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About The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintegration assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donations have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
I received a tag from Ali Rolf this morning concerning a WWII Veteran. His name is Duane Sherman and he lives in Highland CA. He will soon be celebrating his 96th birthday and was not looking forward to it. He said all his friends were gone and he felt pretty alone. His daughter decided to make it special for him.
Here is some background on his service. He joined the Navy in 1944. On Dec 7th Duane's ship was hit by a kamikaze. He jumped into fiery hot water. He was hit with hot shrapnel and received a Purple Heart for his wounds. He also served as a Sonar instructor during the Korean War. So his daughter is requesting a big card shower to celebrate his 96th birthday.
So ladies lets see if we can put some smiles on the face fo this hero. It is a Birthday card and here is the address: Duane Sherman c/o Sue Morse, P.O. 794, Highland, CA 92346. His BD is Dec 30th. Thanks.