After Iraq invaded the nation of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, and it was condemned by the United Nations, Operation Desert Shield began. Desert Shield was a deployment to defend Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries from future aggression and provided a platform to prepare for the offensive contingency if Iraq did not comply with UN edicts.
The world watched and waited to see if Iraq would abide by the United Nations-imposed deadline to withdraw from Kuwait by January 15, 1991 or face a coalition force of 45 nations instructed to use “all means necessary to restore international order.” As the deadline passed without a response from Iraq, Operation Desert Shield became Desert Storm.
In January 1991, the United States’ first real test of the post-Cold War, members from all five military branches joined a coalition to push Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.
The war, often referred to as the Persian Gulf War or Gulf War, ended February 28, 1991. Thank you to those who served.
American Legion Family members are encouraged to participate in the March 1-4 virtual Washington Conference by advocating the Legion’s priorities, viewing the National Commander’s testimony, and virtually attending commission meetings. For more information go to: legion.org.
As part of the Washington Conference, a Voter Voice Campaign, has been launched. The American Legion Family is asked to share our 117th Congress Legislative Priorities with your members of Congress. Post 178 members continue to serve as a powerful voice for veterans in our nation’s capital. We need your help in contacting your members of the Senate and House of Representatives. To contact your Senators and Representatives today go to the following link to actively participate: https://votervoice.net/AmericanLegion/Campaigns/81356/Respond.
If you suffered a loss due to the extreme cold weather last week the following funding alternatives are available if specific requirements are met.
On February 22, 2021, a Presidential Disaster Declaration was issued that included both Collin and Denton Counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may provide money to assist with losses not covered by insurance; however, there are limits as to what may be covered. Residents must apply online for FEMA assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.
The American Legion also has additional potential funding programs:
The NEF was established to aid American Legion Family members as the result of natural disasters. The fund provides up to $3.000 for qualifies Legion Family members if eligibility requirements are met.
The TFA awards cash grants to minor children of current active duty and American Legion members. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses. A single onetime non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant up to $1,000 is permitted for the minor child(ren) of a qualifying veteran,
3. Post 178 also has a fund for temporary assistance and works with the North Texas Veterans Center.
Victims of this month’s winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
Following the recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS is providing this relief to the entire state of Texas. But taxpayers in other states impacted by these winter storms that receive similar FEMA disaster declarations will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on February 11. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until June 15, 2021, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes 2020 individual and business returns normally due on April 15, as well as various 2020 business returns due on March 15. Among other things, this also means that affected taxpayers will have until June 15 to make 2020 IRA contributions.
The IRS disaster relief page has details on other returns, payments, and tax-related actions qualifying for the additional time.
February 19, 2021 is the official birthday of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Officially set-up in the late 1930s as a “civilian reserve” operation, it was non-military in nature. The Coast Guard Reserve Act of 1941 set up the Coast Guard Reserve.
Although the agency is small, by comparison with its Air Force and Army Reserve counterparts it is an especially important day to those who serve, their families, and loved ones. Coast Guard Reservists contribute to the national response to terrorism, disasters, and more, and provide valuable expeditionary support to the Department of Defense through eight Port Security Units. Reserve personnel have been activated to support 12 hurricane and six major flood operations, and 1,650 Reservists participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm.
The Coast Guard was formed in 1790 as one of America’s five armed forces. It is a multi-mission, maritime, military service with responsibility for protecting the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.
President’s Day, formally known as Washington’s Birthday, is a United States federal holiday that celebrate all U.S. presidents (past and present) specifically George Washington (born on February 22), the first President of the United States.
President’s Day dates to the year 1800, following the death of President George Washington in 1799. His birthday on February 22 became a significant day of remembrance. At the time, Washington was recognized as the most important figure in American history.
While Washington’s Birthday was unofficially observed for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1885 that it became a federal holiday for the entire country. The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The act was passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971. Traditionally President’s Day is viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance about the accomplishments of United States’ presidents, specifically focusing on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.