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Please help with your donation. If everyone reading this would take a moment to donate just $1.00, this wonderful project would make it’s financial goal in a short time.
The Freedom Wall is the current phase in our memorial park. It is the memorial that will display 2654 names of Vietnam Veterans from Michigan that lost their lives in combat. The monument is a 7’x40′ wall with each name etched in the granite wall. In the forefront of the wall will be a 6′ tall granite monument in the shape of Vietnam with the map etched in the granite. In front of that will be a 10′ circle consisting of 12 pillar monuments 40″ x12″x12″ with the the faces of the 12 local veterans killed in Vietnam etched on the top slant of the pillar and their story cascading down the front of the pillars. In the middle of the 10′ circle will be a bronze monument of the field cross (the rifle, the helmet, and the boots). Surrounding the interior of the Vietnam monument will be bricks with the names of the people who wish to sponsor a Vietnam vet of their own.
This will be the most impressive monument in the State of Michigan honoring the Michigan Vietnam Veterans.
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The American Legion is accusing the Internal Revenue Service of conducting unreasonably harsh evaluations of each post’s tax-exempt status. Congress is supporting the veterans’ organization and on Aug. 28, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans Affairs requested the IRS address the allegations.
The IRS requested each American Legion post provide military service records or discharge papers for each active member during their assessments of the Legion’s tax-exempt status. The IRS fined posts that didn’t comply. The Congressional Committee called this practice “unduly burdensome and completely unwarranted.”
American Legion Post 447 in Round Rock, Texas, was fined $12,000 for “a lack of compliance” towards the IRS’ request. Post 447 had submitted documentation the IRS asked for, but apparently it wasn’t to the agency’s satisfaction. The post was fined $1,000 per day until the IRS received enough documents to satisfy their request.
“As former military members, the one thing we know how to do is follow regulations,” said Louis Celli, national legislative director for the American Legion. “The inspection manual they give to inspectors tells them to look for documents that we’re not told to maintain in the first place.”
Celli elaborated that the IRS’ problem with the American Legion stems from the unclear guidelines about 501 (c)(19) organizations. The IRS states that organizations must maintain records of members and their dates of service, but not their official discharge papers.
Congress intends to continue scrutinized oversight of the IRS until this matter is resolved.