AMERICAN LEGION
SAM HOUSTON POST 95
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS

Look Who We Found! Event Ambassadors, Easter Gathering 2024

Post 2nd Vice and District 1st Vice Commander and Post and District Chaplain!

We found you! And you look great! Our Post 95 Legionnaire 2nd Vice Commander and District 1st Vice Commander Terry Batson, sporting that rockin' rooster costume, and our Post 95 and District Chaplain Dr. Richard Henriksen, participating in our 2024 Easter Gathering and Car Show! Way to go Event Ambassadors!

Hello Huntsville Podcast!

Roxanne Moss with Rob Hipp and the Hello Huntsville Crew!

Hello Huntsville is our local morning show podcast, and Sam Houston Post 95 has been blessed with 3 visits, to spread awareness for our post and showcase our wonderful activities!

Kappa Alpha BBQ Fundraiser

Post 95 2nd Vice and District 7 1st Vice Commander Terry Batson and Crew!

Our Post 95 Auxiliary, Sons and Riders came through in a pinch, sponsoring the meat for an SHSU Kappa Alpha BBQ Fundraiser! Post VIP Terry Batson took this great photo, showcasing our members who cooked and served! Special thanks to all of you, Cliff Christianson, Billy Papania and Tina McDonald! The proceeds from the BBQ will help supply wheelchairs to our paraplegic veterans.

The Madisonville Meter

Veteran of the Week

Post 95 Legionnaire Johnny Holland is celebrated in Madisonville TX for his contributions as our post Service Officer and his status as a Viet Nam Vet.

Volunteers, Prison Ministry

Polunsky Unit, Sunday 3/3/24

Auxiliary Unit 95 and AL Rider member Sandy Phillips speaking at Sunday services, TDCJ Polunsky Unit in Livingston Texas

Volunteers, Prison Ministry

Polunsky Unit, Sunday 3/3/24

Post 95 Legionnaire Adjutant and Hub master Roxanne Moss speaking at Sunday services, TDCJ Polunsky Unit in Livingston Texas

Unit 95 Auxiliary and Juniors

In the Community!

Auxiliary Unit 95 and Auxiliary Juniors Unit 95, riding on the 2023 Post 95 Huntsville Christmas Parade float!

Legionnaires Doing Things!

Lasso Your Imagination Fundraiser

Post 95 Legionnaires (Commander John Nixon, members Jerry Enloe and Leslie Alexander and wives) attending dinner for the Lasso Your Imagination fundraiser

We Got Your Water! You Just Worry About Those Fires!

Legionnaires, SAL and AL Riders With Huntsville Fire Dept.

Unit 95 Legionnaires and AL Riders Bravo Placido, John Lee, and SAL Squadron 95 and AL Rider Lloyd Lee, bringing water to our hardworking Huntsville Fire fighters!

Post 95 Riders

Capture the Plaque Challenge

Post 95 Riders capturing the plaque at Post 310, Gun Barrel City

Post 95 Riders

Capture the Plaque Challenge

Post 95 Riders capturing the plaque from Post 402 Livingston!

Here They Go Again! Always Representing!

Group Photo

Another amazing outing with our AL Riders, representing their post and their program! Good luck keeping up with all the miles they ride!

Post 95 Riders

Memorial Ride for Carrie Dailey

Post 95 Riders

Capture the Plaque Challenge

Post 95 Riders capturing the plaque from Johnson-Wiggins Post 22, Corsicana TX

The American Legion is built on a promise from men and women who swore with their lives to defend and protect the United States through military service. The promise begins at enlistment, grows through training and continues after discharge, as veterans in service to community, state and nation. In times of crisis, The American Legion steps into the turmoil and fights to provide needed assistance for others. Veterans in need of advocates to help them achieve meaningful careers, educations, health-care services, friends and stable homes are supported every day, free of charge, by The American Legion. Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel have dedicated supporters in The American Legion. A strong and well-resourced national defense is, and has always been, a central purpose of the organization. As former troops, Legionnaires understand the importance of home-front support. Legionnaires constantly remind communities that freedom and prosperity come with a price. In the American Legion, there is no rank or prejudice, only purpose. And the purpose of veterans in The American Legion is to strengthen the United States of America through programs, services, compassion and actions that have proven vital, timeless and life-changing for over a century.
LEGIONNAIRES ARE VETERANS STRENGTHENING AMERICA! 
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is made up of the male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and its ideals.
Our Post 95 Auxiliary Unit is always ready to welcome new members! 
Come be a part of something more, we would love to have you! 
Sam Houston Post 95 and Auxiliary Unit 95 could not be prouder of our incredible Junior members. These bright shining stars, the future of our post, are doing big things out and about in our post and our community! Want to learn more? Come visit their next meeting, meet them and ask them what it means to them at our next event! The opportunities for their growth and development are unlimited!
Junior Auxiliary membership is open to girls from infancy through age 17. The Junior Activities program prepares girls to become active adult members of the organization by providing positive volunteer experiences that instill the ideals of the Auxiliary.
ALA Junior members volunteer with other girls in their age group in many engaging activities:
  • Learning about patriotism and how to show respect for the American flag
  • Helping military families in practical ways such as mowing yards and helping military kids become acclimated at a new school
  • Distributing poppies and raising awareness, especially on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, so our veterans know we care about them
  • Practicing leadership by organizing service projects
  • Earning service patches while learning about ALA programs
  • Demonstrating responsibility for future scholarship, college, or military service applications
If you are a female ALA member 17 years of age or younger and love our country, imagine attending a regional or national meeting focused on Junior Activities with a hundred girls who could become your lifelong friends! The American Legion Auxiliary encourages young women to lead the way in continuing its legacy of serving veterans, the military, and their families.

Founded in 1932, the Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 3 million. Nationally, the SAL has raised more than $8 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, volunteered over 500,000 hours at veterans' hospitals and raised over $1,000,000 for VA hospitals and VA homes.

Our Post 95 Sons preserve this heritage, honor this commitment and proudly represent themselves in service to the community!

in 1993, an idea was shared to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization and offer an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles. Currently, over 110,000 American Legion Riders meet in over 2,000 chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries.
True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born.

Our Post 95 Riders proudly serve our community, riding with honor, dignity, and commitment!

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With the sounds of synchronized steps and a bugler playing Taps, in sorrow, and in celebration, an Honor Guard presentation can stir up deep emotions. The Honor Guard symbolizes our freedoms and the sacrifices from the men and women who defend our country by presenting funerary colors for our nation's veterans.

The Honor Guard also hosts flag retirement ceremonies, participates in events that celebrate our nation’s colors and fulfills the American Legion’s Preamble “to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism.”

Featured here, our Sam Houston Post 95 Honor Guard honored our National Flag Day on June 14 by retiring and replacing our post flag! Then, on August 26, they honored those 13 men and women lost in Kabul Afghanistan. Our Honor Guard regularly presents arms and ceremonial folds flags for local memorial services and supports many other local activities in coordination with the VFW and H.E.A.R.T.S. museum.

On 11/10/23, our Honor Guard posted colors for Congressman Sessions speech at the H.E.A.R.T.S.museum complex storm shelter, tor the USMC birthday luncheon. They were named and thanked personally, one of the many major recognitions our honor guard receives throughout each year. 

If you'd like to know more about the American Legion Honor Guards and all the ways they serve, visit this link: https://www.legion.org/honor/honorguards






Welcome to the American Legion Sam Houston Post 95 here in Huntsville Texas! We are so happy to have you! Our upcoming vendor event is the 17th annual Chigger Hill IBCA BBQ Cook-off! 

To print the flyer and registration, please use the Web Capture feature (click on the three dots located at the top right-hand corner of the screen, select Web Capture, then select Capture Area. When the X cursor appears, click on it and drag it across the flyer to encompass the whole image, then release the mouse, select Copy, and paste the image onto a Word document to print.

Concrete patio space and power is VERY LIMITED. Contact our vendor coordinator right away if you want to offer live services during the event and have equipment that will need power. We cannot guarantee accommodation as it is first come, first served. 

Be prepared to set up outside on the lawn. Depending on your goods for sale, you may need to bring portable lighting and power (if you plan to be open after dark, outside lighting at the post is limited). You should bring table(s), chairs, and shade, such as an Easy-up awning or other shade tent. Our post has a canteen and inside restrooms which will be available for your patronage during the event window. 

Be prepared to drive onto the vendor area for set up and take down only. Once you are unloaded and set up, we will ask that you relocate your vehicles to the parking areas out back on the property. We will ensure that we have mowed and do our best to offer safe conditions for your vehicle. 

Requirements for vendor participation for Chigger Hill: $30 vendor fee OR donate an item for our silent auction. Prepayment or early item donation is recommended to save your space. Payment can be cash or check. Payment can be mailed or dropped off to our post when the canteen is open. To mail your payment or donated item, please address it to Chigger Hill, Melissa Hogelin, 1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville TX 77320. If you would rather deliver cash or check in person, please place it in a sealed event, address the envelope to Chigger Hill, Melissa Hogelin, include the vendor registration form attached here, and hand your sealed envelope to the bartender on duty. The event coordinators will be in touch to confirm the payment and registration receipt! 

Chigger Hill Vendor Coordinator: Melissa Hogelin, 832-326-8878, Venus Lee, 936-438-9221


We have attached important convention documents, including the preregistration form and complete committee session agendas, to help you plan and prepare your convention attendance. This information is also available online at the American Legion Department of Texas website, www.txlegion.org, under the 'Conventions' tab. Please note the cut-off date for room reservations is June 18, 2024.

Auxiliary convention information coming soon...

The American Legion Sam Houston Post 95 Huntsville, TX Post (Private Club) Rules and Regulations. Adopted September 5, 2023, at the regular meeting of the American Legion Sam Houston Post 95 Membership. 

Summary: The intent of these Post 95 rules and regulations are that all persons, while on Post 95 property, will always conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the high standard of the post and ensures adherence to the following expected behaviors.

The rules may be amended, changed, or modified at any time by the Post 95 Executive Committee as the need arises. On update of any rule, the header date will reflect the most current modified date; the Post Executive Committee on the date of change is the approval authority.

  • 1919 American Legion Drive, Huntsville, TX, USA

Sam Houston Post 95 is part of the National American Legion Veterans non-profit organization. Our post hosts a family of members who are dedicated to their veterans’ community and serve as Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion, and as American Legion Riders, our national motorcycle assembly.

The Four Chaplains

Memorial Table

We honor these four WWII chaplains of the U.S. Army and their incredible sacrifice that influenced the birth of the American Legion Chaplaincy. Methodist George Lansing Fox, Roman Catholic Priest John Patick Washington, Dutch Reformed Minister Clark Vandersall Poling, and Rabbi Alexander David Goode.

Dr. Richard Henriksen, Jr.

Post 95 Chaplain, District 7 Chaplain

Our chaplain, Dr. Richard Henriksen, Jr. so graciously and beautifully hosted our first ever Four Chaplains ceremony. For all who attended, it was a very special experience! Our chaplain is seen here with the award presented to him by Sam Houston Post 95, to commemorate his efforts and his dedication to us all.

Opening The Ceremony

Honor Guard and Members In Attendance

Our Honor Guard was at the ready to post our colors and lead our opening ceremonies. Captured here, our guards and our members, standing at attention, hands over hearts, pledging our allegiance to our flag.

Breaking Bread In Their Honor

District Commander Steve Storey with members

At the ceremony conclusion, we had the privilege of breaking bread and communing with our District 7 Commander and members in attendance. Thank you, Joy Taylor, Venus Lee, and Curtis and Amy Bunyard for this bountiful table!

VA burial benefits can help service members, Veterans, and their family members plan and pay for a burial or memorial service in a VA national cemetery. Family members can also order memorial items to honor the service of a Veteran. For complete information, including forms and guidelines, and information regarding applying for a Veterans burial allowance, VA Survivors Pension, Benefits Financial Counseling and Fiduciary services, please visit this website: www.va.gov/burials-memorials

Veterans, service members, spouses, and dependents may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, as well as other benefits, if they meet one of these requirements. 

One of these must be true: 

The person qualifying for burial benefits is a Veteran who didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, or The person qualifying for burial benefits is a service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training, or The person qualifying for burial benefits is the spouse or surviving spouse of a Veteran (even if they remarried after the Veteran’s death), or The person qualifying for burial benefits is the minor child of a Veteran (even if the Veteran died first) or, in some cases, the unmarried adult dependent child of a Veteran. 

You can apply to find out in advance if you can be buried in a VA national cemetery. This is called a pre-need determination of eligibility—and it can help make the burial planning process easier for your family members in their time of need. Choose the VA national cemetery you prefer to be buried in. Or, if you’d like to be buried in a state or tribal Veterans cemetery, contact that specific cemetery ahead of time to find out about their pre-need program. Gather the documents you will need. Social Security number Date and place of birth Military status and service history (like service dates, discharge character, and rank—commonly found on the DD214 or other separation documents) Discharge papers (DD214 or other separation documents) 

If you’re applying as a spouse, surviving spouse, or unmarried adult child, you’ll also need your personal information, including your Social Security number. 

If you’re applying on behalf of someone else, you’ll also need supporting documents showing you have the authority to apply for that person. You’ll need to fill out one of these forms: Appointment of Veterans Service Organization as Claimant’s Representative (VA Form 21-22) Appointment of Individual as Claimant’s Representative (VA Form 21-22a).

 If you’re applying for an unmarried adult child of a Veteran or service member, you’ll also need to provide supporting documents with information about the child’s disability. The Veteran or guardian of the child should also ask the child’s current doctor to verify the documents. These documents should include all of the following information: 

The date of the disability’s onset. and A description of the disability, mental or physical, and A description of how dependent the disabled child is on the Veteran, and The marital status of the child.

You can apply online for Pre-Need Determination at www.va.gov/burials-and-memorials/pre-need/form-10007-apply-for-eligibility/introduction. Or you can fill out an Application for Pre-need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery (VA Form 40-10007) and mail it to NCA FP Evidence Intake Center, PO Box 5237, Janesville, WI 53547. If you need help with any of these steps, the Pre-Need Determination has a toll-free hotline at 800-535-1117 (TTY: 711). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. Other Helpful Phone Numbers 

The PTSD Foundation of America provides programs, outreach services and advocacy efforts designed to help veterans find the tools they need to lead healthy lives after combat.
Mission Statement
Rooted in unwavering faith, our mission is to engage in the relentless pursuit of empowering the veteran community by creating a transformative impact that changes the trajectory of their lives.
Vision Statement
Creating a world where veterans find hope by empowering them to embrace L.I.F.E.
PTSD Foundation of America | Providing Hope and Healing for the Unseen Wounds of War, www.ptsdusa.org

The PTSD Foundation also sponsors Camp HOPE America, the first evidence-based camping and mentoring program in the United States to focus on children and teens exposed to domestic violence. Our mission is to give youth a brighter future by creating pathways to hope and healing. What makes Camp HOPE America special is the trauma-informed lens the program was developed from. At Camp HOPE America, we praise campers for the person that they are becoming; seeing their character for who they are and not what they have accomplished. From the beginning, the goal has been to create a year-round program where youth can feel safe, seen, heard, encouraged, and cared for. Camp HOPE America is composed of a week of camp, supported by year-round activities.
Camp HOPE America, www.camphopeamerica.org
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American Legion Department of Texas

American Legion Division 2 Texas

American Legion U.S. Flag Etiquette

Military Veteran Project

22 A Day Suicide Awareness

TexVet

SE5-EP207 Tango Alpha Lima: Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro

A BRAVO ZULU to Fred Brock American Legion Post 828 in San Antonio, Texas for support of youth in their community. 

THE INTERVIEW! After being severely injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2005, doctors gave Israel Del Toro a 20% chance of survival. Israel not only survived, but endured years of skin grafts, surgeries and brutal physical therapy and in 2010 became the first 100% disabled veteran to re-enlist in the Air Force.  Israel shares his incredible story of survival and resilience, his role in the emergence of Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, and his experiences through adaptive sports.

 SCUTTLEBUTT For veterans and servicemembers facing food insecurity, there are resources available to help.