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Reader Opinion: Legion thanks communities

Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion thanks our communities for their support. As the post's motto states, "Thank you for letting us serve you so that we can continue to serve our veterans, military and our community." In the past several years,...

Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion thanks our communities for their support.

As the post's motto states, "Thank you for letting us serve you so that we can continue to serve our veterans, military and our community."

In the past several years, with help from our charitable gambling, auxiliary and post membership, we've been able to donate more than $46,000 to needy veterans and our local community.

A major focus for the post is supporting local Minnesota organizations that provide assistance and counseling to help rehabilitate our veterans with chemical/alcohol dependency, are homeless, jobless or disabled due to mental (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or physical wounds suffered when serving our country. These organizations include Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, the Homeless and Wounded Warriors of MN in Crosslake and the St. Cloud VA Rehabilitation Treatment Program.

In addition, the post has helped finance other veteran activities including purchasing a new van to transport local veterans to their St. Cloud and Twin Cities VA appointments.

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Locally, Post 500 and our auxiliary provide scholarships for high school seniors, American Legion Baseball, Boys and Girls State, care boxes for deployed Minnesota National Guardsmen, Crosslake Community Center, Lakes Area Pregnancy Center, Mid Minnesota Woman's Shelter, Crosslake Fire and Police departments.

As the American Legion Motto states, we were organized to serve "God and Country." In support of that our post organizes and leads the Memorial Day Ceremony each year at Pinewood Cemetery to honor veterans who gave their lives for our freedom and all local deceased veterans who sacrificed to allow us to keep our freedom. When requested by families of deceased veterans, the post provides a military ceremony to honor their service to our country.

Without our communities' support of our post and charitable gambling, none of these programs could be accomplished. Thank you!

Pam Wiltsey

Crosslake Legion Auxiliary President

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