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Dale Webb 1949 - 2014

dalewebb obitDale Lee Webb

     BELFRY - Dale Lee Webb, 65, loving son, brother, uncle and cousin went to be with his beloved mother, Marian Jones Webb, and sister, Sharon Kay Webb, on December 12th, 2014.

     Dale was a Disabled Veteran. He was born on February 24th, 1949 in Belfry and was a lifetime resident. Dale spent four years in the Marine Corp.  He was heavily involved in the American Legion and re-established the Sons of the American Legion, Belfry Squad 84. He was American Legion Post 84 Commander, District 11 Commander and South Central Zone Commander. 

     He was also the past Vice President of the Montana State Old Time Fiddlers Association, District 4.

      Dale was preceded in death by his sister and his mother.

      Survivors include his father, Elmer Webb of Belfry, brothers Steve (Virginia) Webb of Ballantine, John (RoseMarie) Webb of Virginia and Ed (Diana) Webb of Belfry, a very special God-Daughter, Brittney Wolfe, and a special friend, Julie. 

       Dale’s nephews and nieces say to Dale, REST EASY MARINE, WE WILL TAKE IT FROM HERE.

       Visitation will be at Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge on Friday December 19 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

       The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, December 20 in the Belfry School Multipurpose Room with burial to follow at Belfry Cemetery with Military Honors. Everyone is welcome to return to the Belfry School for a luncheon. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.smithfuneralchapels.com

       The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Legion Post 84 or the American Legion Auxiliary, Belfry Montana.

       Special thanks to the ICU of St.Vincent Hospital of Billings as well as special thanks to Maxine Krum, the Auxiliary and the community.

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Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,
As a new year soon dawns, individuals and organizations will look back and reflect on the highlights of the past 12 months. For individuals, those highlights might be the birth of a child or grandchild, a marriage, promotion or career change.
I hope this year has brought you and your family many moments to cherish for years to come. For our organization, it truly has been a remarkable and historic year of advocacy for those who have served our nation in uniform.
Most notably, The American Legion took the lead nationally when the VA crisis erupted last April. We stood up for the veterans we represent, and the values we stand for, when we called for reforms, including leadership changes at the highest levels of VA. We took that bold step in order to improve access to care, help untangle the benefits backlog and restore trust between veterans and VA.
We did not sit on the sidelines as details of VA mismanagement cropped up at facilities across the nation. The American Legion instituted Veterans Crisis Command Centers (VCCCs) in communities hardest hit by VA errors. At these centers, more than 3,000 veterans received personal assistance with their benefits claims, overdue appointments and many other issues. VA staff joined us in these events, seeing firsthand what it means to tackle a national problem at the local level, face to face.
Beyond our leadership on the VA issue, The American Legion has other success stories from 2014. Among them:

  • When Congress approved legislation making future cuts to cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for military retirees, The American Legion launched an aggressive campaign to have those cuts repealed. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Legion’s efforts played a significant role in that move.
  • The American Legion also focused support on the needs of the post 9/11 generation of veterans. We have helped secure credentialing changes in all 50 states, which will assist new veterans as they transition into careers ranging from emergency medicine to truck driving.
  • Legionnaires provided comfort, relief and aid to thousands of veterans, military families and communities through our various programs. Your donations helped provide financial boosts to those in need, rehabilitation equipment for wounded servicemembers and scholarship funds for children who lost active-duty military parents in the war on terrorism. Among the success stories: the Legion Riders raised $1 million for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

There are many reasons to look ahead to 2015 with an expectation of continued progress and impact. Our organization will conduct Veterans Benefit Centers next year on a monthly basis to continue providing boots on the ground, active engagement with VA staff and others, in communities where veterans are still having trouble receiving the assistance they earned through honorable military service.
We will continue to comfort injured servicemembers, provide assistance to families in need, and distribute aid to those recovering from natural disasters. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to support of the Legion program of your choice at this web page.
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Vermont Teddy Bears



INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 2014) – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the nation’s largest producer of handcrafted teddy bears, is showing its patriotic colors with the introduction of a new line of limited edition bears to support The American Legion.

Wearing a white T-shirt and uniform cap, both featuring The American Legion emblem, the loveable handmade bear makes a thoughtful gift for a veteran, child or grandchild, or a meaningful keepsake for any Legion member or supporter. The bear’s cap can be personalized with a city, state, district, American Legion post or name of choice.

In addition, Vermont Teddy Bear has designed a line of military inspired bears from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a camouflage bear, also with proceeds to benefit The American Legion.

“We are proud to support The American Legion with our specially designed, one-of-a-kind, military themed bears,” said Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company. “Our bears have been handmade right here in the USA for more than 30 years, and now we are honored to partner with  the nation’s largest veterans organization focused on service to veterans, service members and communities.”

Twenty percent of proceeds from sales of the bears will be donated to The American Legion to help the organization fulfill its commitment to assist those who have served, and those who are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, and to promote patriotic values in communities everywhere.

“The American Legion has a broad range of programs for America's children, veterans and military families, and we welcome the support of Vermont Teddy Bear,” American Legion National Commander Mike Helm said. “Each purchase of these wonderfully crafted bears directly supports American Legion programs, providing the necessary resources to continue our devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.”

These specially designed bears are only available through Dec. 24, 2015. They can be ordered online by visiting www.VermontTeddyBear.com/Legion or by calling toll-free at 1-800-829-BEAR (2327).

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New Career Platform

Legion launches new career platform

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 21, 2014) -- The American Legion and its allies in veteran employment and entrepreneurship have launched a new web platform to help those who served in uniform translate military skills to job skills, find employment, start businesses and make successful transitions.

Among the key features of The American Legion’s Veteran Employment Center are:

  • A Veteran Job Search tool, powered by Military.com, which helps veterans find current job listings near them. By entering a ZIP Code, veterans can easily find job listings that fit their skill sets within a chosen distance from home.
  • A series of 10 custom-produced videos to help veterans start and succeed in business. The series, “Veteran Video Guide: Starting and Growing a Business,” is sponsored by ADP and provides guidance from successful veteran entrepreneurs, including members of the Legion’s Business Task Force.
  • A listing of American Legion-sponsored or produced veteran career fairs nationwide, with links to registration sites.
  • Links to important forms, sites and agency platforms that help veterans in the career search, including USAJobs.gov, the federal government’s job-listing site, Department of Labor online tools to understand and calculate Veterans Preference points, and a VA Military Skills Translator.
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