Operation Helping Hand is currently underway. This is a fundraising event to raise money for the American Legion's local Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Programs. This fundraising effort is being conducted by Ventura-based fundraising company Diamond Star Productions (DSP). DSP has been helping Ventura County nonprofits with their fundraising efforts in one way or another for over 35 years, and has helped organizations such as Ventura County Crime Stoppers, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Peace Officers Association of Ventura County. This fundraising event is being done through the Ventura County Council which represents all 7 American Legion Posts within Ventura County. Oxnard Post 48 is the principal administrator of this fundraiser. If you have any questions, please contact Commander Mike Vivenzio at (805) 797-0872. Thanks in advance for your support.
Those who have served, and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the
United States, are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.
Americanism or Children & Youth
In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
The Americanism pillar and Children & Youth pillar can create confusion, especially with new Legionnaires. Often the work of the Americanism programs are confused with the programs of Children & Youths because so many young people are involved in Americanism programs.
Here is a list and links to the programs associated with Americanism and Children & Youth:
In reviewing the two lists it becomes clear our Americanism programs are focused on activities and youth development. The Children & Youth programs are more focused on financial assistance for young people in need.
Such differences are important when the post completes their annual mandatory Consolidated Post Report.