I’m a member of the American Legion and I believe it’s a good organization to join or support the many good things the American Legion does to help our veterans. Let me explain about the American Legion.

The Queens County committee is as old as the American Legion. They were founded in 1919 and have provided leadership and guidance to the posts of Queens County and have been welcoming veterans from all branches of our armed forces.

The Queens County American Legion consists of 26 posts with 1,760 members. Additionally, they have auxiliary units and Sons of the Legion squadrons. Their primary focus is to serve veterans and their families.

They support the St. Albans Veteran’s Hospital and the New York State Nursing Veterans Home through posts and individual efforts.

They continue to support active service veterans currently serving in combat situations as well as those in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. They have a variety of educational programs for school-age children on Americanism and Flag awareness.

The American Legion has over 2 million members — men and women — in 13,000 posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments-one each for the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Furthermore, they help wounded service members adjust to life-altering injuries. They also help severely wounded soldiers during their long hospitals stays in military centers and help veterans transition to civilian life when they come home connecting them to support services in their hometowns.

So please join or support the American Legion. For more information, go to www.legion.org.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.


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