Letter to the Editor: Rise and be recognized 

The life of a veteran is about being a servant to your country, your family and your fellow man.  Serving others’ needs, regardless of what branch of the military you served in, your selfless contribution has afforded millions freedom and safety in our great country. The greatest example of leadership walked this earth more than 2,000 years ago. He was born as a common man, yet his purpose was profound. He was the son of a King, yet he came to serve those who were in need. He made no reputation for himself, yet he is known all over the world as Jesus Christ. We as veterans should be proud of our services rendered and the American Legion’s preamble for which we stand, “For God and Country!” There is no greater oath taken than the one to protect and defend the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  

Willingly we laid down our lives for a cause that was greater than our own. Willingly we left our homes, families and small children to defend a country that now fights us for benefits we deserve. As military men and women on the battlefields, we fought together! We suffered together! It’s time for us to continue to unite and fight for our fellow veterans in need of benefits. Let’s unite and band together to increase our fortitude by recruiting more veterans into the American Legion. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s stand against Congress and the law makers who ban together to strip us of our benefits. 

Let’s rise up, my brothers and sisters, and be counted as worthy! Worthy of our benefits! Worthy of honor! Worthy of living a good life for the many lives we have fought to save!

This is a call to action!  I pray you will join me in the fight and become a member of the American Legion. God bless America.

Leroy Davis Jr., Jr. Vice Commander, Department of Alabama, American Legion