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July/August 2016 Newsletter

Commander’s Message:

Greetings fellow Legionnaires.  I want to thank everyone who has been helping during the Saturday morning raffle both.  You should all be commended.  Your efforts have brought in well over $200 so far.  This will continue through late August so lend a helping hand if you can.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Leland (Lee) Borgelt at (913) 645-9783.

LATEST NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN LEGION – The American Legion’s Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Roscoe Butler testified during a congressional hearing in June. He addressed pending legislation regarding traumatic brain injury (TBI) evaluations for compensation and implementation of peer specialists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers.

If passed into law, S. 244 would require VA to work with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive review of VA examinations, ensuring TBI symptoms and subsequent levels of disability are accurately diagnosed for purposes of awarding disability compensation.  Contact your representatives and senators and tell them to support S. 244.

I’m glad you are using Post 350’s website.  We’re excited about becoming a part of the World Wide Web and reaching out to our members and possibly new members.  You can also take advantage of the American Legion national website, and/or 2nd District’s website.  Legion.org has a wealth of information including a Benefits Calculator where you can determine your eligibility for hundreds of available benefits.  If you don’t have internet access please come to our meetings and you will hear what correspondence we received the prior month.  You can also stop by the Civic Center and see what is posted on our bulletin board.  Keep informed, and encourage others to do so as well.  http://www.legion.org/, http://www.ksamlegion.org/.

Don’t forget to invite any veterans who are not members to our next meeting and perhaps joining the American Legion.  Member who have been coming to our meeting I’d like to say thank you.  I encourage those who have not been attending to put it on your calendar and start.  We meet on the first Tuesday of every month.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 2, at 7:00pm in room 10 at the Civic Center, 401 North Madison Street.  Hope to see you there.

“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” General of the Army Omar Bradley

Darrell Beck


1st Vice Commander’s Message:

Happy 4th of July fellow Legionnaires!  If you live in Miami County and would like to receive a quilt honoring your service to our country, please let me know.  I need your name, address, and phone number.  You can contact me at schowalterv@me.com or 913 660-3925.

Vicki Schowalter


American Legion Auxiliary:

We were thankful for the wonderful weather for our Memorial Day ceremonies.  Many thanks were given to Kevin Yoder for attending our memorial.  I hope that next year a few more people can make the trip to Hillsdale to remember our fallen veterans there. Our Girls made it to Girls State and we will have a reception for them to tell us about their experiences.  We delivered cookies totaling 95 1/2 dozen for the cost of $532.50, cheer shop 208 items totaling the cost of $130.00 and gently used clothing 115 items for a total of $392.00.  Helen and Ellen have been at Farmers Market selling chances on a quilt for grave markers.  We will not have meetings in July and August. September 5th will be our next meeting. We will be making plans for our Christmas donations to be delivered in October, Eisenhower Pilgrimage, Flag Burning Ceremony and Fall Festival. We hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July.

Ellen Moreland