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Welcome to The American Legion and Great Bridge Post 280

The programs, committees, and events that we are involved in are as diverse as: Children and Youth programs, Community Affairs, Law and Order, Americanism, Legion Youth Baseball, assistance with VA benifits, and being involved in the solution for hospitalized Veterans.


Our Services Officer is Thomas (Chris) McDonald. He can be reached at or via the Post - 757-547-2120 or his cell phone 808-779-5975. E-mail or call him to obtain help with VA Claims and other Services Officer related paperwork.

The following are some of our programs:

Post 280 sponsors a Youth Junior Shooting Sports Team. They are called The Ravens. Contact William (Joe) Pocan via the post 757-547-2120 for more info or if you have a youngster that is interrested in the Youth Shooting Program.

For 2014, Post 280 will be sponsoring 8 and possibly 10 Boys State candidates.

For 2014, Post 280 will be sponsoring 1 Junior Youth Baseball Team.

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 rents its hall (capacity 85) with kitchen if needed, at reasonable rates, call 757-609-3439.


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.

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What is the American Legion?

The largest veterans organization in USA

Dedicated to God & Country

Pursuit of better veteran benefits

Community involvement

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


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