Images shown are of the September 16, 2023, Annual Harriet Tubman Celebration in Columbia. From Left to Right: Atholton JROTC Color Guard; the AL Post 156 Commander, Andy Wolkstein; the AL Post 300 Historian, George Delaney, and the AL Post 156 PAO, Greg Jolissaint; AL Post 159 Legionnaire Sgt Paul Rivers, USMC; and AL Post 156 Legionairre and MCL Det #1084 Member Bill Swain
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American Legion "Be the One" Campaign
The program will destigmatize asking for mental health support, provide peer-to-peer support and resources, and educate everyone on how they can "Be the One" for a Veteran in need.
Today, the No. 1 issue facing the veteran community is suicide, according to the National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. It is estimated that between 17 and 22 veterans or servicemembers take their lives each day. That’s more than 6,000 annually. The rate of suicide for veterans is more than 50% higher than that of non-veteran adults. As the Global War on Terrorism continues, there will be more veterans facing mental-health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
American Legion Post 156 will be instrumental in the success of this campaign. We have the power to foster unity and camaraderie, and we can mobilize support quickly to veterans in crisis. In non-emergency situations, we can also:
- Educate members, other veterans and civilians about the campaign.
- Display resources at our post and in your community.
- Share events or success stories on the legiontown.org platform.
Post 156 will incorporate the "Be the One" Campaign into our 2023-2024 seasonal Buddy Call Campaign so that we can identify Veterans in Crisis and/or in need!
Howard County Fallen Heroes Tribute
To honor Howard County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the Office of Veteran and Military Families is proud to announce the creation of the Fallen Heroes Tribute page.
We hope that you will use this form by sharing their stories of valor which will be highlighted on a future webpage.
Senior Veterans Benefits Guide
Navigating the intricacies of benefits available for long-term care can be daunting, especially for retired Veterans. To address this issue and to assist senior Veterans and their families, Caring.com created a comprehensive guide that explains various VA benefits, focusing on those available to seniors. This guide offers valuable insights into utilizing VA benefits to meet long-term care needs. It also outlines eligibility requirements and provides a step-by-step application process to determine the options available for financing a Veteran's health care needs. You can learn more by clicking on the website link below:
Veterans and Dementia -- Things We All Should Know!
Recent research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has uncovered a concerning trend: Veterans are 2x more likely to develop dementia compared to the general population. This increased vulnerability stems from a combination of factors which include TBIs and PTSD along with the normal aging process. A comprehensive guide to memory care for Veterans (that dives into the complexities of dementia and presents a range of treatment options) can be found at the following web address https://www.memorycare.com/
Family Cargivers -- News on Access to Some Military Facilities
According to the Department of Defense, updated requirements now state all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.
For more information, click here.
Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156 welcomes Veterans and active duty service members from all branches of our Armed Forces. New legislation has been signed opening up eligibility for more veterans to join the American Legion. If you served any time from December 7th, 1941 to present, we'd love to have you stop by and fill out an application! Joining our post enables you to continue serving your God, country and community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.
To the wonderful, patriotic citizens of the Howard County, thank you for supporting our Post. As a tax exempt organization defined by IRS code 501(c)19, your donations are 100% tax deductible. All money raised is given back to Veterans or the local community. Help us to continue supporting financially worthy community programs and projects. Your support will allow us to continue sponsoring scholarships for youth, while also giving aid and assistance to our local Veterans and their families.
If you are a member of the Post and not receiving email notices, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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