American Legion Awards Grant to Serve our Willing Warrior Retreat

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Provided by American Legion Post 1799

American Legion Post 1799 in Haymarket has received a grant of $10,000 from the American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors program. This program supports wounded and disabled Veterans and their families at the Serve our Willing Warriors Warrior Retreat at Bull Run.  The American Legion will award the grant on March 23, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Retreat.

Overall, Post 1799 has secured $30,000 in American Legion grants from the Comfort Warrior Program. These grants have provided 15 hospitalized warriors and their families with one week of rest and recreation at The Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket. Legionnaire Tom Henning from Post 1799 applied for and obtained all the grants.

The award ceremony will be attended by the former National Commander of The American Legion, Brett Reistad, Dept. of Virginia Commander Bill Feasenmyer, Adjutant Dale Chapman, 16th District Commander Terri Puckett, Post 1799 Commander David Revill, and members of Post 1799.

About Serve Our Willing Warriors

Serve Our Willing Warriors is a publicly funded, community-supported, nonprofit providing encouragement and support for our Nation’s Warriors through non-medical programs and services that positively affect their recovery.  Opened in July of 2015, the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run serves as a temporary home-away-from-home respite for recovering service members and their families. For more information about Serve our Willing Warriors, please visit willingwarriors.org/.

About the American Legion

Chartered by Congress in 1919, the American Legion is an organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.  It is 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. Membership is open to all currently active, as well as all honorably discharged former members of the U.S. military.

About American Legion Post 1799

American Legion Post 1799, named after the year of the chartering of the Town of Haymarket, was established in in 2005 to serve the veterans of our community and provide volunteer service to other area groups.

Over the past several years Post 1799 has provided a number of services to the Haymarket-Gainesville community, including:

  • Delivering books and magazines to the USAF 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • Awards for excellence in scholastic and military achievement to Battlefield High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets
  • Scholarships for boys and girls from Battlefield High School to attend Boys State and Girls State annual week-long civics and leadership programs at Radford and Longwood Universities
  • Assisting veterans with Veterans Administration claims processing
  • Providing donations to the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library
  • Providing active volunteers, flags, computers, donations, and voluntary service to the Serve our Willing Warriors Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket
  • Organizing a bi-annual American Red Cross blood drive
  • Participating in the annual Haymarket Day parade
  • Maintaining a section of Route 15 in Haymarket under the VDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program.

People who meet eligibility requirements are invited to join Post 1799. Visit alpost1799.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/alpost1799/ or email post1799@gmail.com.

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