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!
President Signs VA Reform Bill
CLICK HERE to read about the VA Reform Bill which President Obama signed into law last week. The reform package, which provides additional VA medical staff and allows VA greater authority to dismiss directors who fail to meet expectations, was introduced after VA whistleblowers came forward last spring to announce that they had been directed to falsify appointment records leaving some veterans on secret lists with no appointments scheduled at all.
Another Successful Jass Festival
Thank you to the officers and other volunteers of the American Legion and Auxiliary for their help in making the 20th presentation of the Jass Festival a successful day! The weather cooperated with us all day and we were able to feature seven different outstanding bands, ensembles, and solo acts throughout the afternoon. Thanks to all of the folks who came out, we look forward to another great presentation when we return in 2015!
VAVS Report - August
The Surgical suite is slatee to open soon with a ribbon cutting ceremony August 19th. These additions contain a basement along with first and second floors with the new surgical suite located on the second floor. It will include additional operating rooms and state-of-the-art technology.
Remarks from Karrinn Davidson on the Healing Garden:
I wanted to send a brief HealingGarden update. Although the main/large healing garden will go up for construction funding next fiscal year, we are looking at creating some smaller scale healing environments throughout the exterior of the facility. I know many of you have donated to the healing gardens fund to help purchase flowers, pots, benches etc. so I wanted to ensure you received an update on the main project and as well as our smaller healing garden projects which tie into the large garden.
We are looking beautify small areas patients frequent such as the front entrance and the outdoor seating area by the canteen. These projects will be small scale healing gardens and would not be possible without the generosity of your donations. Thank you for all you do to support the Fargo VA and our Veterans!!
I will continue to keep you informed on the progress of the large healing garden area.
The Healing Gardens to be located on the west side of the facility.
As always, there are many volunteer opportunities at the VA Hospital to include the following: Escort Services, Reception Assistance (Ambulatory Surgery), Ambulatory Surgery Unit Assistance, Health Information Manager Assistance, and Chapel Escort Assistance. Please contact Karinn R. Davidson, Chief, Voluntary Service at the Fargo VA, at (701) 239-3700, extension 9-3397 if you have questions or if you wish to volunteer.
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read a statement from our National Commander Dan Dellinger regarding the VA's request for emergency money.
Membership, Membership, Membership!
I am writing this post today to invite you to join with me as your First Vice Commander in making MEMBERSHIP our number one goal this 2015 membership year. It is no secret that our membership has suffered over the past five years for several different reasons to include transfers, deaths, mediocre communication, and inefficient efforts to bring awareness to what Post 2 has been doing over time.
I am here to say that THE BUCK STOPS HERE. We must aggressively attack the issue of membership and this is the year that we turn our decline around! I am presently putting together a demanding year-long plan to achieve our goals and more. While we have not received our goal numbers for the 2015 membership year at this time, our goal truly should not be a number or a percentage. What our goal should me is to have AS MANY MEMBERS IN OUR POST AS POSSIBLE. This will require us to engage and communicate with our membership. This will require us to begin aggressive work IMMEDIATELY to not only stop the bleeding, but to repair the issues. And it will require forward thinking in our approach to recruiting new membership to bring our numbers back up once again. We must stay ahead of the goals set for us by National and continue to push forward for the good of not only our current American Legion post and our programs, but to preserve the organization for the future!
As a part of our revitalization plan, the mission of fixing our membership woes is paramount. Other portions of the revitalization plan include standing up more community programs, seeking out volunteers to aid with the building and premises, strengthening our manpower with our existing programs, and seeking out young veterans to join our organization to ensure a healthy future for our organization.
Please show us that you onboard with me in committing to the future of our organization. If you have questions, you can contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (701) 306-7567. God bless you, our veterans, and the American Legion.
First Vice Commander
Choice Financial presented Post 2 with a donation of $628 in honor of May being Natioinal Military Appreciation month! Past Commander Brad Aune accepted the check on behalf of the post!
PTSD/TBI Care: Is It Effective?
The American Legion and their members do not believe that the current PTSD/TBI care systems and procedures are effective enough. CLICK HERE to read more about this very important issue that many of our young service members are struggling with day in and day out.
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.
Legion World Series Kicks Off
CLICK HERE to find out what's going on with the Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina!
Asbestos Exposure Resources
Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. Learn more at www.asbestos.com.
Fargo VA Needs
A few new items have been added to the wish list for donations at the Fargo VA. They include the following:
WHEELCHAIR GLOVES: Seeking donations of Large and Extra Large wheelchair gloves for Veterans or funds to purchase gloves.
GUEST RELATIONS: Monetary donations for coffee, orange juice, condiments, cups and supplies for Greeter Program & waiting rooms.
COUPON BOOK FUND: Funds to purchase Canteen coupon books. Canteen coupon books are provided to Veterans who have no means to purchase a meal while attending appointments at the Fargo VA. Books may also be used for emergent needs of Veterans that can be purchased at the VA.
Please contact Karinn R. Davidson, Chief, Voluntary Service at the Fargo VA, at
(701) 239-3700, extension 9-3397 if you have questions or if you wish to donate any of these items or funds.
Women Veterans Health Care
Every VA facility is committed to meeting the unique needs of women Veterans by delivering the highest quality health care to each woman, while offering her the privacy, dignity, and sensativity to gender-specific needs that she deserves. CLICK HERE for more information.
Revitalization Discussion, Part II
CLICK HERE to review the Revitalization Report by Adjutant Christopher Hanson. This report was briefed a the February Post Meeting.
American Legion Mobile Apps
Do you use a smartphone? Or perhaps a tablet or mobile device? And are you a member of the American Legion? If so, CLICK HERE to read about great American Legion apps that are available for your devices! You can also CLICK HERE to go directly to a download page for these apps.
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!
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!