Kansas American Legion chapter holds charity poker tournament

For the second year in a row, the American Legion (AL) Post 19 of Gardner, KS will host a poker fundraiser to benefit the military veteran homeless.  The initiative, part of the Veterans Community Project (VCP) has already raised $6,200, with donations coming in from area businesses and non-profits.  Raffles, including a 50/50 raffle, and cash prizes will be awarded.

The VCP works to provide transitional housing and assistance to US military veterans.  It also offers service solutions that help veterans return to civilian life after their military careers have ended.  The group hopes to be able to use their plans to launch similar operations around the country in the near future. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the VCP. 

The AL is an organization that goes back to 1919, and was actually created on foreign soil.  It was formed by three officers of the American Expeditionary Forced in Paris, France in March of that year.  It was chartered by the US Congress six months later, and currently counts on more than 2.4 million members to support its causes.  The AL focuses almost exclusively on helping servicemembers make a safe transition from the military to the civilian sector.  It provides assistance to Veterans Administration hospitals and also serves as a political lobbyist, bringing attention to veterans issues such as pensions and healthcare.  It is responsible for the creation in 1944 of what is now known as the GI Bill.

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