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The American Legion works on reclaiming Idaho veterans

The American Legion is calling on veterans to renew their memberships throughout the state. It has a couple people stationed in downtown Idaho Falls who have already convinced over 50 people to come back.

“Veterans are used to camarderie. When you’re in harm’s way, you make friends very quickly and lasting relationships. A lot of us have friends that we knew in the military that we’ve been corresponding with for year and years and years. Sometimes people miss that camarderieand if you get with American Legion we have dinners — we have get-togethers,” said Capt. Robert L. Skinner the Idaho American Legion state commander.

The American Legion is a veterans organization that has programs with youth, sports, schools, and of course with other veterans. It is also a major voice for veterans when it comes to issues they care about in Congress. So for the next few days, the organization will be making tons of phone calls to renew veterans’ memberships and to get even more veterans to join.

“We call ourselves veterans serving veterans. Although we have a lot of retired – a lot of us no longer in the military – we still work on veterans’ things. A lot of people don’t know, but the American Legion crafted and put through Congress the G.I. Bill. So a lot of veterans out there who have education through the G.I. Bill, owe a dedication to the American Legion,” said Skinner.

On Friday there will be a big event to celebrate the work the American Legion has done in the Idaho Falls community. Mayor Rebecca Casper will be at the Veterans Memorial Building and she will be proclaiming that day as American Legion Day in Idaho Falls.

The American Legion is always welcoming more members. To find information on how to join, contact Bonneville Post 56 at (208) 403-2163. Yearly membership is $40.

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