By Jayson Knight
Tuttle’s Rooker-Wallace American Legion Post 176 is going to have a dinner at the Legion Hall, located at 101 South Cimarron Road in Tuttle, on the 22nd of July at 5:30 in the afternoon. All American Legion members and their families are welcome to attend, and so are any veterans who might be interested in joining the Legion.
Tuttle’s Legion Commander Jim King said Monday that, on paper, Post 176 has at least 60 members, but only about 20 are active with community efforts and regular meetings, which are held every other Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Thursday, July 20.
“We would love to see more of our members at the dinner,” King said. “We’d like to see more folks join too. The American Legion is good for everybody. The American Legion does a lot of work for vets that people don’t even have a clue about. They’re known for helping people with disabilities, and we have a guy there at the Legion Hall on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., who helps people with their problems, whether it’s trying to get disability payments, health-related issues sorted, or anything that pertains to veteran care.”
Commander King wants to remind women veterans that they are welcome as well.
“We welcome anybody to come by,” he said, “and just see what’s going on. We’re not going to hold anybody’s feet to the fire. We’re not going to bother you as soon as you walk in until you join. That’s not going to happen. You want to join, you’re more than welcome to, but you need to at least come and see what’s going on. It’s an organization for men and women that are veterans. It’s not just for men. It’s for women vets too. We do have four women that are members of the Legion now. It’s just a good opportunity for veterans to get some benefits and to learn about what can be done for them.”