Legion to sponsor Warrior Appreciation Night

Legion to sponsor Warrior Appreciation Night

The American Legion is the presenting sponsor of the sixth annual Warrior Appreciation Night (WAN) on Jan. 17, a premier event held during the week of the "SHOT Show" (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show) in Las Vegas.

The event will give attendees and invited guests of the National Shooting Sports Foundation "SHOT Show" the opportunity to reflect and honor their fallen brethren, veterans and law enforcement officers with special guests, decorated warriors and Medal of Honor recipients. WAN is expecting 800 participants to attend the 2013 event; the previous one had more than 500 in attendance.

"The American Legion is dedicated to serving veterans, past, present and future," said Daniel S. Wheeler, national adjutant of The American Legion. "The Warrior Appreciation Night is a great way to acknowledge and honor our heroes — those who have served and those currently serving to protect our nation and the communities where we live. The American Legion is truly honored to be the presenting sponsor of Warrior Appreciation Night."

The trade show is also an opportunity to raise funds for The American Legion and seven other veterans charities organizations.

One example is an online raffle by Patriot Promotions, which will donate a portion of proceeds to The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program. All donations to OCW go toward purchasing items for wounded servicemen and women that are not generally supplied by the federal government. Such items include loose-fitting sweatsuits for burn victims, exercise equipment and entertainment in the form of DVDs, CDs and gift cards.

The raffle is hosted by the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) on its website at www.uspsa.org/warrior. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and legally allowed to possess a firearm. You don’t need to be present to win.

During the event, veterans such as actor Michael Gregory will emcee the entertainment portion along with veteran comedians and DJs from "Vets on Radio." Fundraising will be intermixed in the form of live and silent auctions with a variety of items to bid on, including custom firearms and accessories, sports, entertainment and military memorabilia, training courses and more.

Please contact Jill Trammell of Patriot Promotions at 239-273-4783 to arrange for exclusive interviews and video coverage or Scott Miller from The American Legion at 317-860-3020 to talk about the Legion’s involvement in WAN.

For additional information and updates, please visit www.warriorappreciationnight.com.

For more information about the USPSA online raffle, please visit www.uspsa.com.

For more information about Operation Comfort Warriors, please visit www.legion.org/OCW.