Welcome to the internet home of the Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 of Fargo, North Dakota. Here, you will find all the latest information on the happenings of Post 2 located in historic downtown Fargo. The post is alive and well and contributing to the community!
VA Identification Card Theft Risk
Watch this video if you have a VA Identification Card to learn how to avoid identity theft.
A True Work of Art
CLICK HERE to see and read about a beautiful piece of art that pays tribute to our veterans in Amherst, Ohio.
WE NEED YOUR HELP - Building Projects
We are desperately in need of help around the building at Post 2. An endless list of tasks is building and growing and your aid is needed in the form of "sweat equity". Cleaning and maintenance in and around the building is essential and we are calling on you to help us out if possible.
Most tasks are routine and do not take too much time. There are a limited number of large projects that also need to be taken care of as well. Any help you can contribute would be appreciated very much.
Contact Christopher Hanson at (701) 306-7567 or Tommy Tolman at (701) 237-4013 to volunteer today.
Reserve Component Tackles the Issue of Sexual Assault
CLICK HERE to read an outstanding article published in 'The Officer Magazine' (THE RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION) addressing how the Reserve Component is tackling Sexual Assault. Our very own Post 2 member, Maj. Penny Ripperger of the North Dakota Air National Guard, is highlighted in this article. Maj. Ripperger serves as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the 119th Wing.
The Pickled Parrot
Have you been down to the Pickled Parrot in the American Legion lately? Great drinks, great service, gaming (blackjack and pull tabs), and outstanding entertainment on the weekends - get downtown and check it out! For current Legion members, present your 2014 membership card and get your second drink free. Support the Pickled Parrot at the American Legion, open Tuesday-Saturday, 4pm-2am.
To learn more about The Pickled Parrot at the American Legion, CLICK HERE!
Veterans Day Stew Feed a Success
Christopher Hanson, Post Adjutant
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Veterans Day Stew Feed this past Monday! We hope to have a final attendance count and the amount we received in free-will donations sometime this week, we will share that information as soon as we have it.
Thanks to all of the American Legion and Auxiliary members who came out both Sunday and Monday to help prepare the stew and set up the hall for the feed. Over 30 volunteers were present on Sunday to help with cutting up veggies and meat as well as preparing the stew. Nearly 20 volunteers were in attendance on Monday to continue preparing the stew. Those volunteers also helped with prepping the hall, cleaning up the entrance into the building, setting up the serving line, and serving the meal.
A huge thank you goes out to THE AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS for their help! The organization chose to spend their Veterans Day aiding with the stew feed. Jobs included putting out salt and pepper shakers, producing wonderful Veterans Day thank you cards, serving water and coffee, and helping out wherever they could throughout the afternoon. The girls were always willing to help out in any way they were able and we are very grateful for their dedication!
Thanks to THE RED RIVER VALLEY VETERANS CONCERT BAND for putting on a very nice concert in honor of Veterans Day. Their perfect combination of marches, vocal pieces, and patriotic numbers were the perfect showcase for the event and venue.
Thanks to Rob Johnson of MRK and THE PICKLED PARROT for allowing us to utilize the kitchen area for the preparation and serving of the stew. You support of the American Legion is appreciated very much and we thank you for your continued assistance in making events like this happen.
Thanks in particular to Dave Johnston and Tommy Tolman who spearheaded much of the stew feed project. Their above and beyond participation ensured that the stew feed was truly a success.
And of course, thank you to everyone who came out to the event. We look forward to next year's stew feed.
On behalf of the post, we hope that you had a delightful and safe Veterans Day. God bless our servicemembers and our veterans.
More photos of the event can be found on our PHOTO PAGE.
VAVS Report - November
Construction continues to be a problem at the VA. It looks like it will be another year before Volunteer Services will be able to move back into their regular building space. The Escort Service will be moving to the front desk near the sign-in desk.
Veterans Day Change - Karin Davison asked the in-patient veterans how they would like to be honored on Veterans day and most said they would like a special BINGO or blackjack night. That being determined, there will be a Veterans Day party in the CLC for veterans rather than the traditional Veterans Day Ceremony that has been done in past years.
The Fargo VA Health Care System is looking at a program called Medical Foster Home (MFH). This is an alternative to nursing home care for veterans. A Medical Foster Home is owned or rented by a caregiver who resides in the home and provides care and supervision to up to three veterans with help and support form VA’s Home Based Primary Care Team. We are currently looking for caregivers that live within a 50-mile radius of Fargo-Moorhead who are willing to open their homes and care for veterans. For more information on this, there will be an information meeting Thursday, November 7th at the Fargo Carlson Library Community Room (2801 32nd Ave South, Fargo) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. No RSPV is required. You can also contact Loni Larson at (701) 232-3241, extension 9-4394 for more information.
The VA Medical Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 28th.
Wayne D. Satrom has accepted the position of National Vice Commander, Midwest Region. This coversthe states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
American Legion Post 297 of Harwood made a donation of $440. This will go towards the Columbus Day meal.
There are still many Volunteer Opportunities at the VA to include the following: Emergency Department Clerk, Reception Assistant, Ambulatory Surgery, Nursing Assistant Ambulatory, and Nutrition and Food Services Meal assistant (CLC).
Why Join the Legion?
Looking for good reasons to join or convince someone to join the American Legion? Wondering if it would be worth it to start up again after letting your membership lapse? CLICK HERE to read more about why you should join us in our mission and cause!
The Medal of Honor : Their Stories
CLICK HERE to watch several American heroes and Medal of Honor recipients tell their stories of valor and courage. This is an amazing set of interviews that will leave a lasting effect after you see and hear them.
VA Medical Center "Top Performers"
Thirty-two Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities from across the nation, which includes both the Fargo VA Healthcare System and the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System, were recently recognized as “top performers” by the independent panel that accredits and certifies health care organizations.
“We are proud of the medical facilities that have been recognized for demonstrating VA’s commitment to provide the high-quality care our Veterans have earned through their service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This achievement highlights the hard work of our VA medical staff to serve Veterans.”
The recognition came from The Joint Commission, a not-for-profit organization that ensures the quality of U.S. health care by its intensive evaluation of more than 20,000 health care organizations.
While all 151 VA medical facilities are accredited by The Joint Commission, the list recognizes facilities that are the top performers based on The Joint Commission’s annual review of evidence-based care that is closely linked to positive patient outcomes. This program recognizes Joint Commission-accredited hospitals for a significant achievement in accountability and performance measures.
The Joint Commission recognized 19 VA medical facilities as top performers in 2011/2012 and 20 VA medical facilities in 2010. Nine VA facilities have been rated as top performers for two consecutive years – a noteworthy distinction.
“VA health care has been a leader in performance measurement, electronic health records, research and clinical quality for more than a decade,” said VA Undersecretary for Health Dr. Robert Petzel. “I am proud of the staff that works hard every day to care for America’s Veterans.”
The American Heritage Girls
CLICK HERE to learn more about the American Heritage Girls, a nonprofit organization to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.
The American Heritage Girls graciously volunteered to aid the American Legion with their annual Stew Feed on Veterans Day. Their dedication, hard work, and help was very much appreciated by all!
ROTC Will Remain at NDSU
CLICK HERE to read about the great news that the Bison Battalion will remain at North Dakota State University for the time being!