On March 16, 1919 Congress Chartered what has become the world’s largest Veterans Service Organization: The American Legion. One of the American Legion’s proudest moments was the passing of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, which would soon be known as the G.I. Bill. But, did you know that the GI Bill almost didn’t happen? The American Legion, with help from the William Randolph Hearst newspaper group, spent eight months convincing Congress, the military and the public that free college education for veterans, 52 weeks of readjustment pay, home loans with no down payment and other benefits would stimulate the economy and not break the U.S. Treasury. The battle came down to a deadlocked conference committee in June 1944 – the same week the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy – that was broken by one of history’s most dramatic efforts to get a bill signed into law.
For the past 88 years, the American Legion Fletcher McCollister Post 135 has been proudly supporting both the local veteran, and the community in and around Phenix City thru various programs and partnerships with local non-profits. On March 16, the organization be celebrating its illustrious history with an evening of dancing and dining at the Martin Idle Hour Community Center. This will be a black-tie affair. Tickets to the Centennial Ball are limited, but available at $50 per individual, $80 for a pair, or $300 for an entire table of eight. For more information, donations, or to see if you are eligible to become a member of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, or The American Legion Auxiliary, visit the American Legion Post 135’s Facebook Page.