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Opinion

June 28, 2014

Veterans answer the call

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I’ve been a member of American Legion Post 88 for 12 years, since soon after I raised my hand at West Point. I joined because my father and his father were both in the Legion. This past week I visited the post for the first time as a member and found some great folks who care about veterans and their community. What these leaders do struggle with is reaching out and engaging our younger veterans. So, I’m asking Norman’s veterans to join the post this week and try it for a year.

The American Legion is one of the largest veterans’ service organizations in the nation. They help at the individual level, making sure those in need get the resources they deserve and have earned. They help at the national level where they influence federal policy (when the American Legion calls Congressmen, they answer the phone). Even if you don’t think you need their assistance now, one of your buddies does.

If we don’t step up and support the organization now, it won’t be there later. The Oklahoma American Legion is already experiencing this threat as you may have noticed in this newspaper. Due to embezzlement and drug charges against elected state Legion officials, members of our Post 88, along with 22 other posts in the state, called on the National American Legion to revoke the state charter and start fresh. This process will begin July 25 in Oklahoma City with a convention and new elections. The status quo will reign with more unqualified candidates unless our best and brightest answer the call again and save this vital organization from itself.

I ask that you please consider joining the Legion, showing up, and making a difference as soon as possible. If you have questions please contact me, wpsooner@hotmail.com, or my father, Eric Grubbs, eggrubbs

@cox.net, the American Legion Post 88 Sergeant at Arms.

JOSHUA GRUBBS

Arlington, VA

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