May 26 2021
Jun 5 2020
Post 85 member Army veteran, Ken Swanson, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on Sunday, June 7th
Post 85 member Army veteran, Ken Swanson, will be celebrating his 100th birthday on Sunday, June 7th, at Ecumen in North Branch.
Due to the covid virus, he is not able to spend it with family. His daughter has requested a parade in his honor, so if you are able, please join us at 1:45 on the street just off of Falcon to form up. Our color guard will lead the parade, which will start at 2pm.
Nov 14 2019
Sep 13 2019
2019 AL Family Relay for Life Team
Jun 18 2019
Jun 17 2019
A bill expanding membership eligibility for The American Legion passed on June 11 by unanimous consent in the Senate. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also known as the LEGION Act — is a bipartisan effort introduced by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
Because The American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The act expands membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II.
The LEGION Act was a focus of American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad’s Feb. 27 testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs. He called on Congress to take action amending the charter, thereby giving tens of thousands of veterans access to American Legion benefits and programs they are not currently eligible for.
“Nearly 1,600 brave American men and women were killed or wounded since World War II, while defending our nation during times not officially recognized as periods of war by the U.S. government,” American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad said during his testimony. “These veterans are unable to receive some of the benefits and recognition available to their counterparts who served during official wartime periods."
When the LEGION Act was introduced Feb. 14 in the Senate, Sinema said, “The American Legion provides critical resources to our veterans, but currently, only veterans who served during formally recognized conflicts can belong to the Legion. That restriction leaves out thousands of former American servicemembers who signed up to defend our country. Our legislation rights this wrong and ensures veterans have the opportunity to join the American Legion.”
May 31 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the American Legion Post 85 Scholarship awards. Commander Rick Hals, 2nd Vice Commander Ron Rollins and Chaplain Jim Johnson are pictured presenting the awards to Lilly Kopecky and Andrew Osland. Award winner Cleveland Swan Jr is not pictured. Each winner will receive $1000.
Mar 4 2019
Tuesday, March 5th at 2:30 pm in Capitol 120, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will be hearing HF 204 & HF 205. Combined these two bills would accomplish the CTF’s top priority in keeping surviving spouses in their homes by eliminating the 8 year limit, make the benefit transferable one time to a new home, and move the due date for the application of the exclusion.
Attendance has been way down this year at the committees but I am hoping we can get a crowd together for this hearing. I have lined up three surviving spouses to testify and it would be great if your organizations could be there to lend your support. I plan to leave the Veterans Services Bldg. at 1:45pm and all are welcome to join me on a walk over through the tunnels.
Please spread the word and lets fill the room with hats for the surviving spouses who have given so much. Hope to see you all Tuesday.
Feel free to forward this message as you see fit. Questions can be sent to Trent@davmn.org
Oct 17 2018
Message from the American Legion National Commander