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Below you will find the latest news coming from American Legion National. Please take the time to browse all of our pages and get to know the proud members of Paso del Norte American Legion Post #58 as well as our Legion Family – the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #58, American Legion Riders Chapter #58 and Auxiliary Unit #58. See you at the Post!
A knock on Brent Wightman’s front door several years ago changed his life.
The U.S. Army veteran and father of two young children lost his job due to the inability to work after multiple back surgeries from a service-connected injury. Without a job, Wightman faced the reality of losing his home to foreclosure. After hearing of Wightman’s plight, Legionnaire Howard Hudson – who has since passed – visited him to offer support through The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program.
“We filled out a TFA application right there and my whole life changed after The American Legion got involved,” said Wightman, a member of Post 176 in Waverly, Iowa. “If it hadn’t been for the Legion, I would have been trying to figure out how to clothe, house and feed my kids. The American Legion gave me a mission and a purpose again. They saved my life.” .… Read more
The American Legion’s Consolidated Post Report is an opportunity for posts to document every activity they fulfilled in a 12-month (June 1-May 31) reporting period – whether it’s providing funeral honors, sponsoring youth to attend a Legion program, conducting fundraising efforts or more.
The recently compiled 2015 CPR reveals that reporting posts provided more than 4 million community-service volunteer hours, conducted more than 7,000 Memorial Day and Veterans Day services, participated in 1,065 veteran job fairs, provided 123,014 funeral honors, awarded 10,308 scholarships to youth, performed 30,023 U.S. flag presentations, presented 8,426 ROTC medals, and much more. View the 2015 CPR results here.
These, however, are not the final numbers for the entire American Legion. Only 8,900 posts submitted a CPR – a 67 percent response rate from the 13,290 total posts worldwide, leaving a third of posts’ activities unaccounted for. ... Read more