District 7 meeting planned - 11:00 AM - September 20, 2014
The next District 7 meeting will be hosted by the Smithfield VFW and held on Saturday, Sept 20 at American Legion Post 132 on 100 Pitchi St., Smithfield. Please note that the meeting starts at 11:00 AM - which is earlier than usual.
State Golf Tournament Planned - September 19-21, 2014
The 2014 annual VFW State Golf Tournament will be held Sept 19-21 at the Whispering Woods Golf Club near Southern Pines. Information and applications are at the Post, or can be downloaded from our website.
September is Suicide Prevention Month - September
The U.S. military acknowledged that active duty suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012, a record of 349 active duty suicides. An ex tensive study by the U.S. government shows that 22 US veterans a day commit suicide.
The Veterans Administration estimates there were over 8,000 veteran suicides in 2010. About 1,000 suicide attempts are reported to the VA per week among veterans under VA care. The VA reported that over 69% of veteran suicides were among individuals aged 50 years or older.
Free Legal Services - Sign up before Nobember 20, 2014
Attorney Michaela Bostrom of Garner, has offered to provide FREE Wills & Powers of Attorney to American Legion Post 232 members with assets under $300,000. If you are such a veteran member of American Legion Post 232, you must sign up and pre-register at one of the Post meetings preceding the Thursday, Nov. 20 Post meeting. The regular Post meetings of the Legion are on third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at thier Post home at 1005 Poole Dr., Garner.
Military OneSource - ongoing
Are you familiar with Military OneSource? This resource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members (regardless of activation status), and their families. It's a virtual extension of installation services, which is a confidential program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood services. Visit the website today or call 800-342-9647.
Request release of American in Mexican jail - ongoing
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is demanding the immediate release of US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has now suffered over 5 months in a Mexican jail. VFW National Commander John Stroud is asking not only for the support of the 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, but for the entire military and veteran community to rally for one of their own. VFW is asking all American veterans to take action by flooding the White House with calls and emails asking President Obama to secure Tahmooressi's release, immediately. Call (202) 456-1111 and click here to send an email.
Colleting items for the homeless - now through Oct 1, 2014
Our Ladies Auxiliary is collecting items for the homeless that will help them get through the winter months. There will be a box at the Post to collect things like gloves, blankets, warm new socks, scarves, hats, and even some food items like beef jerky. These items will be bagged up and brought to the October Council meeting.
Birthday night returns - 3rd Friday of each month
Come join us on the third Friday of each month for our monthly Birthday Nights. Come out an celebrate your special day, or that of your friends. The activies start at 7:00 PM and a birthday cake will be provided.
Yard Sale - To be determined
The Ladies Auxiliary will be running a yard sale to benefit the Building Fund. So check your closets and drawers for those items you no longer need, and donate them to a worthy cause. There will be all sorts of trash and tresure there. Watch this site for the date.
Thanks to our many volunteers - Ongoing
Each month, many of our members work at the Post and in the community to support our veterans. To thank them all in each edition of the Post Newsletter, takes a lot of room - due to the number of people to thank. So we are now listing them here, with a big Thank You, so we don't miss anyone. Check out who we thanked this month.
Supporting our Military
View this inspiring presentation from the third graders of Tussing Elementary, Colonial Heights, Virginia. At the end of the song you can order the sheet music.
Our Post has several family members serving in the War on Terror. Also, the Post has adopted three Military units in the area. Please read the latest information from each.
Post and family members deployed
US Army 210th Unit
US Army 535th MP Unit - Deploying now
US Army 805th MP Unit
25 members deployed
See an Armed Forces Tribute
Click here or on the yellow ribbon at the top of every page, to see how you can support our service personnel and their families.
Watch this excellent video specially made to thank all Vietnam veterans.