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Commanders Message:

Greetings Coon Valley American Legion Family

We had a very successful Vernon County Banquet at our post on March 03, and if you weren’t there, you missed a good time, and an excellent meal .I would like to thank Roger Mathison for heading this up. Roger and Ron Miller prepared the food, and the meal was served by the Auxiliary. There were 95 people in attendance. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. Other Posts in the county complain when they host the banquet that they lose money or make very little. Roger reports we cleared close to $500.00 dollars. Go figure.

Everyone, please note that our March meeting will be on Thursday, March 15, 2018, due to Lent. We had a very poor attendance at our Feb. meeting because of the same situation, so mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss this meal. The Auxiliary will be fixing a few turkeys and all the trimmings. Our meeting will start early, at 7:00 p.m., followed by the meal at 7:30, followed by the County meeting. It’s always a good time.

You may recall that in December our Post received a $1500.00 check from Mr & Mrs. James Onshus to be directed to wounded warriors in Vernon County. Roger Mathison and I had a conversation with Vernon County Veterans Service Officer Jim Young in January, & he stated he often gets emergency situations for veterans that he doesn’t always have the funds to cover from his funds. On February 27, our Post received a plea for help from the Veterans Service Office. Jim had an Iraq veteran, two tours of duty, 100% disabled, with traumatic brain injury. The veterans’ wood stove was no longer serviceable, and they were using two electric space heaters for heat. The veteran has a wife and a 14 month old child. The contractor recommended a new pellet stove would be the way to go for a cost of $2000.00. Your officers texted each other and agreed Roger would hand deliver the check to Viroqua for $1500.00 the same day. The County made up the difference and the veteran has heat and is very, very grateful.

A special thank you to the Onshus family and everyone involved.

Please remember our Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast.

Frank Mathison, Commander Post 116


Alton Kammel graduated from his combat training and is heading off to his MP school at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Alton is a PFC in the US Marine Corps, member of Post 116, the son of Post 116 member Lisa Kammel and the grandson of Post 116 member Ken Kammel.

Adjutant Notes

American Flags For Sale From The Legion

Don’t forget that Post 116 has flags available for sale to any member as well as anyone in our Community or beyond. This can be a great fundraiser for the American Legion so spread the word and don’t forget the Legion when you need to order a flag. The 3’ x 5’ flags are $25.00.

Proper Disposal Of The American Flag

There is a proper ceremony for the disposal of the American Flag, which usually involves collecting up all of the unserviceable flags, an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms followed by burning. Such an event was held on September 11th at Chaseburg Post 202. We had our flags retired at this ceremony. We collect flags from throughout the community through our flag disposal drop box. It is located in the parking lot at the southwest corner of the banquet hall. Please use this for disposing your flags and let your friends and neighbors know about this as well.

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