Tiberi Measure to Honor All
Missing in America Bill
included in legislation passed by House
U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12) announced
that his Missing in America measure was included in
S. 3202, the Dignified Burial of Veterans' Act that
passed the House by a vote of 393-0 on December 31,
The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent
on December 19, 2012, and was signed by the
"I want to thank Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and
Mark Begich (D-AK) for supporting this effort in
the Senate and appreciate the help of Congressman
Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) here in the House," said
Congressman Tiberi, the bill's author.
"A few years ago a constituent first told me how
difficult it was to ensure veterans without a
next-of-kin received a proper burial.
"Their remains would lay unclaimed in funeral
homes indefinitely. That's not right. But thanks to
volunteers with the Missing in America Project and
this legislation, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
can now provide a proper burial in a national
cemetery for any eligible veteran. Veterans served
their country with honor; putting them to rest
should be dignified."
Congressman Tiberi first introduced the Missing
in America Act in 2009 and invited Ohio Department
of Veteran's Services Director Thomas Moe
(U.S.A.F., Ret.) to testify about the need for this
measure when it was considered by the U.S. House
Committee on Veterans Affairs earlier in 2012.
The measure directs the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs to work with veteran service organizations
and other groups, like the Missing in America
Project, in assisting entities in possession of
unidentified or abandoned remains in determining if
the remains are that of a veteran eligible for
burial at a National Cemetery.
If remains are determined to be that of an
eligible veteran, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
shall cover the cost of burial, if the Secretary
determines there is no next of kin and there are no
available resources to cover burial and funeral
National Headquarters seeks
Legion Slogan submissions
As part of The American Legion's strategy for
better promotion, we have to better market our name
and what we do. And we need your words.
Email a brief American Legion slogan to
email@example.com. Submissions must be received no
later than April 19, 2013.
If your tagline is adopted during the National
Spring Meetings in May, you will receive $500 and a
certificate of appreciation plaque signed by
National Commander Jim Koutz.
Include your name and phone number when
submitting your entry; only one entry per email
submission is allowed.
In the event of duplicate winning entries, the
earliest received will be declared the winner.
2013 Department Convention opens
in Toledo, June 28-30
The 95th annual Department Convention of
the Ohio American Legion will be held in Toledo,
starting June 28-30th.
Toledo has a lot to offer in entertainment:
- Cultural, culinary, entertainment and
- A downtown that is compact, vibrant, and
- Great restaurants;
- A variety of sports activities
- A Casino.
The Convention Call packet is scheduled to mail
out in April. Your housing information will be
included in the packet along with other dated
material. Please note your credit card information
is required to make housing reservations.
Take advantage of the free entertainment
provided by the city of Toledo and plan to attend
this year's Convention.
Internal Affairs Director
The Department Adjutant is accepting resumes for
the Depart-ment Internal Affairs Director position.
The job opening will be in the spring of 2013.
Job responsibilities: The Internal Affairs
Director is responsible for Legion and Sons of The
American Legion membership, maintaining the
website, the newspaper and other public relations
initiatives as well as numerous committee
assignments and miscellaneous duties.
Ideal candidate would have a Bachelor's Degree
with a major in Business Administration and a
minimum of 5 years' experience in a similar
position. Must have outstanding organizational and
administrative skills and the ability to interact
with the members of the organization and the
Interested veterans may submit resumes and/or
P.O. Box 8007
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Legion Scholarship deadline is
The deadline for the submission of American Legion
Scholarship applications is April 15.
Applications may be obtained by calling
Department Headquarters, (740) 362-7478 or on the
web site at www.ohiolegion.com.