The Commander and I had a conference call with some of our Post/ District Commanders that had questions about the Govenor's restrictions this afternoon. We both had many, many phone calls yesterday asking questions. We thought it best to have a conference call so we could answer all their inquiries at one time.


I have attached the questions and answers that we discussed on the conference call this afternoon as well as the Govenor's Guidance on the current restrictions and outdoor dining for your reference.


As I stated yesterday, The American Legion Posts fall under the Misc. Vendor category. This does not include the Bars/ Clubs however. The Bar/Clubs fall under Restaurants/ Bars due to their Liquor/ Gambling and Food Service State Licensures. Post Bars/ Clubs can still be open if they follow the restrictions (to-go, outdoor dining, etc.) which are attached.


Also included on the Question-and-Answer Sheet is resources that are available to Posts.  

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s web page has resources available by Counties. Information can be found at:

Google OnAir offers free virtual workshops, events, and 1:1 coaching sessions to help small businesses and job seekers get the most out of their digital tools.; Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund – combined relief effort by GoFundMe, Yelp, Intuit QuickBooks, GoDaddy, and Make your contribution to help more small businesses receive grants.

There is also the Mission Blue Post Assistance Program that Nationals is offering to every Post Nationwide. 


Information on this grant and the application is available on the Department web page at 

There have been questions concerning the insurance requirements. One of the requirements is that the post must provide a certificate of insurance naming The American Legion National Headquarters as an additional insured. This additional insured extends liability coverage beyond the Post to the National HQ. This protects not only the Post but also Nationals just in case there is a claim filed against the Post- National will not be held liable. The burden of the claim is on the Post. Additional insured costs vary among insurance companies however, the average cost per year starts at about $25.


The American Legion Posts can open and conduct The American Legion Business as a Veterans Service Organization following the Four Pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Business includes Executive Committee/ membership meetings, membership dinners, Fundraisers, stand downs, Boy Scout meetings, VA Claims, Final Respects, Support of Troops, ALR Runs, etc. 


During the call, I stated that I would provide information on some events that Posts have had that complied with the current COVID restrictions. Some events that Posts have held are as follows: 

  1. outdoor fundraisers (placing a military combat boot at local venues)
  2.  outdoor standdowns 
  3. breakfast/ dinner meals open to members only
  4. membership meetings/ virtually and in person
  5. to-go dinners available to the community
  6. gathering to stuff bags for the children and youth programs
  7. collecting food for holiday meals
  8. motorcycle runs for toy drives/ poker runs
  9. open for coffee and donuts for their members

This is only a few examples that I can think of right now. Do remember, your Post Family not only includes Legion members but also the Auxiliary, The Sons of The American Legion, Juniors and your ALR Chapters. Get them all involved. Your local community, veterans and the children and youth need you in this difficult time. Your Post Home is worth saving.


If you have any questions please, feel free to contact me. 


Jessie Decesaro-Horton, MA

The American Legion

Department of Washington