ALP653.com December 13, 2017  American Legion Post 653  ALP653.com December 13, 2017  American Legion Post 653 

American Legion Terlingua - HistoryAmerican Legion Terlingua Texas Post 653, the Last Outpost in the Big Bend. Free WiFi Internet Access 24/7 at TX Hwy 118 & Legion Road.

American Legion Post 653 focuses on community service and assistance to veterans, in keeping with the over 90-year tradition of The American Legion. The scope and nature of the post’s community service are determined by its members and inputs from local civic and community officials.

“Service! That’s what American Legion Post 653 is all about,” we like to say. “We exist to help each and every veteran, their families and the communities they live in. Terlingua Texas is an ideal place to strengthen partnerships with the veterans and the community. The people here care about their community and practice good citizenship every day. Now, wartime veterans have a special place from which they can make a difference.”

Since its inception in 1919, The American Legion has been an outspoken advocate for veterans’ benefits, children and youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality-of-life issues for those serving in today’s armed forces.

The organization, which spearheaded the original GI Bill, has been advocating reform of the veteran’s health care system under its GI Bill of Health. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency’s ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion’s advocacy. The American Legion also was instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Home Loan, veterans hiring preference and just compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses related to their military service, including those whose ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange and mysterious Persian Gulf origins.

Equally aggressive are The American Legion’s efforts to instill values in young people through numerous programs, including American Legion Boys State, American Legion Boys Nation, Junior Shooting Sports, the National High School Oratorical Contest, American Legion Baseball, Teenage Suicide Prevention, Child Health and a McGruff Safe Kids Program. The American Legion has supported Scouting since 1919. Many American Legion posts also support Junior ROTC high school units, fund-raising for handicapped children, the Children’s Miracle Network and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics.