MARTIN – The John Bud Reynolds Post 283 American Legion Post held its monthly meeting to discuss changes in the club and basic club business on Saturday.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The local Post 283 American Legion club is a private club open to active military or military veterans and their family. If you have a parent, grandparent, or sibling that served in the military you are eligible for membership. Post 283 is always looking for individuals wanting to take membership in the American Legion club and do good service in the community.
The American Legion club provides veterans and their families with money for rent, utilities, home repairs whatever is needed if the funds are available. They also provide local students who are children of servicemen scholarships.
“We want to be a service to the community and offer comradeship to other veterans. Having a place to go and talk to other military veterans and share stories is often a lifesaver to many veterans,” said Ray McKinney, Commander of Post 283.
Ezra Amburty is a member of the American Legion Post 283. Amburty spent 18 months as a prisoner of war.
“I served in the Korean War. When I was captured by North Korea the conditions were deplorable. We had very little food and only wore the clothes we were captured in. Day’s I laid wondering if I would ever see my loved ones again. I thank God for the servicemen that was able to rescue me and bring me back to safety. There is a bond among servicemen that unless you experience it, you can’t fully understand how strong the bond is,” said Amburty.
The American Legion Post 283 in Martin is open Monday thru Saturday at 3 p.m. If you are interested in becoming involved with the American Legion stop by the club located beside of Fat Daddy’s Pizza in Martin.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.