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Poker Run helps local veterans

LOUDOUN TIMES-MIRROR | JUNE 1, 2017

COUNTRYSIDE / CASCADES / STERLING

Poker Run helps local veterans
Kathie Felix
KFINLOUDOUN@AOL.COM

Sterling American Legion Post 150 offers a chance to get
that motorcycle out of the garage on June 10 for a ride to
help fund local programs provided by, and for, area
veterans.

The sixth annual American Legion Post 150 Poker Run—a day
trip that travels to the American Legion posts in
Purcellville and Brunswick, Md., with a stop in
Leesburg—begins and ends at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in
Herndon.

5th Annual American Legion Post 150 Poker Run

5th Annual American Legion Post 150 Poker Run

Break Out That Leather;
Polish Off That Chrome;
Fire Up That Iron;
Winter Is Over!!

Come And Join Us At Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
607 Spring St. Herndon, VA 20170

Saturday, April 30th 2016

Registration Begins At 9:00 AM
First Bike Out At 10:00 AM, Last Bike Out At 11:00 AM
$20.00 Per Rider; $10.00 Per Passenger; $5 Each Additional Hand

The ride is approximately 90 miles throughout Loudoun County, VA.
Riders must arrive at all stops and be present to win.
Prizes and raffles will be conducted at Jimmy's after the ride.

Contact us at LoudounALR@gmail.com;
Follow us on Facebook at American Legion Post 150

Come Out And Join Us, Please Drink Responsibly!

Gun Raffle

The winning tickets of the American Legion Post 150 Gun Raffle. are shown below. The winners have been contacted.
1st place #2125 $1500.00
2nd place #1246 $1000.00
3rd place #1813 $500.00

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American Legion, Post 150
GUN RAFFLE

The American Legion, Sterling Post 150 , in conjunction
with NOVA-Tactical will be raffling off three gun
prizes. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to
support many of the community and Veterans programs in
which we are involved.

1st prize – Rifle or purchase of equal value up to $1500

Memorial Day Ceremony -- Monday, 11am

Our 2015 Memorial Day ceremony starts at 11am (Monday, May 25) at the Veterans Memorial in Sterling Park (at the corner of Sterling Boulevard and Holly Avenue). Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

The keynote speaker will be Pearson Buasen (Veterans service representative, Northern Virginia Community College - Loudoun).

As in previous years, Post 150 will be ably assisted by BSA Troop 956 and the Sterling United Methodist Church choir.

See you there!

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.

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...

Military Appreciation Day

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Post 150 Legionnaires,

This Saturday is Military Appreciation Day In Loudoun County, VA. The five American Legion Posts in Loudoun County (in conjunction with Loudoun County Government and several Veteran Service Organizations) are hosting a special four-hour event at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, VA running from 10:00 to 14:00 hours. The first two hours will have guest speakers and musical entertainment, plus vendors and other displays. The afternoon hours will be dedicated to assisting those service members who need assistance with VA claims. This is an event to celebrate the military Service Members and Veterans in the community.

Please join us this Saturday 27 SEP 2014 1000-1400 at Stone Bridge High School (43100 Hay Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147).

Those wishing to make a monetary contribution in support of the Veteran Service Organizations may do so by making checks out to "American Legion Post 2001" and noting "Military Appreciation" on the remarks line. Mail checks to: American Legion Post 2001, P.O. Box 1243, Ashburn, VA 20146. The Ashburn Post has taken the lead on this.

Thanks,
Matt Matyuf
Commander
American Legion Post 150
Sterling Park, VA

Military Appreciation Day

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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
COUNTY OF LOUDOUN
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Proclamation of September 27, 2014 as
Military Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, overseas military operations continue and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from Loudoun County are in harm’s way serving throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, the blessings of liberty require constant vigilance and sacrifice, and every man, woman and child in this great nation owes a debt of gratitude to those who have, or still are selflessly serving; and

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).

3d Annual Poker Run - American Legion Post 150

Poker Run

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Jimmy's Old Town Tavern
697 Spring St, Herndon, VA

Registration: 12n-1pm
$20 per rider, $10 per passenger

Contact us at: LoudounALR@gmail.com