American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger recently visited the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Knox, Ky., where he presented a theater- sized industrial popcorn maker and accessories courtesy of Operation Comfort Warriors.
About 330 wounded, injured or ill troops and their families access the Soldiers and Family Assistance Center (S-FAC), where the donation will be kept.
"Without funding, we are at the mercy of our donors. The American Legion has really poured their heart out," said Isadora Ewing, the Ft. Knox S- FAC director. "Popcorn is one of the snacks we like to offer soldiers, spouses and their children. This is attractive to the cadre as well."
The donation was the latest in a series of morale-boosting gifts and recreational equipment that OCW has provided to Ft. Knox over the last several years. That support, Dellinger promises,will continue.
"We want to make sure you have what you need," he told Ewing during the presentation. "If there is anything that you need, let me know about it."
A project underway at Fort Knox by The American Legion Department of Kentucky is the conversion of the St. George House – a former VIP quarters – into a lodge for family members of the wounded servicemembers to stay while visiting.
"The St. George House was being used primarily for storage and was scheduled for demolition," said Dr. Peter Trzop, public relations and legislative director for the Department of Kentucky. "We've been raising funds, including a $5,500 grant from Home Depot, to provide a place for visiting families to stay at no cost to them. We hope to have it completed this year."