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MAY 18, 2012 TROOP SUPPORT GPS for Troops continues to deliver Program has shipped more than 500 GPS units to U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. SCHOLARSHIPS


Samsung deadline approaching


Now that May is upon us, the Samsung


American Legion Scholarship application deadline is quickly approaching. Eligible students must submit an application, available online, either upon arrival to or aſt er participation in an American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State program. T e two programs get under way on May 26. T e Samsung scholarship is available for high


school juniors who complete the Boys State or Girls State program and are direct descendants (or legally adopted children) of wartime veterans eligible for Legion membership. T e scholarship awards up to $20,000 for undergraduate studies (e.g., room and board, tuition and books), and each applicant is selected according to his or her school and community activities, academic record and fi nancial need. Students who qualify for and are interested in


Minnesota Legionnaire Ed Meyer


started GPS for Troops in 2005 when a former student of his, preparing for a deployment to Iraq, asked Meyer which GPS unit would be best to take on the deployment. Meyer, shocked to fi nd out that the Department of Defense was providing only one GPS device per unit, decided that wasn’t good enough. Since that time, Meyer’s GPS for


Troops program – through St. Augusta Legion Post and Auxil- iary Unit 621 in Minnesota – has shipped more than 500 GPS units to U.S. servicemembers who served in Iraq, or did or currently still do so in Afghanistan. “I never thought it would get this


big,” said Meyer, an Army veteran and retired schoolteacher. “We just saw an opportunity to do something for our troops, and it’s sort of grown from there. It’s a cause people want to support.” T rough an arrangement with


Lowrance Electronics, Meyer is able to purchase the GPS units for almost one-third of the normal $300 price


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Roderick A. Devison Fairmont, W.Va. Roderick A. Devison of Post 17 (Department of


West Virginia) passed away April 12 at age 91. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Devison served as department commander


from 1977 to 1978. He was a member of the National Law & Order Advisory Committee Advisory Board from 1978 to 1979.


Daniel E. Hamre Springfi eld, Mass. Daniel E. Hamre of Post 430 (Department of


Massachusetts) passed away April 2 at age 56. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran.


Mr. Hamre served as National Americanism Council vice chairman from 2011 to 2012.


Russell W. Peck Jr. Jackson, Wis. Russell W. Peck Jr. of Post 1 (Department of


Wisconsin) passed away April 24 at age 63. He was a Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Peck served as department commander


from 1992 to 1993, department adjutant from 1997 to 2002 and National Distinguished Guests Committee vice chairman from 1990 to 1993. He was a member of the National Convention Commission Advisory Board from 2000 to 2001 and the National Legislative Commission


from 1993 to 1997.


J. Peter Stoner New Paltz, N.Y. J. Peter Stoner of Post 859 (Department of New


York) passed away April 22 at age 80. He was a Korean War Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Stoner served as National Americanism Council vice chairman from 1992 to 2007.


Paul J. Petersen Rogers, Minn. Paul J. Petersen of Post 600 (Department of Minnesota) passed away Oct. 27 at age 69.


He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. Mr. Petersen served as National


Distinguished Guests Committee vice chairman from 1998 to 2001 and 2005 to 2010.


Timothy F. Sullivan Norwood, Mass. Timothy F. Sullivan of Post 18 (Department


of Massachusetts) passed away April 9 at age 90. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran. Mr. Sullivan served as National & Homeland Security Council vice chairman from 1995 to 2012.


tag. T e units come complete with a microchip to download encrypted, detailed mapping of Afghanistan. “Lowrance has really taken a hold


of this project,” Meyer said. “And because they off er us such a discount, that’s why we prefer people donating to the project, rather than purchasing the GPS units on their own and then donating them to us. We can get three for the price of one because of Lowrance.” Word of the program has spread


over the years, to the point where other posts and groups across the country are conducting fundraisers for GPS for Troops. “T ere’s a need, and when people understand what that need is, they want to help,” Meyer said. “T ey know the need is there.” At Post 621, a wall has been set


aside to display pictures servicemem- bers have sent to Meyer of them using the GPS units. Meyer said the project has also gotten several written testimonials from service- members who have received a unit – and from members of their families:


“I got the GPS the other day & it


works perfectly in the area around Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. THANKS AGAIN!” – SGT. Donald Brown, Tupelo, MS


“Having the GPS unit would


allow myself and others in my vehicle get to a destination in any event. It is an assurance for us to know we would get to where we needed to be no matter what.” – SPC Douglas Androsky


“I think what y’all are doing is


great. As a Sgt. in the Marines it is really hard to get great gear to take to the forward line and complete the mission. I support you guys as much as you’re supporting us. T ank you. ” – Sgt. Patrick Poindexter USMC


“T ank you so much!! What a


thrill for us to know that he has the GPS. You have blessed a soldier and his parents!” – Rebecca


www.gpsfortroops.org


the Samsung scholarship should contact their Boys State or Girls State program director to determine the deadline and procedure for submitting an application. Applications submitted aſt er the specifi ed deadline will not be considered. Also, this year’s new and returning American


Legion Legacy Scholarship recipients recently were announced. Each will receive nearly $3,000 each. T e following is a list of the recipients: New recipients: Christina Beeler, Sparta, Wis. Daniel Bertolino, Murrieta, Calif. Stephen Bertolino Jr., Murrieta, Calif. Jessica Coleman, Yelm, Wash. Taylor B. Curry, APO AE (Italy) Tyler Hattamer, Gwinn, Mich. Olivia Murphy-Sweet, Mechanicsburg, Penn. Jessica Rogers, Hiawassee, Ga. Britnee VanVyve, Yucaipa, Calif. Returning recipients:


Alexander Bauer, Pipestone, Minn. Samuel Bauer, Pipestone, Minn. Chantel Jeff ries, Honolulu Sean McVey, Oak Hill, W.Va. Cecilia Rovinski, Monmouth, Ill. Timothy Stein, Colchester, Ill. Rochelle Wert, Kingsley, Mich. Eric Witt, Springfi eld, Ohio Eva Witt, Springfi eld, Ohio


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