The Eight District of The American Legion of Iowa will host its annual Fall Conference on Sunday in Webster City. All military veterans who are current members of the organization are invited and encouraged to attend, as are veterans who want to know more about the largest veterans' service organization in the nation.
"The American Legion of Iowa, over 55,000 members strong, is divided into nine districts throughout the state," said State Commander Lyle Schaffer of Galva. "Aside from the state convention, this is one of the most important meetings our members can attend, as each Legion Post in the District has the opportunity to gather fresh ideas, and new information to bring back to their community."
The fall conference is being hosted by Post #191 of Webster City. Legion members will meet at post headquarters, 729 Second St., while members of The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a separate meeting at the Moose Lodge, 1961 W. James Street. A joint banquet will be held at The Moose Lodge, in which members from the region will hear from the state commander, or his representative, about the progress made on legislative, community, and children/youth programs.
"The American Legion of Iowa is involved in many areas that are of concern to every community in Iowa," said Schaffer. "Along with fighting for the health and education benefits for all military veterans and today's soldiers, the American Legion of Iowa hosts a number of programs that most communities don't even realize we are doing."
Schaffer said the American Legion is often the first call when a veteran passes away in a community, so that proper military honors can be provided. They also are a reliable source for information concerning service-connected injuries/illnesses and claims. The organization further provides emergency funds for veterans' families, works to provide scholarship opportunities to the children and youth, and educate schools about the proper respect for our U.S. flag.
For more information about the Eighth District's Fall Conference, contact: Tom Dorsey, at (515) 408-2609 or Janet Litch at (515) 408-2014