American Legion service teams coming to Kansas


American Legion service teams coming to Kansas

INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2013) – Military veterans in and around Overland Park, Kansas and neighboring Kansas City metropolitan areas are invited next week for a special service session at the following location:
Post 370 7500 West 75th Street Overland Park, KS 66204 913-432-4012

National and state teams from The American Legion will be in town to discuss veteran’s benefits and service to the community. Officers and staff members of the Indianapolis-based American Legion National Headquarters and Topeka, KS-based state headquarters along with local post members will be in town to kick off this community and veteran service campaign.
All wartime veterans in this area are invited to the above location to learn more about The American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff will be available on Thursday, March 14th from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Friday, March 15th from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, March 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Since its inception in 1919, The American Legion has been a key advocate for veterans’ benefits, children & youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality-of-life issues for those serving in today’s armed forces.

The organization, which spearheaded the original GI Bill, has been advocating reform of the veteran’s health care system under its GI Bill of Health. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency’s ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion’s advocacy. The American Legion was also instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Home Loan, veterans hiring preference and just compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses related to their military service, including those whose ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange and mysterious Persian Gulf origins. Equally aggressive are The American Legion’s efforts to instill values in young people through numerous programs, including American Legion Boys State, American Legion Boys Nation, Junior Shooting Sports, the National High School Oratorical Contest, American Legion Baseball, Teenage Suicide Prevention, Child Health and a McGruff Safe Kids Program. The American Legion has supported Scouting since 1919. Many American Legion posts also support Junior ROTC high school units, fund-raising for handicapped children, and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics.

Contact: Emery McKimmy, Area Vice Commander at 913-638-5911, or email him at

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