NV American Legion Post 76 - Spirit of Freedom

We serve the Western and Northwestern 
areas of Las Vegas, Nevada

Post 76 Las Vegas, NV, Nevada


ABOUT THIS POST

                                              CHARTER DATE: September 28, 1994

Post 76 was first Charted in 1994, and is one of  the many American legion post in Nevada. We are based in Las Vegas. Our meetings are generally held on the third Sunday of the month.


Welcome to the official website for American Legion Post 76 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The purpose of this site is to present information for local veterans [of all eras] and their families, along with information which can be of use to veterans around the U.S.  We will offer the ability to view our  newsletter online, list local and national resources, and list events that  Post 76 is involved with.


The links above will take you to the various partitions of this site. We will update information when appropriate and add more when we have more.  We intend this site to be easy to use, and full of useful or interesting facts.  Visit the pages in this site to see what help is available in Nevada, what events are upcoming in Las Vegas and around the country, and what the American Legion Post 76 is all about.


YOUR POST 76 OFFICERS


COMMANDER Joel Forman

Phone: (702) 360-5833

akan01@centurylink.net

ADJUTANT

Stephen Daugherty
Phone (702) 445-7988
stevedaugh@aol.com

1st VICE CMDR. Mike Percival

Phone: (702) 534-1667

mgpercival7@gmail.com

2nd VICE CMDR.  Jeff White

Phone: (702) 445-7988

jwhite140@cox.net

SERVICE OFFICER Frank Timbers

Phone: (702) 228-0889

frankt3755@gmail.com

FINANCE OFFICER Stuart Cohen

Phone: (702) 673-0613

Stu32usa@gmail.com

CHAPLAIN Bob Martin

Phone: (702) 375-4579

bob875m@yahoo.com

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Andy Agan

Phone: (702) 242-0602

aaganjr@aol.com

HISTORIAN Evie Hallas

Phone: (702) 255-9995


TRUSTEES:


Bob Jagemann (702) 476-4230

bobjagemann@aol.com

Jack Ford (702) 228-4810

acchief@aol.com

Marvin Morgenthal (702) 395-9874

nevadamarv@aol.com


Contact Us:


American Legion

Spirit of Freedom

Nevada Post 76

P.O. Box 34012

Las Vegas, NV 89133

Email: nvpost76@gmail.com

Upcoming events for post 76


 

E-Board Meeting January 8, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETINGJanuary 18, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

E-Board Meeting February 12, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETINGFebruary 15, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

DISTRICT 2 Meeting 10:00 am on Saturday, March 7, 2015

[ Post 10 — 1905 "H" Street, Las Vegas, NV 89106]

E-Board MeetingMarch 12, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETINGMarch 15, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

E-Board Meeting — April 9, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.

GENERAL MEETING — April 19, 2015, 1:30 pm at Durango Hills YMCA

E-Board Meeting — May 14, 2015, 4:30 pm at the Summerlin Trails Center.


American Legion Post 76 General Meeting_3

Post 76 Legionnaires: This is to remind you that there is a General Meeting soon on Sunday, April 19th at 1:30 PM. It's still at the Durango Hills YMCA at 3521 Durango Dr. 

This is a very special meeting for several reasons.  We will be holding the election for the new slate of officers to lead your Post 76 for the next year. We have the Department of Nevada Commander, Mitch Roach, attending to administer the oaths of office for  the newly elected officers. 

We also have a special presentation from State of Nevada's  Aging and Disability Services Division to provide information on Medicare fraud issues and prevention. Lori Powers is the Outreach Coordinator and promises to give us a stirring message.

We also have a celebration planned to mark a membership milestone, having reached 100% of the Post 76 goal for paid members for the 2015 dues year.

Of course, this is a great time to meet your fellow Legionnaires and enjoy the camaraderie of all the service men and women with whom we all share a special bond. There'll be a celebration cake and lots of light refreshments after the meeting to allow time for catching up.  See you there!

Stephen Daugherty

Adjutant

(253) 691-0617

PAST SPEAKERS & UPCOMING SPEAKERS


Post 76 Guest Speaker Program

We encourage you to come to our regular monthly meetings to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow Legionnaires. We have a guest speaker at every meeting, and he/she is sure to capture your interest with the varied topics they present. A sampling of past speakers who have shared their experiences with us are:


a. Joanna Harrison

a representative from the Clark County Veterans Court. She is the Las Vegas Justice Court Coordinator for veterans and active duty personnel who enter the Clark County judicial system.  She is a former military wife who understands the issues veterans and their families face.  She recently helped create the LVJC Veterans Treatment court and seeks support from the community to actively assist veterans and their families. She and her staff intervene in the Clark County justice system when a veteran is involved and who might respond to certain professional rehabilitation procedures. The rules are strict and veterans in the program must meet stringent requirements to complete it and have their records expunged. Great advantages for veterans affected by the emotional trauma of being in war-related areas and scenarios. Judge Joe Bonaventure, who was recently selected as Chief Judge of Las Vegas Justice Court, accompanied Ms.Harrison and spoke briefly to the members about the advantages of the Veterans Court. 


b. Donna Forman

is the owner of and Janet Edberg is the dog trainer for Pets for Vets, a service that pairs dogs with Veterans for physical or mental disabilities and also for children of Vets, especially for PTSD sufferers. They train the dogs to notice when owners are not relaxed by sensing their anxiety levels and helping them relax and enjoy a more normal life, going outside, etc. They train only dogs, which requires funding to operate. At first they are companion dogs--not service dogs; there is a process involved to further the training of dogs. A Veteran is given the dog, training for him/her, a bed, and 1 month food supply at no cost. Pets4Vets pays for everything.

PTSD dogs, after training, are allowed to go anywhere (do need a doctor’s note). It is proven that having a dog lowers blood pressure; it is a wonderful service for our Veterans.

There is usually a waiting list with a 6-week training course required per dog/person. Under Federal law there is a timeframe for training, which is up to the trainer, for public service dogs; all that’s required is 1 full task to assist--Janet has a minimum of 5 tasks.

VA Hospital can ask for certification of completion of training to have dog in facilities; unfortunately it is very hard to distinguish between real and fake service dogs. The ADA does not specify training certificates.


c. Victor Agtonton,

 VA Special Programs Section, Agent Orange Point-of-Contact

-- Explained process by which veterans can make Agent Orange-related claims.

-- Noted that there are 14 specific medical maladies that are connected with Agent Orange exposure.

-- Provided explanation of all areas, besides boots-on-the-ground in Vietnam, that the VA recognizes as potential for exposure.

-- Provided brochures for information, points-of-contact and claims procedures.


d. Ashley Gordon

 United Healthcare/Tricare Representative for Nevada.

-- New to Las Vegas, came from Hill AFB, UT

-- Explained the difference between Tricare Standard and Prime

-- Provided brochures for info and enrollment

-- Explained the differences in pharmacy services from receiving prescriptions at Nellis AFB versus CVS/Target, etc. Also included information on home delivery and the benefits of utilizing that service.

-- Went over Tricare for Life and connection to Medicare Parts A & B.


e. Bob Donaghy,

 who is a Legion member of Post 40, a Legion Rider, a Road Captain of Nevada Patriot Guard, as well as a great guy presented details of his involvement with Horses4Heroes. This is program to help vets deal with mental issues such as PTSD. The alarming suicide rate among all ages of active, retired, and discharged military stoked Mr. Donaghy’s fervor to help those afflicted with this insidious impairment. He actively seeks patients who have PTSD symptoms, and their families, to get into the program and experience the healing effects that can come from being closely involved with horses.


f. Alvin Cuasay

who is a representative of Goodwill Industries, addressed members on his involvement with Goodwill’s Career Connections program. Mr. Cuasay, who is a retired Navy veteran, provided much interesting detail on how his group can assist veterans in transitioning from a military culture to a civilian culture, where job prospects are to be found. His services extend to active duty and retired military and their families.

We strive to have guest speakers that cater to the interests and needs of our members. In the near future we will have an Outreach Coordinator from the State of Nevada, Aging and Disability Services Division to provide information on recognizing and dealing with Medicare and Social Security fraud.


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Tuesday, May 5 at 6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday, May 7 at 8:40 AM - 9:40 AM
Friday, May 8 All Day
Thursday, May 14 at 8:40 AM - 9:40 AM

POST NAMESAKE:


The membership came up with the name "Spirit of Freedom". It went well with our number 76. It would also reflect upon the freedom gained from the 1776 Government of the King of England, who would not allow the "Second class citizens" of the Colonies to be considered equal to those living in England.


Our logo apply our Post number and name, showing who we are and what we sand for.
With this magnanimous donation of several hundred dollars, we were able to move forward with our endeavor. The design artist was given the following facts:


1. Our number and it's reference to the 1776 era.


2. The Minute Man soldier with rifle, representing the citizen, the veteran soldier, always ready to defend our country and protect our freedoms.


3. That we are members of the American Legion.


4. That we are a Nevada Post, the State should be represented as well as Las Vegas.


5. The designer included in his first draft, the State motto, "Battle Born."


6. We wanted 13 stars, to represent the original States. No matter how hard he tried, the artist could not do this one without the start looking like dots. We had to settle for 11 stars including the one marking the
City of Las Vegas, for the representation. Since we began in the 9th month and have 11 stars - does that make us the first 9/11 Post?

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