American Legion Post #9 met Thursday evening at the Woodruff Memorial Meeting Room. Membership is looking good.

American Legion Post #9 met Thursday evening at the Woodruff Memorial Meeting Room. Membership is looking good. Transfer members Cecil Anderson from Post 94 and Wayne from Post 211 have not yet been officially recorded but will be soon. Twenty-one legionnaires were present at the meeting. Three new members received a badge for their hats.

Tom Pulido has started a move to award the flag bearers at the Intermediate School a $15 gift certificate for their services. There are three flag bearers. He intends to follow through himself, but would also appreciate donations. The group immediately started sending him bills to help out.

Numerous complaints were made about a medical system for veterans called the Choice system. Sims was the first, complaining his closest contact is at Colorado University at Aurora. He has complained to Congressman Ken Buck. Numerous others also added their experiences. There is a six to eight month wait to see a dentist. The Veterans Administration is so slow in paying many clinics have discontinued their service to veterans. Dan Davis said they need to be more vocal about their complaints and to write letters. He encouraged the to tell the good stories, too, but to write their own personal letters.

The flag at the veteran’s memorial at the court house needs replacing. Davis moved to pay for the flag and the group voted unanimously to do so. The cost is $34.90 to the post.

Fort Lyon did not receive its wreaths for Wreaths Across America this year, so next year the organization is sending wreaths for the Fort Lyon and Las Animas cemeteries. It was suggested that Post 9 join the ceremony at Fort Lyon at the appointed time next year, and to have the ceremony at Fairview at a different time, since many other posts vary the time, also. The post voted to do so.

The group also voted to support candidates for Boys State and Girls State in honor of Mack Burtis. Fundraisers will be used to support some of the cost. The cost to the post is $200 per student. The student will attend between his or her junior and senior years of high school. Carol Kennedy is managing the occasion at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs this year.

Dan Davis reported the color guard helped with the Cheraw School ceremony to honor veterans and the kids loved it. Jay Scott sent a note there would be a meeting of the Post 9 Riders on Feb 9.