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American Legion hosts benefits, service conference

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Military veterans in and around the greater Albany area are invited for a special service session starting today at Walter H. Burt American Legion Post 30 in Albany, located at 2916 Gillionville Rd.

State teams from The American Legion will be in town to discuss veteran's benefits and service to the community.

All wartime veterans in these areas are invited to American Legion Post 30 to learn more about The American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff will be available from Wednesday August 6th from 12 pm to 5pm, Thursday and Friday, August 7th and 8th from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, August 9th from 9 am to 1 pm along with members of American Legion Posts in the greater Albany area and surrounding counties.

The State Service Officer will also be available for all area veterans with claims or other veteran-related questions on Saturday Aug. 9th from 9 am to 1 pm.

In keeping with the over 94-year tradition of The American Legion, the rejuvenated American Legion posts in this area will focus on community service and assistance to veterans. The scope and nature of the posts' community service will be determined by its members and inputs from local civic and community officials.

Since its inception in 1919, The American Legion has been a key advocate for veterans' benefits, children & youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality-of-life issues for those serving in today's armed forces.

The organization, which spearheaded the original GI Bill, has been advocating reform of the veteran's health care system under its GI Bill of Health. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency's ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion's advocacy. 

The American Legion was also instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Home Loan, veterans hiring preference and just compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses related to their military service, including those whose ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange and mysterious Persian Gulf origins.

For more info, call  (229) 672-0418.

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