The American Legion Department of Tennessee

Greetings From the Department of Chaplain:

I would like to thank all the Chaplains for their participation at the Mid-Winter Convention. I thank God that I was able to serve as the Department Chaplain for the last two years. I have had a year with a few storms in my life, but through it all God has brought me through the storms and rain. I won't complain. I am sure there are others that have had storms in their lives, this year but God brought you through all of them. Thank You, Jesus.

When we look across the state of Tennessee, Arkansas, California, Texas, Mississippi, New York, and other areas. We need to count our blessings and see how good God is and has been to us, we should not complain but be thankful it could have been all of us that lost everything that we have been blessed to accumulate over the years and our lives were spared again. Thank You, Lord.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you come June. We want to make this a greater Convention than the last one. Let us come with a heart of love for each other.

Scripture to remember: First John 4: 8; 20, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." "If a man says, I love God, and hadeth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen."  " I love all of you and AIN'T nothing you can do about it."

Love, Joy, and Peace.

Chaplain Wilma Pearson, Tn. Dept. Chaplain


Children’s Organ Transplant Association

The Trusted Leader Supporting Families … For a Lifetime 
2022 Historic Milestone Achieved … One Million Transplants in the U.S.

Dear Editor:

The Children’s Organ Transplant Association was founded in April 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, rallied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the community raised more than $100,000 to place the boy on the organ waiting list. Sadly, he died before an organ was found. Those community volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds to help other transplant families. That was our beginning, and those volunteers were our first Miracle Makers. 

For more than 35 years, thanks to the commitment of the men and women of The American Legion Family, we have assisted thousands of children and young adults by helping to raise funds for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses. Extensive volunteer networks across the nation are working to ensure that no child or young adult needing an organ or tissue transplant is excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 

We need your help today to make sure that tragedies, like the one that was the catalyst in founding COTA, are not repeated.

The United States achieved a historic milestone in 2022 with one million transplants performed – more than any other country in the world. However, 17 people die each day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant. Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every nine minutes. One organ donor can save eight lives. April is National Donate Life Month, and I am asking everyone within The American Legion Family to go to and register to be a designated organ and/or tissue donor.

You can become a COTA Miracle Maker. Find out how your Post, Unit, Squadron or Legion Riders can help a transplant family near you by visiting


Rick Lofgren, President                                                                                       


COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant
or excluded from a waiting list due to lack of funds
2501 West COTA Drive · Bloomington, Indiana 47403
800.366.2682 · ·