Bacon: American Legion celebrates 100th anniversary

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Friday, August 2, 2019

This year, the American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the nation’s premier veteran organization focused on serving veterans, active service members and local communities. This anniversary is a good reminder that we are called to help, serve and care for the service members who protect our freedom.

Indiana is home to almost 500,000 veterans who all face different challenges, from multiple deployments separating family members to recovering from the mental and physical hardships of military service. The American Legion plays a crucial role in providing services and support to these veterans as well as the greater community. Today, the American Legion’s numbers have grown to more than 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide.

To encourage veterans to live, work and retire in Indiana, the Indiana General Assembly passed a new law that will phase in an income tax exemption for military retirement pensions and increase property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities. Veterans are skilled workers who can contribute to our economy, and we want them to know that Indiana welcomes their much-needed talents. This law will help incentivize veterans to make their home in Indiana, and it will stimulate our economy and grow communities.

On August 3, I joined members of American Legion Kapperman Post 44 in Newburgh to celebrate this momentous occasion. Post 44 is currently working on a number of initiatives including veteran job training, scouting, and community police, hospital, education and scholarship programs. They are always looking for new members and to connect with the local community so please stop by to see how you can volunteer or help support their cause.

The American Legion cannot do this essential work alone. All of us are called to serve our country in a variety of ways. One way we can do this is by helping our veterans and service members. I am proud to support the American Legion’s legacy and vision to aid our service members, veterans and local community.

We all know someone who served or is serving our country in the armed forces, so please take the time to thank them for their service, and consider supporting your local American Legion.

As always, contact my office with any questions or input at 317-232-9643 or h75@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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