a dozen balls, and a golf ball bucket

  •  5/14/2023 02:00 PM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5! The basket is valued at over $400 and includes: *Gift certificates *Wine tasting *'Pamper herself' products for the bath *Candle *A plush blanket and satin robe! *Journal *Jewelry (earrings, necklace, jewelry cleaning cloth and wipes)

  •  5/13/2023 08:30 AM - 5/13/2023 12:00 PM
  •   2230 Country Club Road, Palestine, TX, USA

Lions Club Annual Golf Shoot Out! American Legion Post 85 Palestine has sponsored a hole for the tournament! All proceeds from this event go towards the Lions Club 2024 Scholarship Funds for Anderson County! Post 85's own Brian and Garrett will play for post 85 and represent! 2-man teams, $100 entry fee per team, there is still time to register and join the fun!

  •  5/6/2023 09:00 AM - 5/7/2023 06:00 AM
  •   1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Come out and compete in the 16th ever Chigger Hill BBQ Cook-off! IBCA sanctioned! Guaranteed payout for the winners! Full event details and PayPal registration is available online at www.samhoustonpost95.org.

  •  4/29/2023 10:00 AM - 4/30/2023 04:00 AM
  •   Texas 155, Downtown, Frankston, TX, USA

The Frankston community will be holding their annual Art Walk On The Square on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Frankston. The Art Walk is free to the public and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the hometown atmosphere and local talent! Information and maps will be available for visitors at the main location in The Bankquet Room.

  •  4/22/2023 07:30 AM - 4/22/2023 03:00 PM
  •   800 North May Street, Madisonville, TX, USA

Our District 7 Convention is Saturday, April 22 in Madisonville at Post 84. Any member in good standing can attend the convention, but they have to register and pay the registration fee. We will be conducting a Memorial Service for those members we lost this past year. We will be addressing many business issues and voting. Delegates must have their membership cards.

  •  2/5/2023 02:00 PM - 2/5/2023 05:00 PM
  •   Hale-Sellars Post 312

This event commemorated the story of the 4 Immortal Army Chaplains, in service February 3, 1943, WWII, who gave their life jackets to save others, and went bravely to the depths on the stern of the Army's Dorchester transport ship.

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Chaplain's Corner, September Message Richard Henriksen Jr., Ph.D. District 7 Chaplain Sam Houston Post 95 Chaplain

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The American Legion played a significant role in the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, which later evolved into the Veterans Administration (VA). Founded in 1919, the American Legion has been a leading advocate for veterans’ health care and earned benefits for over 90 years.
In 1930, their efforts resulted in the establishment of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, which served as a precursor to the VA. The American Legion continued to support the VA’s growth, and in 1989, it achieved Cabinet status, becoming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Legion’s commitment to veterans’ well-being remains steadfast, with a nationwide network of accredited service officers and professional staff assisting veterans in obtaining the benefits and care they deserve.
The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the American Legion are both support organizations for war veterans that were established after the United States Military engaged in foreign wars abroad.
Periods of eligibility and eligibility requirements are the key differences between the American Legion and the VFW.
The VFW accepts memberships from all current and former military veterans who have received a campaign medal for their service overseas. They must have served at least 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in Korea, or they must be veterans who have received imminent danger or hostile fire pay at any time.
The American Legion extends eligibility to active-duty personnel or honorably discharged veterans who have served in any of seven eligible war eras, beginning with World War I. Reservists and National Guard members are eligible as well.
Thanks to the LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) that was signed into law July 30, 2019, the current eligibility period is Dec. 7, 1941, to the present, and includes the current war campaigns.
Previously, there were seven declared war periods. Now there are two, the current war period dating back to World War II and another war era covering World War I. No other restrictions to American Legion membership changed.
Yes, you are a veteran. So as long as you have served at least one day of federal active duty during any qualifying period, you are eligible for membership providing you have an honorable/generable under honorable discharge.

Welcome to our information page for the American Legion 2nd Division Convention, Saturday June 15 at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum! 

The Legionnaire packet is attached here and includes the schedule, Pre-Registration form, Certification of Delegates form, and the Post Everlasting.

Hotel information has also been included, we have 75 rooms set aside, so book early and save your rate! 

The packet for the Auxiliary units and S.A.L. squadrons is forthcoming, along with the convention program! We are still selling ad space! 

The PTSD Foundation of America provides programs, outreach services and advocacy efforts designed to help veterans find the tools they need to lead healthy lives after combat.
Mission Statement
Rooted in unwavering faith, our mission is to engage in the relentless pursuit of empowering the veteran community by creating a transformative impact that changes the trajectory of their lives.
Vision Statement
Creating a world where veterans find hope by empowering them to embrace L.I.F.E.
PTSD Foundation of America | Providing Hope and Healing for the Unseen Wounds of War, www.ptsdusa.org

The PTSD Foundation also sponsors Camp HOPE America, the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program in the United States to focus on children and teens exposed to domestic violence. Our mission is to give youth a brighter future by creating pathways to hope and healing. What makes Camp HOPE America special is the trauma-informed lens the program was developed from. At Camp HOPE America, we praise campers for the person that they are becoming; seeing their character for who they are and not what they have accomplished. From the beginning, the goal has been to create a year-round program where youth can feel safe, seen, heard, encouraged, and cared for. Camp HOPE America is composed of a week of camp, supported by year-round activities.
Camp HOPE America, www.camphopeamerica.org

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VA burial benefits can help service members, Veterans, and their family members plan and pay for a burial or memorial service in a VA national cemetery. Family members can also order memorial items to honor the service of a Veteran. For complete information, including forms and guidelines, and information regarding applying for a Veterans burial allowance, VA Survivors Pension, Benefits Financial Counseling and Fiduciary services, please visit this website: www.va.gov/burials-memorials.

Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of these requirements. One of these must be true:

  • The person qualifying for burial benefits is a Veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, or
  • The person qualifying for burial benefits is a service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or
  • The person qualifying for burial benefits is the spouse or surviving spouse of a Veteran (even if they remarried after the Veteran’s death), or
  • The person qualifying for burial benefits is the minor child of a Veteran (even if the Veteran died first) or, in some cases, the unmarried adult dependent child of a Veteran.

You can apply to find out in advance if you can be buried in a VA national cemetery. This is called a pre-need determination of eligibility—and it can help make the burial planning process easier for your family members in their time of need. Choose the VA national cemetery you prefer to be buried in.  Or, if you’d like to be buried in a state or tribal Veterans cemetery, contact that specific cemetery ahead of time to find out about their pre-need program. Gather the documents you will need.

  • Social Security number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Military status and service history (like service dates, discharge character, and rank—commonly found on the DD214 or other separation documents)
  • Discharge papers (DD214 or other separation documents)

If you’re applying as a spouse, surviving spouse, or unmarried adult child, you’ll also need your personal information, including your Social Security number. If you’re applying on behalf of someone else, you’ll also need supporting documents showing you have the authority to apply for that person. You’ll need to fill out one of these forms:

  • Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant’s Representative (VA Form 21-22)
  • Appointment of Individual as Claimant’s Representative (VA Form 21-22a)

If you’re applying for an unmarried adult child of a Veteran or service member, you’ll also need to provide supporting documents with information about the child’s disability. The Veteran or guardian of the child should also ask the child’s current doctor to verify the documents. These documents should include all of the following information:

  • The date of the disability’s onset, and
  • A description of the disability, mental or physical, and
  • A description of how dependent the disabled child is on the Veteran, and
  • The marital status of the child

You can apply online for Pre-Need Determination at www.va.gov/burials-and-memorials/pre-need/form-10007-apply-for-eligibility/introduction. Or you can fill out an Application for Pre-need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery (VA Form 40-10007) and mail it to NCA FP Evidence Intake Center, PO Box 5237, Janesville, WI 53547.

 If you need help with any of these steps, the Pre-Need Determination has a toll-free hotline at 800-535-1117 (TTY: 711). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. 

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Veterans Benefits Administration

Veterans Crisis Line

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TexVet

Welcome to the 2024 American Legion Texas Department Convention Information Page. 

We have attached important convention documents, including the preregistration form and complete committee session agendas for both Legionnaires and the Auxiliary, to help you plan and prepare your convention attendance. This information is also available online at the American Legion Department of Texas and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas websites, www.txlegion.org, and alatexas.org/department-convention, under the 'Conventions' tab. Please note the cut-off date for room reservations is June 18, 2024.

Convention is being held at the Renaissance Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin TX, 1 512-343-2626.  

When you call to make your reservations, please be sure to obtain a confirmation number. 

Reservation cutoff date:  June 18, 2024. The link to book your room online is www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1694798838720&key=GRP&app=resvlink 

SE5-EP214 Tango Alpha Lima: DPAA Director Kelly McKeague

THE INTERVIEW Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Director Kelly McKeague talks about DPAA’s mission to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel to their families and to the nation.  He shares details of the complicated work that can take decades, the dedicated teams who work to recover and identify remains and how they are motivated by the emotional stories of the families of the missing. SCUTTLEBUTT POW-MIA servicemembers from the Cold War; The only Coast Guard Medal of Honor recipient; The story of Taps