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American Legion Walk for Veterans coming to Fort Benning this Saturday

American Legion LogoTypeThe American Legion will hold a Walk for Veterans here on Saturday, May 14. Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department of Georgia Commander Thom Mash.
“The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander Mash. “The American Legion has been calling for accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The problems are significant. An estimated 22 veterans a day commit suicide.  Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans still have difficulty receiving health care in a timely manner and many have been waiting years to have their disability claims resolved.  We owe it to those who served our country to never forget their sacrifice and devotion.  We are walking for those who marched for us.”
A chartered bus to the Walk will depart from Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain at 8:30 am.  The Walk will begin at approximately 9 am from the Infantry Museum at 1775 Legacy Way in Columbus.  It will be followed by a tour of the Museum and lunch at a local American Legion post.
Proceeds will benefit The American Legion National Emergency Fund, which has provided more than $8 million of assistance to American Legion Family members and posts that have been impacted by natural disasters in communities across the country since 1969.
The registration fee for the walk is $25.00 and will include a t-shirt, lunch and tour of the museum.
For more information about The American Legion Walk for Veterans call 3rd District Commander Mark Shreve at (706) 566-6015 or 3rd District Adjutant Vickie Smith-Dikes at (706) 580-5514.
The nation’s largest wartime veterans organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.  Learn more at www.Legion.org.