At this time of giving thanks, beneficiaries of Legion programs share their appreciation with you and others who make our outstanding programs possible.

The American Legion
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

As families gather to give thanks this week, it’s an appropriate time to give thanks to you. Thank you for all that you do for The American Legion. Thank you for all that you do for veterans. Thank you for all that you do for children and youth.

But don’t take just my word for it. The appreciation is sincere and heartfelt from those who benefit from our many wonderful, inspirational and impactful programs. Here is just a small sampling of how your membership, leadership and volunteer efforts help others every day of the year in every community in our great nation.

“I couldn’t believe it. There’s no one that came through as fast as the Legion did. It makes you want to pay your dues. I think it’s great.” – Keith Miller, who received an NEF grant after his home in Yarnell, Ariz., was swallowed by an out-of-control wildfire.

“Coming (to Boys Nation) helped me confirm that I am supposed to go into law and politics, and in that way it has changed my life. Before I came here, I knew hardly any parliamentary procedure. Now I know a lot, and I can take that back to my student council.” – 2015 Boys Nation participant Michael McDowell of Houston.

Playing Legion Baseball is one thing I will never regret. It taught me many things about becoming a great teammate, commitment and taught me how to respect the game. It taught me more than just the game of baseball. It taught me about life, and honoring the community and veterans.” – Danton Hyman, an outfielder, pitcher and emotional leader for American Legion Baseball champions from Post 193 in South Carolina.

“(My late husband) just loved the outdoors – the wilderness, fishing, camping – and that’s not something I particularly care for. But I feel like it’s my obligation as the mother of his children, and the only parent left for my kids, to bring as much of the things that he liked into our everyday life.” – Ray Dula, who thanked the 5th District of Georgia for hosting her family and others for a day of fishing and fun.

“(The scholarship) will provide me with an outlet to pursue really my career, my dreams, my passion. Paying for (college) was always a huge concern for me, so now that I have at least a scholarship to help me out, I’m a bit at more at ease. (The Oratorical Contest has) given me a lot of confidence in myself. It’s a realization that I can do what I put my mind to.” – Geeta Minocha of Ocala, Fla., the 2015 Oratorical Contest winner.

“(Air rifle shooting has) mainly affected my academic life. Before I started shooting, I had a really low GPA in school. After I started (shooting), that gave me the inspiration to keep my grades up to stay on the team.” – Adam McClintock of Tucson, Ariz., the 2015 American Legion Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Sporter Champion.                         

 Duty. Honor. Country.

Dale Barnett
National Commander

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November 23, 2015 •  Issue No. 373