Commander’s Christmas Message
To Hospitalized Veterans
The American Legion completed its annual Christmas Tour on December 13. The tour covers over 1300 miles and takes seven days. The Tour visits fifteen Veterans Homes and Hospitals throughout the State of Pennsylvania.
These stops include:
Southwest State Veterans home Pittsburg
H.J Heinz III Progressive Care Center Pittsburg
Pennsylvania Soldiers & Sailors Home Erie
Hollidaysburg State Veterans Home
Wilkes Barre VAMC
Gino Merli State Veterans Home Scranton
Delaware Valley Veterans Home
Southeast State Veterans Home
At each location the Legion party visits each resident wishes them a very Merry Christmas and presents them with a book worth $10.00 to be used at their individual canteens. We visit over 3600 patients on our tour
This is very satisfying experience and the veterans really appreciate the visit. In some cases we are the only visit that they will receive during the Holiday.
This is another reason that we are Legionnaires. We are Veterans still serving our fellow Veterans.
This is the first time in the History of the American Legion we had our complete family on the tour. Pictured from the left is John Metzger the Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Jon Hosfield State President of the American Legion Riders, Barbara Lysic Department President Legion Auxiliary, Joe Cocco Jr. Department Commander American Legion, and Sammy Claus Past National Vice Commander and Past Department Commander James Hales Jr.