NAPPANEE — The military may be in search of a few good men but the Sons of the American Legion Nappanee Post #154 are looking for just one.
That’s because they want to give a home to an severely disabled local veteran.
“We hold fundraisers all the time,” explained Al White, local squadron rep and 2nd Vice Commander of the Nappanee SAL. “We work with the community and help veterans. … We just gave $2,000 to the veteran’s home in South Bend. But we’re involved with the Homes for Wounded Veterans program and are hoping to build a home in Nappanee.”
He said he heard about the program from the Indianapolis SAL commander, also the VP for the Homes For Wounded Warriors Program (HWWP), at a convention and believed it fit the goals of the Nappanee group.
“When he was talking about it, I was so taken aback,” White said. “I just felt it was something we had to do.”
Beginning at a kickoff at Post #154 Jan. 19, and for each week thereafter through Memorial Day, the local SAL are hosting events to raise approximately $10,000, the amount estimated to build a home for a local disabled veteran. White said The City of Nappanee has three properties it is planning to donate in 2013 and that hopefully one of them will be given for the cause.
“We’ll be selling (Believe In Heroes) T-shirts and selling raffle tickets,” White explained. “We have the annual Pappy’s Pool tourney coming up.”
“Hundreds of servicemen are injured each year and they need our help,” he continued. “We just want to find someone in the Nappanee area that is a disabled veteran that might need a home.”
One Hoosier veteran that received a new home (in Kokomo) under the Homes for Wounded Warriors Program had been shot 30 times while serving. It’s veterans with that type of wartime injury that are the intended recipients for the program.
The Sons of the American Legion, like the American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Riders (motorcycle enthusiast Legion members), are extensions of the American Legion organization. SAL members are men whose parent or grandparent served or serves in the U.S. military. Begun in 1932, the group has more than 13,000 members within the American Legion family of nearly 4.2 million.
To learn more call White at 574-529-4270, find Nappanee American Legion Post 154 on Facebook, or visit http://www.legion.org  or http://www.hwwp.org  online.