American Legion, Army Reserve Partner to Support Soldiers

By Pickett, Craig | Army Reserve Magazine, December 1, 2006 | Go to article overview

American Legion, Army Reserve Partner to Support Soldiers


Pickett, Craig, Army Reserve Magazine


INDIANAPOLIS - The Army Reserve has a new partner in the Global War on Terrorism, the American Legion. Chief, Army Reserve, LTG Jack C. Stultz and the National Commander of the American Legion, Paul A. Morin sealed the deal during a signing ceremony at American Legion's National Headquarters.

The signing reaffirms both organizations' commitment to the American Soldier, their families and veterans alike. The memorandum of understanding allows for open communication between the two groups and encourages American Legion posts to get involved with their local reserve centers. Essentially it is an extension of reserve unit's family support groups.

"With over 14,000 American Legion posts located across America, we certainly have the infrastructure in place to assist the Army Reserve's goal of ongoing interaction with communities and organizations while providing support to the Army Reserve Soldiers being called to active duty and their families," said Morin.

"I applaud the American Legion for what they are doing," said Stultz. "The reserve component is a community based organization and we depend upon the community for support. That is why the support of the American Legion is critical to our success to sustain our armed forces."

When Array Reserve Soldiers are called to active duty, they may not have access to active duty programs such as Army Emergency Relief or Army Community Services. They have to rely on their family support group, which may or may not he local or even organized to a level where it can provide adequate support. This is where the American Legion can step in and help.

"We have a family support network already in place," said Morin. "We have an 800 number people can call and it will connect them with a local post where they can receive help."

Once connected with a local post, a spouse or Soldier can rely on Legionnaires to assist in any number of ways. It could be as simple as helping with yard work while a Soldier is deployed or involve more serious issues such as health or finances. …

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