The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 26, 2013

America Legion to host special service session Saturday


The Clinton Herald

---- — FULTON, Ill. — Military veterans in and around Whiteside County are invited this coming Saturday, Sept. 28, for a special service session at the Fulton Legion Post 402, located at 707 10th Ave.

Department, Division and Local Post teams from the American Legion will be in town to discuss veterans' benefits and service to the community.

All wartime veterans in this area are invited to the Fulton Post to learn more about the American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along with members of the American Legion Posts in Whiteside County to kick off this community and veteran service campaign.

A veteran service officer will also be available also the entire day for all area veterans with claims or other veteran-related questions.

In keeping with the more than 93-year tradition of The American Legion, the rejuvenated American Legion posts in these counties 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 imports from local civic and community officials.

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

The organization, which is spearheaded the original GI Bill, has been advocating reform of the veterans' 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 in due 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 American Legion Boys State, American Boys Nation, Junior Shooting Sports, the National High School Oratorical Contest, American Legion Baseball, 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.