No, the person who shoved the young lady at the Trump event was NOT wearing a Legion cap

 
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No, the person who shoved the young lady at the Trump event was NOT wearing a Legion cap

I honestly don't know where this started, but am receiving dozens of calls.  So let me state this as clearly as possible, I DO NOT KNOW WHO THIS PERSON WAS, BUT THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT A LEGION CAP HE IS WEARING.

In case you missed the video, which has been playing non-stop since this first happened, here you go:

I've placed the picture above, and again, you can see that the piping on that overseas cap is white. The American Legion cap is trimmed in gold.  (I am being told that in some counties that Legion caps do have white trim for county officers, nonetheless, the logo is not that of The American Legion.)  For what it is worth, several media outlets are saying that the confrontation began with a white supremacist, who appears to be taking credit for it all.   You can read that BY CLICKING HERE.

Nonetheless, now is a good time to remind Legionnaires what is, and what is not allowed when wearing the cap or representing The American Legion.  Luckily for me, the Department of Wisconsin has already spelled it out, and far better than I could have done myself.  Therefore, I am sharing what they wrote in its entirety:

The wearing of the cap and usage of The American Legion emblem, facilities and political donations

 According to Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of The American Legion, “The American Legion shall be absolutely nonpolitical  and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking  public office or preferment.” The National Charter, approved by Congress, also stipulates The American Legion as an organization is  nonpolitical* which has been interpreted by the National Judge Advocate as “nonpartisan” in modern lingo. Therefore, The  American Legion as an organization is prohibited from contributing, helping or endorsing a candidate. However, a member, as a  private citizen, and not representing the organization, can employ whatever legal and ethical means to advance his or her  candidate.

 The Legion cap is considered the official Legion uniform (see p. 42 of The American Legion Officers Guide and Manual of  Ceremonies). It is not an individual Legion member’s decision on the appropriate usage of the cap and emblem. If attending a  political event, The American Legion cap, or any clothing with the emblem visible, should be removed so as not to imply endorsement by The American Legion. The problem is the assumption of endorsement by those who see the emblem or name worn at in improper location, such as a partisan rally.

When using post facilities to host candidates, post should remove emblem and Legion flag to avoid any impression of endorsements. Candidates for all parties must be presented equal opportunity at the same time to use the facilities on the same terms and conditions as other competing candidates.

If financial contributions are offered by candidates for political office, campaigns, political action committees or political parties, The American Legion should politely decline. Accepting these contributions may be perfectly legal, but The American Legion must avoid any perception of supporting any candidate or political party.

The American Legion values its independence and effectiveness on veterans’ issues. This stance is best maintained by neutrality on individual candidates or political parties. The American Legion by legal definition is non-partisan and supports only issues which impact your Four Pillars.

* This means “non-partisan” in today’s society. The American Legion is allowed by Congress to lobby for veterans benefits and a strong United States of America. (NJA, October 25, 2012)

UPDATE: In case you aren't convinced, here is another picture from the same encounter, which shows this persons cap more clearly.

And here is an ACTUAL Legion cap, in fact, it is the one I wear to honor my wife's Grandfather who was a Legionnaire for MANY years.

Please make special note of the fact that they are not even REMOTELY similar.

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I don't know who started the rumor, but I sure know of a couple of those who would foment the falsehood.

Does the DAV and the Vietnam Veterans of America have CAPs. He isnt in The American Legion by the looks of the emblem on the side of the cap.

It wasn't a VFW cap. Individual, not Orig. should be banned from their orig.

Almost looks like korean war veteran cap but guy wearing it would be to young for korean war could be his fathers.Dont matter bad display on his part

I can't get to excited. there is so much put up for show incidents these days you cant' tell what is real and what is staged to cause some point or discredit someone. the fact that it is a military type cap is all the fringe people need to go off. no amount of proof will sway the I know I'm right crowd. make the statement it's not one of ours and keep going because the next time they might be wearing one of ours. especially if you show them there mistake

This is not a DAV cap either. I'm actually the Commander of my local DAV and this emblem shown (although very blurry) doesn't even resemble the official logo. I'm also a PUFL American Legion and VFW member as well.
This guys actions pretty disturbing whatever organization this guy is "claiming" to represent by wearing a cap similar to any VSO is just plain wrong.

Like so many others I was disgusted by the action of the gray haired man in Valdosta last week. I agree the bigot should have any affiliation with any veterans organization should be cancelled immediately bared from all functios. I'm glad you've answered the question that I and many others had. As an Air Force vet and a retired MA Army National Guard vet I'am proud of my service and the thought of someone acting like that wearing his affiliation cap is an affront to our service.

I am one of those who at first view thought it was a Legionnaire. I do not have the best of eyes. I e-mailed my post commander that I was disturbed to see a Legionnaire act in a disgraceful manner. I also told him I am well aware of the Legion's non-partisan stance.

I had no other agenda than to make sure we followed the rules of our organization. I was very glad when he directed me to this website and said the person in question was NOT a Legionnaire.

The Legion is too important an organization to have its mission imperiled by having a partisan political taint applied to it by the citizenry.

For God and Country

Please clarify statement on cap you wear. You say this is the Legion cap you wear to honor your wife's grandfather. Are you a legionnaire? If so, which I assume you are, are you from Texas? Lastly why would you be wearing a Texas cap without the Steer and Star logo on the front of the cap. Not having it on the cap signifies a member of a national office I believe.
Thanks.

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