Keep the Donations Coming!

Legionnaires,

I received a letter this morning from Clifford Barnes, the Commander of the Sgt. James W, Allen Chapter 219, Disabled American Veterans thanking us for the donations that were made on behalf of the Patrick Henry Chapter SAR and the American Legion Travis Post 76.  These donations come straight from caring members like YOU!  Please keep them coming – they do make a difference!

 

 

Veteran Help Request in Steiner Ranch

Post 76, I want to share another story with you about how we are providing a hand up – and if you are in Steiner Ranch you may be able to help more. 
 
Post 9/11 Air Force Veteran CP reached out to the Post after a series of family emergencies (including emergency brain tumor surgery for her husband, foot surgery for her daughter and needing to care for an elderly parent) drained their savings and required her to take time off without pay, and had them struggling. The Post assisted with catching up on some past due bills, got a creditor to waive some late fees, and other groups such as Texas Centerpoint helped out as well.  Her request for Temporary Financial Assistance from American Legion HQ is still pending – but things are looking up. 
 
If you are in Steiner Ranch and are perhaps able to help out with watching an elementary school child after school for a few weeks please reach out to me and I will connect you with the Veteran to talk more. 
 
Even if you are not in Steiner Ranch, thank you for being part of Post 76.  Your membership in the Legion contributes both financially and to the strength of our reputation – which helps us bargain on behalf of our brothers and sisters.  
 
Legionnaire Brad, Post 76 Service Officer (LegionnaireBrad@gmail.com)  

Christmas Gift Program with the VA Outpatient Clinic

Legionnaires!  Please join us in supporting fellow Veterans in need! This year our Post will be participating in the Christmas Gift Program with the VA Outpatient Clinic here in Austin. 
 
They have asked for gender neutral items to be handed to the veterans at a refreshment table at the clinic the week prior to Christmas.  Last year they handed out over 700 gifts and it’s a great chance to let other Veterans know we care – and about our Post! 
 
You can donate a gift either wrapped or unwrapped. My request is that either way you include a card or note and sign it with your name and “American Legion Post 76”-its a small gesture to let Vets know the Legion is looking out for our brothers and sisters. If you wrap your own gifts, please indicate for the Voluntary Service Staff if the gift if for a male or female.  Here is a listing of some of the items that can be used for gifts:

Mittens/gloves, Scarves, Beanies

Socks (new unopened packages – normally athletic socks)

Wallets

Bracelets

Combs/Brushes

Writing Stationary

CDs/DVDs

Please plan to bring your gift to the December Post social meeting.  Thank you for continuing to serve!

Legionnaire Brad – Travis Post 76 Service Officer

 
 

Helping Veterans in Need

Post 76,

With the approval of the Post Executive Committee it is my intent to share how we provide direct assistance to fellow Veterans in need. In order to respect those Veterans privacy I am going to use their initials.

On August 26th the Post received a request for assistance from Army Veteran JB. JB and his daughter has left an unhealthy family environment in the Houston area and needed assistance with a place to stay until additional funds arrived on Monday. Our Post assisted the Veteran with temporary housing for the weekend and followed up with JB over the days that followed in order to ensure he was seen at the VA Outpatient Clinic. Post 447 also assisted with temporary housing and Post 83 staff have offered assistance with permanent housing as well.

It’s part of what the Legion is all about – Veterans helping Veterans with a hand up and I’m honored to have been that hand for our Post.

Legionnaire Brad – Travis Post 76 Service Officer

First Rifle Team Meet of 2017

This past weekend Past Department of Texas Commander Walter Ivie began teaching a new class of juniors the basic elements of gun safety, education, enjoyment and competition the in the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program.   Please click on the picture below for more images from this day of fun.  If you know someone that would enjoy this class please let us know!

Officer Induction Ceremony

On July 27th, Travis Post 76 along with our State Commander John Hince, swore in the Post officers for 2017-2018.  Please click on the image below for more pictures from our event:

Your Travis Post 76 Officers for 2017-18 are:

Commander: Wayne Courreges

1st Vice Commander: Derek Israel

2nd Vice Commander: Sean Bridwell

Adjutant: Walter Ivie

Finance Officer: Clayton Griffis

Chaplain: Tom Bodine

Judge Advocate: Lisa Cole (additional duty:  Membership)

Historian: Johnny Irvin (additional duty:  Post Newsletter)

Service Officer: Brad Houston

Sergeant-at-Arms: Ron Roy

2017-2018 Executive Committee Members

Ken Tooke           Steve Burke        George Ruiz

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