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Veterans should help save American Legion

Oklahoman Published: June 30, 2014
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I’ve been a member of American Legion Post 88 in Norman 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 organization. As I follow the news in Oklahoma, I’ve seen plenty about recent criminal charges against elected state American Legion officials. As bad as the organization may appear, I believe it is still an important tool nationally.

When the American Legion calls, Congress and the VA answer. Because of this, Oklahoma’s veterans should take the time to save this champion for veterans within the state and work to make it a voice in government. The people who can do this are the leaders who are doing well and don’t think they need the help.

I ask veterans to get involved on behalf of those you served with. The American Legion demands respect from a government that is often distant and helps ensure dignity for those veterans who’ve earned the right to be heard. From July 25-27 in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma American Legion convention will pass a new charter and conduct elections. Unfortunately, the status quo will continue with more unqualified candidates unless the best among us answer the call again and save this vital organization from itself.

Please consider joining the American Legion, showing up and making a difference.

Joshua Grubbs, Arlington, Va.

For more information on joining the American Legion, go to www.legion.org.