Tag: American Legion Post 584

Warrior Hike Comes to Big Bear

Big Bear, CA, May 2, 2015 – In 2012, two veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Their mission: to raise money by holding fundraisers and collecting donations at VFW Posts in trail towns along the way. By the time their hike ended in Maine, they had stopped at nearly 40 Posts and raised $48,500 which was all donated toward adaptive vehicles for amputee vets. Astounded by the therapeutic results they experienced, they came to believe the hike could offer veterans diagnosed with PTSD the same benefit and so they created the Warrior Hike Program to literally ‘walk off the war’. In 2013, Warrior Hike sponsored 14 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who hiked the trail. Sean Gobin, who runs the program stated, “The process of hiking eight hours a day for six months forces you to think and reflect. The hikers watched each other process their own experiences and helped each other along the way. They witnessed a change in themselves and each other.” Last spring 4 hikers took on the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail which included a stop in Big Bear. This year 6 Warriors will be making the hike from Mexico to Canada. Every VFW Post they visit offers immense support, providing the veterans much needed rest as well as home cooked meals and clean sheets. But more...

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Vietnam Veterans’ National Day Of Recognition

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 28, 2013 – American Legion Post 584 will “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” on Saturday, March 30. The post, at 41606 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, will put out a food spread at 3 p.m. for all veterans who served in Vietnam. Interim Commander Bill Wilson said the post celebrates the national day of recognition and looks forward to meeting Big Bear Valley’s many Vietnam-era veterans. The American Legion hopes all Vietnam veterans will stop by and see how their local American Legion can be a part of their lives after service to our...

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Wounded Warriors Highlighted Annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 18, 2012, 6am – A contingent of wounded Marines highlighted American Legion Post 584’s Veterans’ Day Memorial at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center on Sunday, November 11 at 11:11am. About 200 residents, many of them veterans, celebrated America’s military men and women who faithfully served the nation since the First World War, up to and including the wars in Iraq and currently Afghanistan. Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Jay Obernolte delivered a keynote perspective and salute to our nation’s military, joining American Legion Post Commander Bruce Scott, who encouraged the audience to talk to veterans about their experiences serving their country. Heartfelt letters from children written to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan were read, and a stirring invocation about veterans past and present was delivered by the chaplain. James Weinheimer, coordinator of the Mountain Area Tea Party, praised Big Bear residents for again warmly welcoming the Warrior Foundation’s annual visit to the Valley, and the Moose Lodge for hosting a dinner for dozens of wounded warriors and their families. Glenna Schmidt, vice president of Freedom Station, a component of the Warrior Foundation, thanked everyone for participating in the Veterans’ Day ceremony and for supporting the Foundation’s construction of a facility to house wounded warriors and their families. Following the memorial, the American Legion hosted a chili lunch for the warriors, their families...

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American Legion Post 584 Hosts Welcome Home for Vietnam Veterans

Big Bear, CA, March 28, 2012, 12:00 noon – Vietnam veterans will receive another “Welcome Home” this Friday, March 30th at 5 pm at the Big Bear American Legion Post 584 located at 41606 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake.  For the third consecutive year, the Legion invites all Vietnam veterans and their families to visit Post 584 and meet with fellow veterans who make the Big Bear Valley their home.  In 2010, California first officially recognized the historic date marking Vietnam veterans’ return from Southeast Asia; similar events recognizing military service in Vietnam are held now throughout the country.  Bill Wilson, local Post 584 commander, said this year’s welcome will be a casual occasion where veterans of all services and eras can share camaraderie for those who served in Vietnam.  For more information, contact the American Legion at 866-4845. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/Vietnam-Vets-Welcome-Home.mp3|titles=Vietnam Vets Welcome...

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