American Legion Post to help parish Vets

Jan 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Community

Military veterans in and around St. Bernard are invited to a special service session at the Old Glory Post 425, 2600 VFW Lane Chalmette next week.

National and State headquarters staff from The American Legion will be in town to discuss veteran’s benefits and service to the community.

All active duty, National Guard, Reserve and wartime veterans in the area are invited to learn more about The American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff will be available from Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8 along with members of American Legion Posts from New Orleans and surrounding areas to kick off this community and veteran service campaign.

A Veteran Service Officer will also be available on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all veterans to assist with claims or other veteran-related questions during this time.

In keeping with the over 95-year tradition of The American Legion, the rejuvenated American Legion posts in these areas will focus on community service and assistance to veterans. The scope and nature of the posts’ community service will be determined by its members and inputs from local civic and community officials.

Since its inception in 1919, The American Legion has been a key advocate for veterans’ benefits, children & youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality-of-life issues for those serving in today’s armed forces.

The organization, which spearheaded the original GI Bill, has been advocating reform of the veteran’s health care system under its GI Bill of Health. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency’s ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion’s advocacy. The American Legion was also instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Home Loan, veterans hiring preference and just compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses related to their military service, including those whose ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange and mysterious Persian Gulf origins.

Equally aggressive are The American Legion’s efforts to instill values in young people through numerous programs, including the National High School Oratorical Contest, Teenage Suicide Prevention, Child Health and a McGruff Safe Kids Program. The American Legion has supported Scouting since 1919. Many American Legion posts also support Junior ROTC high school units, fund-raising for handicapped children, and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics.

For more information, contact Richard Bell, 1st District Commander, Old Glory Post 425, at 504.810.9104 or richard.bell@cox.net.

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