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Veterans Day Campaign

Veterans Day Campaign

Dear Legionnaire,

We have two weeks until Veterans Day on November 11th, 2022. As we approach November, the community will embrace the Marine Corps birthday as well. The Navy birthday just passed recently, and we continue to show our pride in being veterans. This Veteran’s Day Memorial has been very slow and not as engaged like last year. I challenge you to spread the word and support our veterans in need of emergency assistance with the Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund. We have currently raised around $7,000 and the goal was $25,000. Thank you to the current donors who have taken the time to go above and beyond.

Recently we had the opportunity to help a senior veteran whose car broke down on the way to a Veterans Affairs appointment. The Veteran didn’t have a cellular phone and a friendly bystander helped the Vietnam veteran by contacting me. I was able to get a Marine Corps owned tow truck company to get it to a mechanic we typically use for our veterans. I called a Lyft and had the veteran transported to the VA CBOC in Santa Ana from Costa Mesa. I called the VA in Santa Ana and talked with the front office and explained his dilemma. His appointment was rescheduled 90 minutes later and we assisted with the auto repair. The Lyft was $20.18, and the auto repair was $296.82. This veteran earned this support and the VEAF helped this decorated veteran at a time of need. This is the impact of the VEAF. This polite, tough, and humble veteran is on a fixed income and has a limited family to rely on. The American Legion Post 291 was able to provide that support because of the generosity of our amazing donors.

The Service Officer continues to be active in the community and supports all members of the Post. Issues such as burial benefits, spousal benefits, DD-214’s, housing navigation, legal referrals, food, gas, and disability compensations are responded to daily. If you have any questions, please contact me, Cory Vigil – Service Officer, at 714-643-3854. The American Legion in Newport Beach is the largest Post in Southern California.  With over 4000 Legionnaires, the Post is very visible in Orange County and has become an important resource for veterans and military families looking for financial assistance.  AL291 started the Veteran Emergency Assistance Fund (VEAF) to help all Orange County veterans.  The VEAF has become the most flexible and fastest responding tool to veterans in a crisis.  Recently, our current needs have been gas and food cards. As our Veteran’s Day Campaign continues through Veteran’s Day, please keep in mind that some of our brothers and sisters continue to recover from the pandemic. The VEAF has become a lifeline thanks to your generous support.

Please consider a donation this Veterans Day to the VEAF Veterans Day campaign and allow AL291 to continue this essential mission.  Make your donation by credit card or check.  Make it a monthly donation or honor a veteran by name with a donation.  Every dollar donated to the VEAF will be used exclusively for our local veterans and will not be used for any other purpose. 


We are grateful for your support,

Cory Vigil
U.S. Navy, Operation Iraqi Freedom
The American Legion Post 291 Service Officer