Dear Legion Member or Veteran Supporter,

It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve as your new American Legion National Commander. As an organization, we have many priorities, but today I am writing to enlist your support for the highest priority for our future: MEMBERSHIP.

As veterans, we all share a desire to serve. We do community service projects. We help at our churches. We might lead Scout groups or help coach youth sports. For many of our nation’s military veterans, however, it’s a challenge to find a place that provides the same opportunity to fulfill missions and achieve goals as we had while wearing the uniform. That place can be The American Legion.

Today, I am asking you to take a pledge and recruit one new member. If each of us does this we could double the size of The American Legion. By Sept. 16, 2016 – the date The American Legion received its federal charter nearly a century ago – signify your pledge by becoming a part of my Thunderclap.

What’s Thunderclap? Thunderclap is a tool that allows thousands of people to share the same message at exactly the same time. People sign up on the Thunderclap website and give permission to share a single message on Facebook and Twitter at a specified time. Ours is located here:

#JointheForce Thunderclap Website

If you and enough others support our Thunderclap, we will reach thousands of people and let everyone know that a ‘Legion’ of veterans working together is a force to be reckoned with!

Our voice is strong, but it can be stronger. We are making an impact, but we can always do more. The only way we can make major differences for individuals, communities, our states and nation is to work together.

Please #JointheForce to make our American Legion bigger, stronger and better able to achieve our mission!

Charlie Schmidt

National Commander


Thunderclap for Veterans