Commander’s Call

By | June 9, 2018 8:49 am

This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.

D-DAY REMEMBERED: June 6 was the 74th anniversary of D-Day.   This was a time when the ‘greatest generation’ answered the call to defeat tyranny thousands of miles away. I have had the privilege of meeting a number of men who served during World War II. Each one has a unique story to tell specific to their mission. The words that are forever branded in my memory are the words of an army soldier who liberated Auschwitz concentration camp. With purpose and emphasis, he made sure that I was paying attention, “Don’t ever, evER, EVER let anyone tell you that it didn’t happen! I can still smell the stench that we experienced from miles away from the camp.” Millions died to defeat hatred and malice. May we never forget the cost of freedom. May we never forget the evil that man can perpetrate on another man.

PTSD Awareness Month: After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts, and feelings don’t go away – even months or years after the event is over. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, it is important to seek help to determine if PTSD is present

The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD and effective treatments. We can all help those affected by PTSD. [www.ptsd.va.gov]

Contact PTSD information voice mail at (802) 296-6300 or ncptsd@va.gov

FLAG ETIQUETTE: Over time, American flags that are displayed outdoors become frayed an unserviceable. These flags should be removed from service and disposed of in a dignified manner by burning. The American Legion is scheduling a flag ceremony to retire these flags with honor. If you have a flag that you would like to dispose of properly, contact the American Legion at (931) 686-6325.

VETERAN RESOURCES: It is difficult to comprehend, but there are veterans who are in need of shelter, clothing, and food. There are a variety of local resources to assist Van Buren veterans. If you know of a veteran in need, please contact Hansel Moore, at (440) 361-0346.

AMERICAN LEGION POST MEETING: Fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. (Next meeting is June 28.) The post is located at 158 Spring St., in Spencer. All Veterans are welcome to attend.

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