American Legion and Auxiliary members are interested in legislative measures which come before the United
States Congress and the state legislatures. Through lobbying efforts The American Legion and
American Legion Auxiliary are able to influence legislation of benefit to veterans, the community
and our nation.
National and State Legislative Committee
The national organization of the American Legion Auxiliary has a National legislative
Committee which works closely with the National Legislative Commission of The American Legion.
The American legion Commission has offices in Washington. D.C. and continually promotes the
passage of The American legion sponsored legislation. Departments of the American legion and Auxiliary
also have Legislative Committees which function in a similar manner within the states.
Unit Support in Legislative Work
When measures important to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary
are before the lawmaking bodies for consideration appeals go out for support on these measures.
At such times the unit members should contact their representatives urging them to take the action desired.
Legislative Policy is Formed
In all matters of legislation the American Legion Auxiliary follows the action of The American Legion, never endorsing any measure until The American legion Has firs endorsed it and never following a policy which does not coincide
exactly with The American legion's stand.
The Department Conventions formulate the legislative program for each Department and also follow the
action of The American Legion Department Convention. They outline the policy to be followed in regard
to measures to come before the legislatures of their stats and also pass resolutions on national
measures to be referred to the national Conventions.
Legislative Work for the Unit
The legislative activities of the Unit may be handled by the Unit President, by a standing Unit committee, or by a special
committee appointed to conduct the work in special emergencies. The legislative matters usually
deal with some other phase of Auxiliary work, such as Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation -
getting beneficial legislation for veterans; Children and Youth - securing legislation beneficial to
children of veterans and children generally; National Security - securing national security measures;
or Americanism - obtaining the passage of measures to promote better citizenship or to curb the activities
of radicals. The arousing of public sentiment in support of such measures might well be left
to the committee handling the activity under which they fall.
All Unit Legislative Chairmen should subscribe to The Dispatch. The American Legion's publication.
This biweekly newspaper describes current legislative issues and other news pertinent to The American
Legion family. Subscription requests with payment should be sent to The Dispatch, The American
Legion , PO Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
7-Point Plan to Get Your Representative to Pay Attention
1. Write the member a personal letter and expect a response within thirty days.
Do not use a form letter or postcard.
2. If you haven't heard from your member, call to ask for a meeting
with the staff member in charge of veterans issues.
3. Be concise at the
meeting. Have your facts straight and all
4. Request that your
issue/concern be placed on the radar screen
and supported by your member.
5. If the above isn't working, stand outside the member's office or committee door. Introduce yourself when
she/he passes by and tell them about your concern
as simply as possible. Back up your statement with facts.
6. Send a thank you letter for the time and support the member gives to your issue.
7. Hold her/him accountable. Send a note of appreciation if she/he votes
yes. Send a note questioning a no