To all veterans in the North East, Harborcreek, Greenfield and the surrounding area, recent legislation signed into law on July 30, 2019, now permits all veterans to join the American Legion.
The “Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service”, also known as the LEGION Act, allows any honorably discharged veterans who’ve served since Dec. 7, 1941, to join the American Legion and access its programs and benefits.
This is long overdue, and I hope that you will consider joining the American Legion Lake Shore Post 105, in North East.
Q: What does the North East Lake Shore Post 105 do locally?
A: Each year the North East Lake Shore Legion Post 105 donates tens of thousands of dollars to support local veteran and community programs. In addition, Post 105 hosts local nonprofits and fundraising benefits to support local causes. Our Honor Guard is one of the most active Honor Guards in Erie County, conducting services, unfortunately, at over 100 veteran funerals each year; our Color Guard is requested at more events than we can staff!
Q: What does the American Legion do nationally?
A: The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans. The American Legion offers expert advice, support and representation for veterans and families seeking government benefits they are eligible to receive at the federal, state and local levels.
Q: Why should I join the American Legion?
A: We have a saying at North East American Legion Lake Shore Post 105. “For those who came before us and for those who served after us.”
Many veterans, who were not eligible for membership in the American Legion previously, were not exposed to combat, Unfortunately, since 9/11, many of our grandchildren, children or neighbors’ children, were not that lucky. Post 105 asks that if you are veteran, for no other reason, join for those who served after you!
Your service mattered, and your membership will make sure our past, current and future service members get all the support that they deserve!
— Dean M. Taylor, Commander, Lake Shore Post 105