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American Legion Helping Coast Guardsmen

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Due to the government shutdown, the American Legion is working with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to provide financial help through the American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program.

According to the American Legion, the TFA grant helps “minor children in the home of active-duty servicemembers or current American Legion members with assistance for the costs of shelter, food, utilities, clothing, and health expenses during times of financial need.”

As a part of the effort, there is an abbreviated TFA application for active duty Coast Guard members with minor children in the home.  The program is expected to last during the government shutdown.

Various American Legion posts are engaging to help through heart-warming efforts by members and volunteers, such as the DC Legion’s DC Post 8 whose efforts are chronicled here.

For a video on the effort, visit this link. Additionally, for more information, please visit this article.  According to the Legion, the number to call with eligibility and application questions is 800-504-4098.  Lastly, to donate to the American Legion, please visit this link.

The author, Carl Buhler, is retired Air Force retired Brigadier General.  After active-duty retirement, Carl started consulting and opened Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services across the aircraft maintenance, logistics, technology, SBIR, supply and production areas.  Carl is a member of several veteran support organizations and is a proud member of the American Legion.

Disabled Veterans Granted Free Travel Access on Military Flights


Carl Buhler
Carl Buhler

Retired service members, along with active duty and reserve troops, have long had the ability to travel free of cost among military installations through the Space-Available travel program. However, fully disabled veterans were not eligible for the program until August 2018, when lawmakers wrote a measure into the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The act also includes a 2.6 percent basic pay increase for active duty members.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who also serves as vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, in 2017. He noted that if military aircraft has space available for military service members, veterans who are fully disabled should be welcome, as well. Those eligible for the program can travel anywhere in the United States as well as to Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands.

The author, an alumnus of Valdosta State College, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler ( leverages over 28 years of aerospace logistics leadership experience with the United States Air Force and now serves as CEO of Richmond, Virginia-based Buhler Consulting, LLC ( Now retired from the Air Force, Carl Buhler maintains membership with multiple relevant professional organizations, including the Military Officers Association of America.

Trace Adkins to Perform at 2018 VFW National Convention


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Trace Adkins

The 119th VFW National Convention is being held from July 21 to 25 in Kansas City, and will feature a variety of committee meetings and information settings, as well as the Vander Clute Memorial Motorcycle Ride and a patriotic celebration.

The convention will also include a welcome concert that will surely brighten the day for attendees. The concert will be held at the Municipal Auditorium on July 22 and will be headlined by country music superstar Trace Adkins. A prominent supporter of American veterans and service members, the three-time Grammy Award nominee has performed as part of 12 USO tours throughout his career. In addition to his performance, he will be presented with the VFW Commander-in-Chief Gold Medal of Merit. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with a performance from the Six-String Soldiers, an acoustic group comprised of five active-duty soldiers. Admission to the concert is free. VFW members can request as many as four general admission seats by calling 1-833-VFW-VETS.

The author, Carl Buhler, has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Valdosta State College. Carl Buhler subsequently earned master’s degrees in human relations, national security and strategic studies, and national resource strategy, while advancing his career in the United States Air Force. In addition to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he serves as a brigadier general.