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  • All About the The American Legion in Hoboken

    Happy Veteran’s Day! At this moment, 21.8 million veterans currently live in the United States, and in Hudson County, they are approximately 430,000 strong — with about 116,000 peacetime veterans and more than 300,000 wartime servicepersons, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. You may remember us sharing the story of one of Hoboken’s most recognizable vets {and the recipient of the People’s Choice Award by the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce this week!} Vinny Wassman, but what you may not be aware of is that he is part of a wonderful organization called The American Legion in Hoboken. On this special day honoring those who have selflessly served our country, we’re sharing a bit more about this special organization and all its does for veterans and servicemen in our area.

    ^Vinny + Cole on a walk [Photo: Will Ferman]

    The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, was created by Congress in 1919 as a way help those who have served for our country. Its mission is to advocate patriotism and honor, promote strong national security, and honor our fellow service members and vets. In Hoboken, The American Legion Post 107 was created in 1920, and it serves veterans from Hoboken, Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas.

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    ^The groundbreaking ceremony last month at The American Legion Post 107 [Photo: Phil Fishbein]

    About the Groundbreaking

    Last month, the members of the American Legion for the ceremonial groundbreaking at 308 Second Street (near corner of Willow Avenue) of the American Legion Hoboken Post 107 project, which will rebuild and create a veteran community center and a six-unit residential building for homeless veterans in Hoboken. In 2012, the post endured terrible flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Since that time, they have requested a partnership with the City of Hoboken to rebuild its facility. This partnership involved the creation of six residential units in a new, elevated space that would protect the American Legion from flooding at the ground level.

    Read More: The Damage of Hurricane Sandy

    Monarch Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer, secured six project-based vouchers for homeless veterans and obtained project financing through federal grants to rebuild the center. The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (“NJHMFA”), the Hudson County HOME Funding Consortium and the City of Hoboken are funding the project, and privately The American Legion Post 107 is raising additional funds to cover expenses such as furniture, appliances, and other amenities for veterans who will reside in these units, according to the City of Hoboken.

    A few of the other services The American Legion provides across the country at its chapters:

    American Legion Baseball: An amateur athletic program that aims to educate the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship, and fitness to our youth

    Heroes to Hometowns: This program is one that connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities.

    College Scholarships: The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

    If you’d like to donate to their wonderful cause and help The American Legion rebuild, click here.

     

    Thank you to all veterans for your bravery and service. We salute you.


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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