** Veterans Wanted! **
The American Legion
Buck-Dubiel Post #101 Open House
SOMERS, CT - January 28, 2013 – Wartime veterans of Somers, CT American Legion are looking to expand an already existing outlet to interface with, and to serve, the community. The American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, is inviting all wartime era veterans in the area to join them in revitalizing American Legion Post 101, in Somers.
Originally organized in 1932, the Buck-Dubiel American Legion Post 101 is currently being revitalized! The Post was physically active from 1932-1972 and afterwards was remotely administered from American Legion Department Headquarters in Rocky Hill for the past forty years from 1972-2012. The Post was physically re-activated in September, 2012, and has been in the process of getting reorganized.
If you are a wartime veteran*, we invite you to become a member of our Post.
The Open House will be February 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Joanna’s Café and Banquet Facility, 145 Main Street, Somersville, CT.
The meeting is only expected to last an hour, but we are allowing additional time for questions/answers and refreshments will be provided prior to and after the meeting. Please bring a fellow veteran and consider becoming a member of our revitalized Post. The American Legion best serves the community by having an active Post working with community programs, especially children and youth programs, and providing assistance to all veterans and their families.
Update: Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Open House to address the group and answer your questions.
There is interest in re-establishing the American Legion Auxiliary in town. Spouses and family members are welcome to attend this event.
There is interest of establishing a Legacy Riders Post here in Somers. If interested, please come to the Open House for the details.
Please attend and share your ideas with us!
Officers and staff members of the Department of Connecticut American Legion Headquarters will be in town for this event. We will have information available at this meeting that detail American Legion benefits, as well as the services our organization provides to the community, at the national, state and local levels.
For more information, contact us via email at: info@SomersPost101.org or call us, toll-free, at: (888) 240-8188.
Check out our new web site at: www.SomersPost101.org
Check out our new Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SomersPost101
All veterans, present and past, are welcome to attend this event. If you have any questions, please call us toll-free, at (888) 240-8188.
In keeping with the tradition of The American Legion, the newly reformed American Legion post in Somers will focus on community service and assistance to veterans. The scope and nature of the post’s community service will be determined by its members and inputs from local civic and community officials.
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. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency’s ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion’s advocacy. 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 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, fundraising for handicapped children, the Children’s Miracle Network and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics.
*Membership in The American Legion is open to all US veterans who served at least one day of honorable active federal service during any of the following periods:
12/7/1941 to 12/31/1946: World War II
6/25/1950 to 1/31/1955: Korean War
2/28/1961 to 5/7/1975: Vietnam War
8/24/1982 to 7/31/1984: Lebanon/Grenada
12/20/1989 to 1/31/1990: Panama
8/2/1990 to present: Gulf War / War On Terrorism