2008-12-11 / Sports

Legion Family Raising Funds For Wounded Warriors

The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion have launched a fundraising effort to purchase comfort items for hospitalized troops recovering in U.S. military and VA medical centers around the world.

"The government does a good job of providing the essentials," said American Legion National Cmdr, David K. Rehbein. "We want to be able to provide items that usually don't appear in the budget, such as personal sweat suits, I-Pods, DVDs and other comfort items. The American Legion family is challenging its members and all caring Americans to raise $50,000 by the holidays so we can brighten the season for those who have given us so much."

The American Legion family raised nearly $350,000 during a similar effort for wounded military members recovering at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany last year.

The project is called Operation Comfort Warriors. Donors can make online contributions by visiting www.legion.org/ocw or by sending a check to Operation Comfort Warriors, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Administrative and promotional costs for Operation Comfort Warriors are paid by the American Legion, allowing all of the donations to be spent directly on the troops.

With a current membership of 2.6-million wartime veterans, the American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism and patriotic youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

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