Veterans Still Serving America

Post Commander Matyuf visits Troop 956

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For Veterans Day, Post Commander Matt Matyuf of Sterling's American Legion Post 150 visited Sterling's BSA Troop 956. Commander Matyuf talked about his experiences in the US Navy, and reviewed the history of "Armistice Day" with the troop.

Troop 956 is chartered by American Legion Post 150, and helps Post 150 with maintaining the Veterans Memorial in Sterling Park, and by participating in the annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Welcome!

American Legion Post 150 welcomes as members all Veterans, active servicemen, and active servicewomen who served (or are currently serving) in the nation's armed forces during the eligibility periods designated by Congress. If you are a veteran, love our country, respect our flag, and want to serve your community, then please join us!

Matt Matyuf
Commander, Post 150


American Legion Memorial Walk / Memorial Bricks

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The American Legion is dedicated to continued service to our men and women of the Armed Forces. Your purchase of a brick will help us to continue this vital work.

Please participate in recognizing those who have served (or who are now serving) through the purchase of a brick with your veteran’s name laser-engraved on it. The bricks will be laid at our Veterans Memorial in Sterling, Virginia. By honoring/memorializing your veteran, you help us to raise funds to assist veterans in our community.

The price per brick is $50. Members of the American Legion receive a discounted price of $30 per brick. Only veterans may be honored/memorialized.

If requested, we will notify you when your veteran’s brick is laid at the Veterans Memorial, and we will send you a photo the brick in place at the Veterans Memorial.

Please download the order form for laser-engraved bricks, and send it and your payment to the address on the order form.

Please email your questions to: memorialbricks@alpost150.org

Thank You!
American Legion Post 150
Sterling, Virginia

Legion, Loudoun County support local veterans

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By Marty Callaghan - September 30, 2014

Five American Legion posts and the Loudoun County government in northern Virginia teamed up to honor and reach out to the county’s veterans at the “Salute to Military, Veterans and Families” event on Sept. 27 in Ashburn, Va.

The event was held to recognize the service of local veterans, but also to create a location where they could get help with filing their disability or pension claims. About 15 service officers from The American Legion and other veterans service organizations (VSOs) were on hand to assist.

Bill Bryant, national vice commander for The American Legion, was invited to the event as a featured speaker. He said such events help veterans who have been recently separated from service.

“Oftentimes our men and women who serve in the military aren’t familiar with the areas they choose to live in once they become veterans,” Bryant said. “So they need to know what’s available, who’s there to help them, and where they can go for benefits. It’s difficult for third parties like The American Legion to locate veterans in need” because of privacy concerns. “So this is one of the best ways we can get the veterans to come to us.”

Brian Mullican, service officer for the Legion’s Department of Virginia, said he would love to see “Salute” events all over the state because the department has eight accredited service officers, and "I have about 900,000 veterans.” He said the state’s combined number of service officers from the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs and 21 VSOs was less than 100.

Speaking to an audience of about 200, Bryant spoke about the Legion’s Veterans Crisis Command Centers that had been operating across the country since June. More than 3,000 veterans and family members received help at the centers, and more than $1million was awarded in benefits and back pay.

“The difference that proper benefit payments can make to a veterans family is sometimes so great that it truly alters their way of life,” said Bryant, who served six years in the Marine Corps. “We are interested in making sure veterans get what they have earned so they and their families can be better off.”

One veteran helped at the event by an American Legion service officer was Kenneth Canterbury, a 38-year veteran of the Army National Guard. He showed up to get help in following up on a VA disability claim. He got the information he needed to move forward, but also found out his wife was eligible for benefits.

“I was unaware that my wife could also draw on my disability,” Canterbury said. “I was never informed about that. Now, I’m on cloud nine, and I’m sure my wife will be, too.”

Another guest speaker, Ralph Buona of Loudoun County’s board of supervisors, thanked The American Legion “because what they are doing is providing not only access to benefits and help, but they’re providing ombudsmen – ombudsmen to help the veterans through their issues.”

Charlie McKinney, commander of American Legion Post 2001 in Ashburn, Va., which spearheaded the event, said, “The main thing we wanted to get out of this is to have people understand that (veterans in need) is a problem that’s not going away, and we may have to endure this for decades down the road. We’re at a point right now where we’ve got a lot of veterans out there who are hurting.”

McKinney thanked all those who made the first “Salute” event possible, especially his post’s 1st and 2nd vice commanders, Chuck Loomis and Bob O’Such.

Link to original article: http://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/224710/legion-loudoun-county-supp...

Memorial Day 2014

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Pictures from our 2014 Memorial Day ceremony are here:
http://alpost150.org/category/image-galleries/memorial-day-2014

Thanks to everyone who attended or helped out.

Post 150 especially would like to thank again The Honorable Jennifer T. Wexton (Virginia Senate – 33d District), CAPT Kenneth Cienik (Chaplain Corps USN (Retired), Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church), the Sterling United Methodist Church Choir (Jennifer Quiñones, Director of Music Ministries), and Boy Scout Troop 956 (Randy Shangraw, Scoutmaster).