North Central Phoenix veterans and their families are invited to learn more about American Legion services and programs during several upcoming events held at American Legion Post #75, 10625 N. Cave Creek Road.
The post hosts weekly Friday and Saturday night “membership” dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. that are open to the public. Friday features a fish fry dinner and Saturday night’s menu varies. Cost for the dinner is typically $7 to $9. Note that because the post is considered a private club, smoking is allowed inside the building, though typically not during dinner hours.
The post also presents a fun Chili Cook-Off from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, followed by live entertainment by Little Bit Crazy beginning at 7 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $7. A Valentine’s Dinner Dance will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. The stir-fry dinner will be $10. Live music will be provided by the Pat Roberts Band following the meal. Both events are open to the public.
The post has been in the Sunnyslope community since 1948. The Legion and its sister entity, American Legion Auxiliary Sunnyslope Unit #75, and its brother entities, Sons of the American Legion, Honor Guard and the American Legion Riders, all work together to give support to veterans and their families in several ways.
These groups consist of veterans, sons of veterans, mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of veterans. The organizations work with various programs that give to veterans and their families. For example, members give of their time at StandDown events and at the VA Medical Center and Hospital. They support Mary Ellen’s and Sally’s Places, which are homes consisting of studio or one-bedroom apartments to transition homeless veterans, both men and women, to have a place to call home other than the streets.
Members also provide food boxes to families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and other times as needed. They offer memorial poppies, made by hand with red crepe paper, to disabled veterans in hospitals, as well as at various times throughout the year to anyone for a small donation in support of veterans.
The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Honor Guard and American Legion Riders are always ready to embrace new members into their groups. There are many ways that you as a member of any of the entities can give to your community, even in the smallest way.
For more information, visit www.post75sunnyslope.com or call the American Legion Post #75 at 602-943-8477.