Volume No. 18 Issue No. 4 April 2021  

  The American Legion chamber presentation
  By Chip Kossow, presenter and senior vice commander of the Falcon post

     The American Legion was formed on March 15, 1919, by veterans of World War I for the purpose of taking care of America’s war veterans. In short order, it became a very influential nonprofit group with national recognition.
   The Legion’s current mission statement is “To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.” This devotion has led to several key U.S. policies and programs being enacted over the years. Here are a few notable ones:
  • U.S. Veterans Bureau — the forerunner to the Veterans Administration
  • Flag code
  • Boys and Girls State
  • GI Bill — later was amended to the GI Bill for Life.
  • Legion baseball

   While these great accomplishments were at the national level, The American Legion is a grassroots organization. The thousands of posts around the world are embedded in our communities. This is where the majority of the work takes place for our veterans, families and communities. Many of the national ideas originate at a post as a resolution.
   Falcon’s Post is “Dane R. Balcon Post 2008.” The Post is named for Army SPC Dane R. Balcon of Falcon, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. The Post serves the Falcon community with programs designed for our veterans, families and the community.
   Here are a few:
  • Veterans Administration claims and appeals
  • JROTC awards and scholarships
  • Junior shooting sports
  • Charitable donations
  • Flag education and other patriotic programs

   Eligibility requirements for American Legion membership: If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since Dec. 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving; you are eligible for membership in the American Legion.
   Our Legion family consists of the Auxiliary for spouses of veterans and female family members, Sons of the American Legion for male descendants of veterans, and the American Legion Riders for veterans and family members who ride motorcycles.
   The Post currently meets at Patriot High School at 11990 Swingline Road on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except November and December. Contact the Post at any of the following:
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