Military veterans and their families in and around Charleston are invited next week for a special service session at John Brawley Post 20, The American Legion located at 415 Dickinson Street, Charleston.
National and state teams from The American Legion will be in town to discuss veteran’s benefits and service to the community.
All wartime veterans in these areas are invited to American Legion Post 20 to learn more about The American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff will be available from Noon to 4 pm on Sunday, August 11th and 10 am to 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 12th and 13th along with members of American Legion Posts in the Charleston area to kick off this community and veteran service campaign.
A Veteran Service Officer will also be available all three days for all area veterans with claims or other veteran-related questions.
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. 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 Legion 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.
Please contact us if you are interested in joining the American Legion and are unable to come by the Post. We will deliver your application to your home or business. Contact: Ed Converse 304-545-4057 or Post20wv@aol.com