AUBURN — Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of the American Legion, William J. Rogers Post 153 will hold a supper on March 15 and a breakfast on March 16.

A corned beef supper will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15. The event will be co-hosted with the Women’s Auxiliary Unit 153, whose members will be the hostesses. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

On Sunday, March 16, a breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

These events are opened to the public and opportunities for veterans who never served in the American Legion to learn about the organization, said Paul R. Bernard, commander.

Members of the American Legion are still on the front lines when it comes to helping veterans. Through the years members of the American Legion have been consistent in fighting for benefits and the VA’s budget has grown by $40 billion; more than 2 million additional veterans are enrolled in the Veterans Administration; there has been a net increase of 62 new community-based outpatient clinics, bringing the total to 827 nationwide. The group has opened its 151st VAMC, a new, state-of-the-art facility in Las Vegas, its first hospital in 17 years. More than 10,800 caregivers have been trained to care for the most seriously injured post-9/11 veterans.

More than a million veteran and family member students have received educational assistance and vocational training through the Veterans Administration.

An average of 113,000 veterans a year have been laid to rest in  national cemeteries. Nearly 90 percent of all veterans now have a burial option within 75 miles of home.

Veterans’ homelessness was reduced by 17 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Last year, 70,000 veteran home mortgage holders who defaulted on their home loans were kept from foreclosure and eviction because members worked out the best arrangements with the appropriate financial institutions.

For information on the American Legion, call the post home at 782-1118 or visit at 71 South Main St., New Auburn.


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