The Post 24 Family recently held a two-day event that raised money for the Western Maine Veterans Advisory Committee. These funds will go to support our aging Veterans at the South Paris Veterans Home. Thank you to all our volunteers and to those who were able to attend. A special thank you to Dan Richard for donating your time for such an important event.
Our Memorial Day Parade was well attended. We would like thank our parade marshal Korean Veteran Tom Buotte, guest speaker Sherriff and Vietnam Veteran Wayne J, Gallant, Father Bob, RAAPA, the Mountain Valley Band and Chorus, the Rumford Police Dept. Color Guard, Larry Costas (for generously providing the military vehicles), Rumford and Mexico Police and Fire Departments (for traffic control for providing a safe passage for all participants) and all other parade participants. It was an honor to march with all of you in this well planned event.
The American Legion’s message for this month will begin by explaining the four pillars. The Legion’s services can be classified under the organizations four pillars. They are as follows: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitations, National Security, Americanism, and Children and youth.
Pillar 1: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. The American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation pillar is composed of programs, services and advocacy efforts that improve the lives of those who served, along with their families and dependents, after discharge from the military.
On a national level, the Legion lobbies Congress for a well-funded, appropriately staffed VA that can handle benefits claims efficiently, quickly and accurately. On a local level, Legion volunteers work one-on-one with veterans to help them navigate the complicated benefits application process.
Accredited American Legion service officers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. The majority of service officer work involves claims for VA disability benefits, but these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits and other topics.
The above information was taken from the American Legion pamphlet “Why You Should Belong.” The following are ways the Legion supports under the first pillar: Employment and Business, Veterans and Education and the GI Bill, Combating The Claims Backlog, VA Volunteers Services, Board of Veterans Appeals, Discharge Review, Help for Homeless Veterans and Final Respects. For more info you may visit the website www.legion.org or contact the Post and leave a message.
In November the Post will host a Female Veteran’s Tea. This event is in the planning stages and will be no charge to you. My hope is that it will be a very fun and informative day. More information will follow. If you are a female veteran and would like to attend, call me at 357-3289 so that I can create a list of those who are interested in attending.
We will not have regular membership meetings from July to September. The Executive Members will continue to meet to ensure the Post runs smoothly during the summer months. If you have questions or concerns please stop by or call the Post and leave a message.
I would like to bring an awareness to everyone regarding the American Legion. Please know we are not “just a bar or bingo hall.” We are Veterans Serving Veterans, their families and our communities. A lot of hard work goes into doing what we do. Member support is needed to make this happen. If you have ideas on ways to raise funds to support our programs, contact the Post at 369-9053.