I am a proud member of Post 107 in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. I wake up thankful every day for the generations before me who served this country and kept us safe. My grandfather, Richard Paige, served in the Navy during the Korean War and has been a member of The American Legion ever since. My younger brother, Scott, is a Sergeant (11B) in the Army currently on his second deployment to Afghanistan with the 173rd Infantry. Scott exemplifies what it means to be from the Volunteer State, and is a member of Post 107 too. Our family enjoys giving back to our community through the works of The American Legion because we have felt their generosity and sense of patriotism ever since I was a delegate to Boys State in 2002. In 2008, my education and my desire to serve my country culminated by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where I was soon deployed to Iraq as a lieutenant. I am now a captain in the U.S. Army looking forward to taking my first command this spring at Fort Bragg, N.C.
- Kevin Beavers