News from American Legion Post 94
Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:04 pm
By: Hyla Richardson
Post Commander Jackie Damell halted the conversations of those present by calling the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Post member Jimmy Dilday substituted for Chaplain Charles Smith and opened the joint meeting with a prayer for all veterans and those presently serving in the military, and expressed a blessing for the food. Those present were invited to partake of the delicious food the Post cooks had prepared and the pretty delectable desserts some Auxiliary ladies had provided.
Legionnaire Jerry Riggs was presented with a certificate honoring him for the fifty years of continuous dedication to the Legion as a member.
Following the presentation, Riggs said that he had visited many Legion posts and that none of those were as good or friendly as Post 94. A nominating committee was named to make recommendations for officers for the coming year. Past Commanders Tom Call, Jimmy Dudley and Kenneth Gatewood were named for the committee, and they will present the names of those recommended at the next meeting.
The concluding business was a motion and a second that the Post should again donate $100 to the Weakley County Libraries for the Children’s Summer Reading Program.
The Auxiliary meeting was very short because President Sandra Klutts and Shirley Alexander, secretary/treasurer, were absent. Chris Cheatham, wife of Service Officer Ron Cheatham, called the meeting to order and asked Chaplain Janice Alford to give the devotional. Regina Rainwater reported that her son, Brad, had returned from Baghdad and that he was grateful for all of the support he had received while there.
Auxiliary member My-linda Pritchett reported that her husband, Andrew, is now in Kuwait. It is hoped that he and all of the others who are serving in the Middle East will return safely.
The month of April has had several important dates throughout the history of this country, and Commander Damell made note of some of them in The Sharpshooter. They are as follows: April 6,1991, saw the official cease fire that ended the first Persian Gulf War; April 9,1865, was the end of the American Civil War when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant at Fort Appomattox, Va., April 14,1865 the date President Lincoln was shot; and April 22,2004, when Patrick Daniel Tillman died in Afghanistan.
Adjutant Tackett reminded the Post members that three of the past Post Officers make up the nominating committee, but any member in good standing can seek any elected office in Post 94. He also would like to have the members become more willing to become more active and help the post in various ways. He said, “Leadership is what makes any organization a success or failure,” he said.
Service Officer Cheatham reminded veterans that they should record their discharge papers with the County Registers Office. Social Security numbers can be blacked out now, but the Government may not accept the altered documents in the future. The Service Officer can help a veteran who has lost or misplaced important documents.
On Sept. 1 of this year, the war in Iraq will be renamed Operation New Dawn. The troop level in Iraq will be kept at 98,000 until well after the Iraq election while the new government is at its most vulnerable point. The long deployments of our troops are causing stress and suicides because of the long separations from families.
Some groups of Vietnam Veterans are lobbying to get a day designated as Vietnam Veterans Day as a way of showing gratitude and respect they were denied upon their return home from an unpopular war.
Sometime this year, the Army plans to provide troops in Afghanistan with hand held sensors that can peer through walls, detect buried explosives and spot enemy fighters who are hiding behind vegetation or sneaking through underground tunnels. The devices can show clear images of objects by penetrating any nonmetal structure, such as glass, walls, floors and concrete up to six feet.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a more aggressive way to get private-sector input to begin a faster way to process claims for service-connected illnesses caused by Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. The new approach will shorten the time for the claims process. For more information about disability compensation, go to the VA website at http://www.va.gov/. More information can be found at VA’s Agent Orange web page.
Sick Call: Bob Bynum and Murray Taylor are recuperating at the Weakley County Rehab and Nursing Center after being hospitalized again. Earl Poland is now recuperating at home. Chaplain Charles Smith and his wife, Janelle, have been sick at home. Tom Call’s wife, Lorene, spent some time in the hospital at Paris, and she’s now back home.
The new Legion year begins the first of July. Adjutant Tackett reminds those who haven’t renewed their membership should do that so the money can be sent to Indianapolis.
Several Auxiliary members were unable to attend the meetings and they were missed.
Some members have reached ages that might be considered old, but being old doesn’t mean that one can’t still make an effort to do something. We need to have some of the younger eligible people to become interested in continuing the work of the different organizations.
The next meetings will be on May 15, the third Thursday of the month. Please make an effort to attend.wcp 4-13-10