Veterans, Families Can Donate Blood to Help Critical Shortage, Receive $10 Amazon Gift Card

Veterans, Families Can Donate Blood to Help Critical Shortage, Receive $10 Amazon Gift Card

Veterans and families who want to help the nation’s critical blood shortage from November 1 – 23 can also receive a $10 Amazon gift card in the process by donating to the American Red Cross.

With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, the Red Cross urges donors to continue to make and keep appointments now and in the weeks ahead to help overcome the ongoing emergency blood and platelet shortage that has significantly impacted the nation’s blood supply. In fact, the current blood supply is the lowest the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Presidential Libraries in Texas Salute the Military with Free Admission


Participating in the 2018 Blue Star Museums program, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from May 26, 2018 through Labor Day 2018.  LEARN MORE.


Post Fundraiser Cruise

American Legion Fundraiser Cruise 2018Please plan to join us on October 7, 2018 as we depart Galveston for a 7-night cruise to Roatan, Costa Maya & Cozumel on the beautiful Liberty of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean has announced a special pricing promotion fundraiser for Post 178. This is a great fundraiser for the Post and if you act quickly you can enjoy the special pricing and a great cruise. You don’t even have to be a Post member to get this rate!

100% of all monies raised on this amazing cruise go to support Post 178 Children & Youth programs.

To book your reservation just call, 469-294-8900, or email Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Frisco,, and let them know you want to book the American Legion Cruise.

American Legion Night at the Ballpark

Join us for an American Legion Night at the Ballpark on Sunday, May 6th!

Each ticket will include:

  • All you can eat hot dogs, brats, peanuts, chip and Dr Pepper products from 3:00 – 5:30 pm
  • RoughRiders souvenir
  • Best seat available

Deadline to get group pricing and seating is Friday, April 27th!

Go here to buy your tickets

Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor




Folks living in the Third District of Texas have a proud, patriotic reputation, so it comes as no surprise that we also have a strong and active veteran community. Odds are that if you didn’t personally serve in the United States Armed Forces, you likely know a veteran or a current service member.

As a nation, we honor our faithful American veterans for defending freedom in many ways, including service medals. Sadly, many veterans and their families have trouble obtaining replacement medals if a medal is lost or stolen. Worse, some veterans never received their earned medal.

While my staff and I have worked with folks on this issue on a case-by-case basis over the years, not everyone knows that we offer this assistance. That is why my staff and I established the Badges of Honor Medals Event.

Later this month, on Monday, March 26th, we will be holding our next service medals event! My staff will be on hand to assist with the paperwork needed to begin the service medal request process. Third District veterans and their family members are welcome to come to the Plano District Office anytime between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to start the service medal request process.

Please be aware that veterans needing assistance are asked to bring a copy of their DD214 form. In order to adhere to the Privacy Act of 1974, folks must also be prepared to sign a privacy release form.

Due to limited space, please RSVP by emailing Casey Quinn at or by calling my Plano office at 469-304- 0382.

If you are unable to attend the event and require assistance with earned service medals – or if you have any questions regarding the initiative or how to request assistance with veterans-related issues – please call my Plano office at 469-304-0382 so that we may coordinate a way to best serve you.

Plano Office
1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170
Plano, Texas 75075
Phone: (469) 304-0382
Fax: (469) 304-0392

My staff and I look forward to assisting more of our local hometown heroes so they can obtain the service medals they earned!

To all our service members – past and present – thank you for your service and sacrifice to our Great Nation.

God bless you and I salute you,


Sam Johnson

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