For Immediate Release: 6 August 2014Huntsville, AL: American Legionnaires from across Madison County came together for the National Night Out Veterans Walk to show their support for Veterans' causes. Participants conversed as they walked several laps on the old runway behind the Huntsville Jaycees building.
District Vice Commander Jeremy Blevins said "We really appreciate the Huntsville Police Department and the Huntsville Community Watch Association for dedicating the walk after the National Night Out event this year to Veterans' causes. While the issues with the VA Health System have received much attention this year, we also must keep in mind the ongoing efforts to treat PTSD and TBI, reduce service-related suicides, and end Veteran homelessness. One of the original concepts in the American Legion almost 100 years ago was to give all Veterans and service members a hand up, not a hand out. We hope that our walk here tonight will help remind all of us of the sacrifices that our service members have made for all of us, and the debt that we owe them for our freedom."
About The American Legion: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Legionnaires Carlos Woods, Lester Barnard, and Robert Douglas