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The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans 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 servicemembers and veterans.

Our local David Ketchum, Post 115 is one of hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities that strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship, and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state, and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grassroots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state, and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation, and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Recepricant of the Governor’s Brightest Star Organization of the year 2009:

David Ketchum American Legion Post #115, Ketchum

The David Ketchum American Legion Post #115 not only contributes countless hours of service to the Wood River Valley community but also inspires their fellow citizens to step up and help those in need. Organizations such as the local soup kitchens, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the elderly benefit from their selflessness and hard work. Members of the Wood River Valley join Boy Scout Venturing Crew #192 in thanking these outstanding volunteers.