August Mattson Legion Post #71
American Legion, Son's and Women's Auxiliary Post #71 Maintain Medical Loan Closet Inspired by a need to help local Veterans and the elderly of the community for over 40 years the August Mattson Legion post #71 of Gladstone has maintained a Medical Loan Closet.
For those in need of medical equipment such as shower chairs, walkers, canes, commodes, transfer benches and wheelchairs, the Legion will provide the item on loan for as long as it is needed, at No Cost. The Caretaker of the Loan Closet is Son's member and Sargent at Arms Tony Sustarich. Tony says “Typically the loan closet receives donated equipment from people who no longer need it. I will then clean and check the equipment and make it available to another person. The equipment may be loaned out for a set period of time, for as long as the person needs it or, in some cases it may be given away. When the equipment is returned, it is cleaned again and checked for safety and is then made available for the next person. Our Medical Loan Closet allows you to borrow and test wheelchairs, walkers, and a variety of other adaptive devices on a short-term basis. Borrowing equipment can help you select the best option before purchasing your own equipment. It also fills the gap during temporary periods of need”. All we requires is that the borrower sign a paper stating what they are borrowing. All of the Legion's equipment has been donated by individuals in our community. This program would not exist without the donation of gently used equipment and monetary donations for repairs.
The Sons of the American Legion was founded for preserving the American Legion traditions and programs while improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Photo Caption Tony Sustarich receiving Flip Flops and other Medical supplies for The Gladstone Legion Medical Loan Closet
Contact; John Pickard, Adjutant Squad #71 August Mattson Sons of the American Legion 906-428-1920
Sons National Commander Danny Smith in Hawaii.
Today was truly a humbling experience and one that I will never forget. It was an honor to be able to represent the nearly 370,000 male descendants of the Veterans of the Great Wars at several Pearl Harbor Memorials. As Sons of The American Legion it is our duty to ensure all Veterans are provided the benefits promised, to pay tribute to those that have served and remember those that gave unselfishly of themselves. Some never returned home, and today we as an organization paid our respects to those that were casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor. God bless all of them, may they rest in peace.
Since 1932 the Sons of The American Legion has pledged to support the programs and goals of the world’s greatest veterans organization. I am proud of the membership efforts of the Sons this year. While we surpassed last year’s membership numbers, we are not going to let our foot off the gas and we will continue our recruitment, retention and squadron revitalization efforts.
But I would also like us to dedicate the rest of June to supporting another vital endeavor of The American Legion – helping it pass its membership goal for 2017. As of last week, the Legion is still about 87,000 members short of this goal.
Many of us have had a Legionnaire or wartime veteran parent, grandparent or great grandparent move on to Post Everlasting. What better way to honor his or her legacy then for us to recruit another wartime veteran to fill those shoes in The American Legion?
If each SAL detachment can put out maximum effort and recruit or renew 1,600 veterans to the Legion, we can put it over the top.
Legionnaires have given us so much. They gifted our country with outstanding programs and advocacy. They are responsible for our freedom and American way of life. Helping The American Legion grow is just another way that we can say "thank you."
The 2017 membership year is winding down quickly. This goal may seem unrealistic to some. But think of another "unrealistic" goal set 55 years ago by one of those now departed Legionnaires.
In his famous moon speech, John F. Kennedy chose some much more imposing goals "not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win..."
Let’s get another win for The American Legion.