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Three Vietnam veterans reunite after 50 years

By Michael Hjelmstad

In 1967, three young U.S. Army infantrymen serving in Vietnam on an overgrow jungle island south of Saigon laughed together and became the kind of friends only those who’ve been through war really know. They all survived, even though they didn’t know it after being separated during the war.

Until The American Legion’s recent national convention in Reno, Nev., it had been 50 years since Hugh Crooks, Gordon Clapp and Robert Ryan had seen each other. But despite all the years that have passed since their time in Vietnam, the old friends smiled, laughed, joked and reminisced like they were still in their 20s.

As the three men finally met up at the National Convention, they recalled their days and memories together with stories and details that ranged from terrible to hysterically funny.

Ryan and Crooks met at the induction center after being drafted. Ryan inserted himself into a line in front of Crooks because he heard it was the one for training at Fort Ord, Calif., rather than Fort Bliss, Texas. They sat together on the bus and started a salty friendship neither of them knew would continue over 50 years.

After training they were all three stationed with A Company 3/39 of the 9th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam on an island known as the French Fort. Crooks was told he was really lucky to be assigned to this duty. ( Read the rest of the story - HERE )


Post 66 & SLO VA Clinic Coffee

 

(Pictured are: Dan Dale, Post 66 Commander, David Glidden, Post 66 2nd. Vice Commander, Mike Knight, Post 66 member & owner of Coastal Peaks Coffee and Larry Foster, VA Voluntary Service Specialist. Don Marriott, Legion Riders Chapter 66 President is not pictured.)

Post 66, Legion Riders Chapter 66 and Post 66 Member, Mike Knight, owner of Coastal Peaks Coffee have joined together to support the Donaldson Mark-VA San Luis Obispo Clinic by providing coffee supplies for their veterans waiting to be treated. This is one small example of how Post 66 serves the veterans of our community. In this example, we help serve our veterans coffee, which is a small, but appreciated service. If you have ever sat in a medical clinic (VA or community) and waited a long time to be seen by a health care provider, having a good cup of coffee while you wait is definitely appreciated. It just is. In the picture, Larry Foster, VA Voluntary Service Specialist presented a plaque of appreciation to Post 66, Chapter 66 and Coastal Peaks Coffee for their generosity in supporting the veterans being served at the VA San Luis Obispo Clinic. The plaque will sit on the coffee table to remind our veterans who is providing their coffee.

Through a Post 66 member who visits the Santa Maria VA Clinic, we found out the Santa Maria VA Clinic has been providing coffee, creamer and sugar for the SLO clinic from the excess donations they receive in Santa Maria. Sometimes the supply of coffee from Santa Maria is not enough. Since government facilities, like VA clinics are not allowed to solicit donations, once we found out about the shortfall of coffee from Santa Maria, we decided to give the clinic a hand. After Post 66 Commander, Dan Dale and Legion Rider's President, Don Marriott found out the VA Clinic need help with coffee, they soon received commitments from their membership to support the cost of providing coffee supplies. When Commander Dale approached Mike Knight, owner of Coastal peaks Coffee, he too joined in to help support the Post 66 in providing coffee for the veterans at the SLO VA Clinic. Good Legionnaires working together can do plenty of good work in supporting our veterans.

This is a simple, but good example of how The American Legion, Post 66, Riders Chapter 66 and a few good members can use a little "Mutual Helpfulness" to provide support for our local veterans.


 

Legion reaffirms 94-year-old statement aimed at hate groups

 August 22, 2017

The American Legion today re-affirmed an existing position first passed nearly a century ago that is aimed squarely at groups that espouse racist beliefs.

“In 1923, The American Legion passed a national resolution at our convention in San Francisco that is as relevant today as it was 94 years ago,” National Commander Charles E. Schmidt said after the Legion’s National Executive Committee unanimously reaffirmed National Resolution 407, titled “Law Enforcement and Tolerance.”

First passed when many destructive forces were harming American society, the resolution resolves that “The American Legion considers any individual, group of individuals, or organizations, which creates, or fosters racial, religious or class strife among our people, or which takes into their own hands the enforcement of law, determination of guilt, or infliction of punishment, to be un-American, a menace to our liberties, and destructive to our fundamental law.”

The statement also further resolved that “The American Legion considers such action by any individual, groups, or organizations, to be inconsistent with the ideals and purposes of The American Legion.”


 

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Know Your Benefits

The American Legion takes great pride in being able to provide you with this abbreviated and comprehensive guide to veterans benefits. This brochure is not intended to make you an authority on benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) but to make you aware of available benefits and services you may be entitled to, and how to
apply for them.

Questions concerning benefits or eligibility should be addressed to an American Legion Department Service Officer (www.legion.org/serviceofficers), a VA Regional Office, State Department of Veterans Affairs, or a County Veterans Service Officer.


Pre-Need Planning for Post Everlasting

We will all, one day, transfer to the Post Everlasting. Prior planning on issues such as eligibility for burial in a National Cemetery would be a blessing for those we leave behind.


Pre-Need Burial Eligibility

This American Legion's document "What To Do Before a Veteran Dies" is another good pre-planning resource .

What To Do Before a Veteran Dies

 


 

 

 

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