Welcome to The American Legion and Great Bridge Post 280
The involvement in the Great Bridge American Legion Post can mean many things to many Legionnaires. The programs, committees, and events that we are involved in are as diverse as: Politics and Legislative concerns, Children and Youth programs, Americanism, Legion Youth Baseball, and being involved in the solution for hospitalized Veterans.
Our Services Officer is Thomas (Chris) McDonald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-547-2120. E-mail him to obtain help with VA Claims and other Services Officer related paperwork.
For 2011, Post 280 will be sponsoring 3 Boys State candidates.
For 2011, Post 280 will be sponsoring 6 Youth Baseball Teams; three Senior Teams and three Junior Youth teams. In 2010 the Greenbrier Senior team won the 2nd District Championship, the Department of Virginia (state) Championship and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. They went into The American Legion World Series Baseball Championships with high hopes but didn't make it past the first two teams they played against. They had a great run and we are very proud of them. They were the epitone of what American Legion Baseball is all about. The 2011 Greenbrier Senior team won the 2nd District Championship and the Department of Virginia (state) Championship two years in a row, it had never been done before, but were beaten in the Eastern Regionals.
Post 280 supports the Junior ROTC programs for two Chesapeake schools.
Post 280 sponsors a Law and Order evening to honor the Chesapeake Police Departments - Patrolman of the Year, Chesapeake Sheriff Departments - Deputy of the Year, Fire Department/EMT - Officer of the Year, and Virginia State Police - Division 5, Trooper of the Year.
Post 280 host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the veterans in the local Veterans Hospitals - usually 50 very hungry veterans from the Vietnam to the Persian Gulf Wars. If you want to see the look of pure bliss, come see these veterans dig into a Thanksgiving Dinner.
We, the members of The American Legion Great Bridge Post 280, Inc. will attempt to advise/support any Veteran in need of help.
Post 280 Meeting Dates and times are:
Post 280 general membership - The second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Post 280 Executive Board -The third Thursday of each month at 7:30P.M.
Sons of the American Legion - The first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
American Legion Auxiliary - The Third Thursday of each month at 7:30P.M.
Cardinal Principles of The American Legion
The rehabilitation of all disabled vets
The care of the dependants of those who answered the 'Final Call'
The care of those who are now suffering from wounds, disease, and want
The education of our children....and service to the community, state, and nation
For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
What is the American Legion?
The largest veterans organization in USA
Dedicated to God & Country
Pursuit of better veteran benefits
Youth education & involvement in government
Evolvement of comradre through social events & charitable activities
What does the American Legion offer you?
A voice in protecting veteran benefits
Involvement in community and youth
A monthly magazine about the organization
Rights & Privileges to all posts throughout the USA
How is the American Legion Organized?
Post - smallest organization
Disrict - regional level, consisting of several posts
Department - state level, consisting of several Districts which have several posts
National - (Headquarters located in Indianapolis, Indiana) consisting of 55 Departments made up of all 50 states + District of Columbia, France, Mexico, Philippines, and Pureto Rico