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November 14, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Nov. 14

Help is available for vets in need

Tuesday evening, Nov. 12, was the night Bonnie Sloan Post 28 hosted its Veterans Day dinner since so many other restaurants and posts were honoring our veterans on the actual Veterans Day.

Floyd County Superior Court No. 3 Judge Maria Granger was the keynote speaker for the evening. She can easily talk about the life of veterans as she has walked the walk alongside her husband, Steven Mennemeyer.

Maria and Steve can also share with you what it is like to lose a son in the line of duty, serving our country. No one wants to be Gold Star parents, but they have used this experience to share and work to help other military families through some of their darkest hours.

Judge Granger also has reached out to our returning veterans, as many try to gain their life back, and find a way to cope with reality here at home. Many fall into drinking and drug problems, in turn end up in jail time and time again. Thanks to the wonderful folks who make up the Veterans Court, help is available.

Help is also available before it goes this far if you know where to turn. The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary are willing and ready to help them find that help. The VA hospital units have a lot of wonderful programs available for our veterans.

If you are reading this and know someone who can benefit from these programs, please contact someone from the post at Bonnie Sloan, 1930 McDonald Lane, or call 812-945-1944 and ask to speak to Commander Hanger or any executive officer available for information where to call and get connected.

Come out and visit us at the post. We have a lot of exciting things happening. We are more than willing to invite you to join us and become a member reaching a helping hand to those who wore the uniform, and the family members who waited at home praying for their safe return.

The auxiliary is open to ladies who are wives, daughters, granddaughters and sisters of a Legionnaire. The Sons program says just what it is, a son of a Legionnaire who was or is a member of the American Legion.

We welcome you questions and our membership.

— Beverly Crump, New Albany

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