|Washington, D.C. - Today, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, introduced a resolution to authorize the creation of a commemorative coin in honor of The American Legion’s 100 years of service to America’s veterans.
“I’m proud to join Ranking Member Walz and my colleagues in the Senate in honoring The American Legion on their centennial anniversary with the creation of a commemorative coin,” said Roe. These coins will serve as recognition of The American Legion’s century of service to America’s heroes and enable the Legion to continue its work to support the veteran community.”
“Over the past 100 years, the American Legion has become universally recognized as one of our nation’s most well respected veterans service organizations,” said Walz. “The Legion’s passion for serving those who have served has earned them the respect and admiration of a grateful nation and it is my great hope that the American Legion Centennial Coin may serve as a token of our deepest gratitude.”
"The American Legion is honored that the Congress of the United States introduced legislation to commemorate The American Legion's century of selfless service and great fidelity to our Nation," said Charles E. Schmidt, National Commander of The American Legion. "Since 1919, The American Legion has been committed to defending the Constitution, remembering our fallen, and promoting American values. This coin will memorialize the legacy of millions of veterans across the generations. Thanks to Ranking Member Tim Walz, Chairman Phil Roe, Senator Todd Young and Senator Joe Donnelly for their leadership on this important issue."
The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act would authorize the U.S. mint to produce a commemorative coin for The American Legion's 100th anniversary of its founding in 1919. The mint would issue the coins for a one-year period beginning January 1, 2019, and proceeds from the sale of the coins would support The American Legion’s program and services, which fall under four categories: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Children and Youth and Americanism.
Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) introduced the Senate version of this legislation on May 18, 2017.