|Dear Legion Family Members and
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.
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.
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
“(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.
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23, 2015 • Issue No.