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New West Fargo American Legion Post Chartered

The American Legion has launched a new American Legion post in West Fargo.

Their inaugural meeting under the temporary charter from the National American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the West Fargo VFW, located at 308 Sheyenne St.

Veterans interested in learning more about the new West Fargo American Legion Post are welcomed and encouraged to attend the meeting. Military service during a war-time era is a requirement for membership in the American Legion. The four pillars of The American Legion are: supporting our troops; taking care of our veterans; providing meaningful programs for our youth and promoting patriotism.

The Post will become known as Post 308 and will be named after a veteran from the area who lost his/her life in service to our country. Post 308 elected the following officers at their January meeting in anticipation of having their charter application approved: Larry Reed, Commander; Richard Belling, Vice-Commander; David Brunsvold, Adjutant/Finance Officer; David Vetter; Chaplain and Darrell Vetter, Sergeant at Arms.

West Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota without an American Legion Post, has many veterans eligible for membership. Additionally, the state headquarters for the North Dakota American Legion is in West Fargo.

The West Fargo VFW has agreed to provide meeting room facilities in the future. Many veterans who are not eligible for VFW membership may qualify for membership in The American Legion. Most, if not all, VFW members are eligible for membership in The American Legion. Veterans organizations cooperating, not competing, is a sign of the times. With fewer veterans in our community it is more important than ever for them to work together.

For more information, contact Dave Rice, past department commander for the North Dakota American Legion, at or call 701.866.9085.