American Legion Draws Members To Local Posts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The American Legion was out recruiting in full force on Sunday. National members were in Charleston reaching out to veterans.

It's all part of an effort to get more support for local legions. On Sunday, members gathered in American Legion Post 20.

They've sent out over 1100 letters to vets. The reason is to get more support on a county level and for vets to participate in events supporting their hometown.

"They don't have to be active, but at some point in time they may find a program or activity they would like to partake in and that would be welcoming them to come and work an event, say a fish fry. It's not a requirement to come to meetings, but if they would we would welcome them with open arms," says American Legion Assistant Director for Membership, Michele Steinmetz.

Leaders say in this weeks event alone, they hope to get around 200 members transferred from the at large legion into the local branches.

The event continues Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 20 on Dickinson Street.

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