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American Legion Post 1799, Haymarket, recently sponsored a gathering of veterans at the Regency in Dominion Valley with a special program and keynote speaker, retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Hanton, former F4 Phantom jet pilot, downed in Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war.
Legion reaches out to Regency
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Membership chair Don Hirst, who was instrumental in putting the program together, said the gathering was part of the post's effort to grow its membership by reaching out to veterans in membership events.
“We decided to hold the first event at Regency and name it, "Calling All Veterans,” he said. “We strongly believe in helping our wounded warriors and their families any way we can, not only during the recovery process but merging into the workforce and normal family life as well.”
Post 1799 commemorated Veterans Day and at this event and presented a POW/MIA flag to the Regency.
Also during the event, Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland discussed Prince William County veterans’ initiatives and he presented Post 1799 with a Gainesville Hero Award to honor the service of its members.
Debi Alexander, executive director of the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, spoke of the importance of the therapeutic benefits the horses provide to the wounded warriors who come from Walter Reed in their path to recovery.
Any honorably-discharged wartime veteran, regardless of location of service or gender, is welcome to join The American Legion. Congress designates eligible periods of service.
American Legion Post 1799, Haymarket, has American military retired, former, and active duty. Veterans can visit www.alpost1799.org, for details.