Legions look for more veterans

Calling all veterans! The American Legion, the largest veteran’s organization in the United States, and the only veterans service organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, was responsible for the establishment of the Veterans Administration as well as the enactment of the GI Bill, amongst many other achievements and accomplishments.

Middlebury’s American Legion Post 27 has been right there with them since the start in 1919. This local post has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to veterans and children’s organizations, local nonprofits, local high school athletic teams, as well as to town functions and events, just to name a few. They have also frequently donated use of their hall to benefit others.

Did you know that Post 27 hosted the largest COVID-19 vaccination center in Addison County? There more than 19,300 COVID vaccinations administered there earlier this year.

Like most other organizations, membership is its backbone, and currently it is in decline. However, there are many veterans out there who can join. Anyone who has had one day of active duty in the U.S. armed services since Dec. 7, 1941, is eligible. Legion boosters point out that there are numerous benefits to being a member.

Those interested in what it means to be a Legion member or who already knows they want to join is asked to please stop into Post 27, which is located on Boardman Street in Middlebury, or call the post adjutant at 802-989-0486 for an application and more information. The adjutant notes, there is strength in numbers, and your help is needed.

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