Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001

Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001 We are an American Legion post dedicated to helping other veterans within our community in Loudoun County, VA. Our primary focus is 100% Americanism. cover art photo credits: Photograph © Darren Baker
The current officers of Post 2001 for 2019-2020 are: Commander: Scott Morse 1st Vice Commander: Scott Howell 2nd Vice Commander: Eric Lohman 3rd Vice Commander: Dave Dixon Adjutant: Shannon Kirkpatrick Baseball Chair: Scott Morse Boys & Girls State Programs: Dennis Kellen Chaplain: Paul Konold Finance Officer: Richard Ryan Poppy Distribution Events: Dennis Kellen Sergeant-at-Arms: Vito Ferrero Senior Veteran Service Officer: Joe Scalione Veteran Service Officer: Scott Morse
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The Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001, founded in 2000, was named in honor of the only Ashburn, Virginia resident killed during the Vietnam War. Our post assists veterans in need with financial emergency funds through the Legion's Family Support Network.; providing aid to service personnel and families who were and are directly affected by Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom in America's Global War on Terrorism. We support our returning wounded veterans through financial contributions to the Walter Reed National Medical Center & are especially proud to be an annual donor of the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness located in Bluemont, Virginia within Loudoun County. In addition, our American Legion Post also actively supports the Legion's Boys State and Girl's State programs and American Legion Baseball originally initiated by the Legion in 1925. Post 2001 began sponsoring the Ashburn Knights baseball team in 2011.

Mission: The American Legion was formed by veterans of the American Expeditionary Force in Paris, France in March 1919 shortly after World War I ended. In May of that same year, the Legion's St. Louis Caucus formally founded the American Legion, and on 16 September 1919, the American Legion was chartered by the United States Congress. Americanism is our business! Today, over 14,000 Legion posts represent 2.4 million members in the U.S. & worldwide, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines and France. For nearly 100 years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, secured hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for America's youth and children.

This Memorial Day weekend, starting May 23, 2020, the Rotary Club of Ashburn is conducting their Flags for Heroes. Ameri...
05/05/2020

This Memorial Day weekend, starting May 23, 2020, the Rotary Club of Ashburn is conducting their Flags for Heroes. American Legion Post 2001 has been invited to participate. This event is to remember those who made a difference and honor their military service, sacrifice and devotion to our country, as well as our first responders and health care workers .

They will place 100 USA flags at the south side of Route 7, near One Loudoun plaza. The flags will remain 23 May through 7 June, 2020. In remembrance, each flag can be sponsored to remember a hero for $50 and the written medallion of the heroe's name and sponsor will be placed on the flag pole. Please click on the Rotary Club's site link for more information: http://ashburnflagsforheroes.org/. Please fill out the sponsor and hero information and pay or write a check and mail to:

RCOA Foundation PO BOX 392
Ashburn, VA 20146

Write your check out to the Rotary Club of VA Foundation. Your contributions are tax deductible.

Events Timeline

*Please contact Comrade Richard Ryan if you want to participate in any of these.

Thursday, May 21 (9-11AM) Set up three Ashburn Rotary Banners and a separate banner to support local nurses/workers/teachers etc. on site along Route 7. Post volunteers will set up our Post banner as well.

Saturday, May 23 (10-12PM) Erect all 100 Flags on site. Sleeves are already in the ground. Drone video from a Club member and Ashburn Boy Scouts. Mission BBQ Lunch!

Main Event Monday, May 25 (10AM) Memorial Day Ceremony. The details of how this ceremony will unfold are still being worked out. Envisioned is a FB Live event with the reading of the names with a small amount of personnel on site, in accordance with the Virginia Governors order. Our Post has considered having members interested in participating, being nearby within the guidelines of safety and social distancing. The plan may be adjusted as circumstances permit.

Several of us participated last year and it was a very special ceremony. If you have any questions, give Richard Ryan a call at 202-258-4109.

Visit ashburnlegion.org to participate in Loudoun’s flags for heroes!!!
05/05/2020

Visit ashburnlegion.org to participate in Loudoun’s flags for heroes!!!

During this extraordinary time of COVID-19 uncertainty, Loudoun County is adapting and contributing to the growing food ...
04/30/2020

During this extraordinary time of COVID-19 uncertainty, Loudoun County is adapting and contributing to the growing food needs within our community. American Legion, Post 2001, will be making regular food donations to the Loudoun Hunger Relief Organization. If any of our members/volunteers would like to participate, then please continue reading for the list of requested charitable items and contact information.

Immediate Needs Include:

Tuna packs with crackers – Hearty soups – Cereal

How it Works:

Our Loudoun County members/volunteers can purchase any of the above items.
When items have been purchased email our American Legion Post 2001 Representative to schedule a contact free pick up. NOTE: In the subject heading please include the phrase, “Hunger Relief Donation.”
At the agreed upon pick up location, please ensure the items are bagged and ready to load.
Our American Legion Post 2001 Representative will deliver the goods to Loudoun Hunger Relief.
*Due to the increased demand, Loudoun Hunger Relief is not able to provide a donation receipt. We recommend donors individually record the donated items and the cost of each, for tax purposes.We will continue to update our social media with relevant information.

To Our Loudoun Veteran Community;We at American Legion, Post 2001, would like to take a moment to acknowledge each of yo...
04/14/2020
A COVID-19 Message

To Our Loudoun Veteran Community;

We at American Legion, Post 2001, would like to take a moment to acknowledge each of you as pillars within our great Loudoun County community. The real-world experience and expertise that you bring to our local government, schools, fundraisers, and countless other activities reflect our commitment to this great nation. Now, more than ever, we must rely on that expertise, and on one another, to communicate our needs.

We stand strong with our brothers, sisters, and neighbors during this extreme time of social caution. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched our lives in innumerable ways. If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the epidemic, then please reach out to us with specific requests. We have listed several resources, including CDC recommendations and guidelines.

If you are able, please familiarize yourselves with the needs of our most vulnerable populations; elderly, special needs, deaf, hard of hearing, immobile, etc. Together, we will overcome the virus and its’ evolving threat.

Communication is key and we invite you to post your concerns and/or resources for those who require assistance with food delivery, cleaning, transportation, online tutoring or anything else that certain individuals cannot do for themselves. We will continue to post resource links as they become available.

http://ashburnlegion.org/2020/04/a-covid-19-message/

To Our Loudoun Veteran Community; We at American Legion, Post 2001, would like to take a moment to acknowledge each of you as pillars within our great Loudoun County community. The real-world exper…

April 5 is Gold Star Spouses Day -- a solemn reminder of all the military men and women who lost their lives and the lov...
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Gold Star wife driven to shape policy, give back

April 5 is Gold Star Spouses Day -- a solemn reminder of all the military men and women who lost their lives and the loved ones they left behind.

As a Gold Star wife, Ursula persevered through the pain. Serving as the vice president for the Gold Star Wives of America Arlington chapter, and as a Capitol Hill fellow, she is determined to be a voice for all service members, veterans, and military families.

Read more at: https://go.usa.gov/xvgTj

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#ArmyFamily
#NeverForgotten

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04/05/2020

Dedicated Shopping Times for Senior Citizens

Author NVRC eNews
Published on March 26, 2020

ALDI stores Tuesdays and Thursdays open at 8:30 a.m. and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers.
Latest ALDI Update (March 25, 2020)Opens in a new window

BJ’s Wholesale Clubs 8:00-9:00AM everyday
Costco 8:00-9:00AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/03/23/coronavirus-costco-senior-shopping-tuesdays-thursdays/2904993001/Opens in a new window

Sam’s Club 7:00-9:00AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Giant Food 6:00AM-7:00AM everyday for Senior Citizens over the age of 60and persons with compromised immune systems https://giantfood.com/news-and-media/article-3-18-20/Opens in a new window

Harris Teeter 6:00AM-7:00AM every Monday and Thursday https://www.harristeeter.com/harris-teeter-response-to-covid-19Opens in a new window

Safeway 7:00AM-9:00AM on Tuesday and Thursdays and other at-risk populations including pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems https://www.safeway.com/faq/covid-19-faq.htmlOpens in a new window

Walmart From March 24 through April 28 Dedicated Shopping Times for seniors over the age of 60have been implemented on Tuesdays,which will start one hour before stores are scheduled to open

Target The first hour of business each Wednesday morning will be dedicatedto the elderly and most vulnerable members of society

Trader Joe’s 8:00 - 9:00AM daily https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/trader-joes-becomes-latest-grocery-store-with-senior-specific-shopping-times/Opens in a new window

Walgrens 8:00-9:00AM on Tuesdays

Walmart
Every Tuesday one hour before the store opens Shopping for one hour

Wegmans https://www.wegmans.com/news-media/press-releases/wegmans-response-to-covid-19-2/Opens in a new window
No dedicated shopping times for Senior Citizens

Whole Foods
The first hour of each business day will be reserved for older customers.

DISCLAIMER: This information is shared by Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 for the benefit of veterans, service-members and their families. The information is provided by a third-party. VFW Post 1177 has no direct responsibility with outside organizations.

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates...
03/29/2020

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Let’s us remember and recognize those who served.

#NationalVietnamWarVeteransDay

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I wanted to share a “good news story” with you all regarding a recent superlative team effort to support one of our loca...
02/12/2020

I wanted to share a “good news story” with you all regarding a recent superlative team effort to support one of our local disabled Vietnam Era Veterans.

We have been working with this disabled Veteran on a number of fronts over the past 2 years including; weekly grocery store runs, periodic financial assistance, transportation to the VA MEDCEN, getting him a new cat, acquiring a new prosthetic device, providing maid service, getting his laundry done, and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, getting him moved from his rather run down 2nd floor apartment in Leesburg, VA to new digs in Sterling, VA

Well during the past month the "planets aligned" for our Veteran as our Loudoun Veterans organizations and Loudoun County Government Adult Services came through to provide essential and welcomed support for our Veteran. First, Loudoun County Adult Services successfully identified a brand new 1st floor apartment for our Veteran in Sterling and facilitated his acceptance and processing by the apartment complex. Getting him into a 1st floor apartment will enable him to get “out and about” and reduce his feeling of isolation. This past weekend, Loudoun County Marine Corps League Detachment 1205 in Purcellville planned and executed a successful movement of our Veteran, his feline companion and his household goods, to the new apartment. MCL 1205 has truly gone above and beyond over the past 2 years in caring for our former U.S. Navy Corpsman. Additionally, VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg graciously agreed to support our Veteran by paying for his security deposit at the new apartment facility. This donation made it possible for our Veteran, who lives on a meager income, to acquire his new apartment. Lastly, Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001 in Ashburn, VA donated a battery operated scooter for our Veteran and successfully delivered it on Monday, February 10. AL 2001 led the away here and this scooter will give our Veteran added mobility to get “out and about.” It will not only enable him in a practical sense but will also serve to reduce his feelings of isolation as he can now get out and interact with his neighbors and community.

So as you can see, this was truly a team effort for all of us, spanning across multiple Loudoun County non-profit veteran organizations as well as local Loudoun County Government. Needless saying our Veteran was incredibly thankful and he extends his many thanks to all involved in this effort.

Scott Morse, Commander, American Legion Post 2001
#GoodNews
#VietnamEraVeteran

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14th Air Force Redesignated as Space Operations Command
Dec. 30, 2019 | By Amy McCullough

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett redesignated 14th Air Force as Space Operations Command following the Dec. 20 establishment of US Space Force as the sixth military service.

#USSpaceOperationsCommande
#14thAirForce

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Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett redesignated 14th Air Force as Space Operations Command following the establishment of US Space Force.

Act now and prevent veteran suicide.  Start the New Year 2020 on the right track.  Are you a veteran in crisis or know o...
01/01/2020

Act now and prevent veteran suicide. Start the New Year 2020 on the right track. Are you a veteran in crisis or know one who is? Call 1-800-273-8255 (x1)x text 838255.
#SupportVeterans

On behalf of American Legion Post 2001 officers and members, may the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity...
12/31/2019

On behalf of American Legion Post 2001 officers and members, may the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity. Wishing you a joyous 2020!

#NewYear2020

Commander Scott Morse and Executive Committee

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#FirstFemaleAmericanLegionnaire

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On behalf of the officers and staff I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays t...
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On behalf of the officers and staff I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays to you and your families. May 2020 bring joy and happiness to you all.

Commander Scott Morse

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Where are you honoring veterans and playing a part today? #PlayAPart2019

Comrades, families, friends and supporters of Ashburn American Legion Post 2001 celebrated their holiday tonight at Ashb...
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#HappyHolidays
#ServiceAboveSelf
#SupportingOurMilitaryAndVeterans

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7, 1941 marks the day that the Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. Army and Navy in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack at the base also officially marked U.S. involvement in World War II. Today, December 7th is known as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, as Americans remember the thousands of soldiers killed and injured during that day.

Until September 11, 2001, the events at Pearl Harbor were the deadliest attack on American soil. At least 2,400 people lost their lives, and over 1,000 were wounded. While most of the deaths and injuries were related to the sinking of naval ships, other soldiers lost their lives in airplanes. On top of that, civilians in the surrounding area were injured from the morning’s surprise attacks.

#PearlHarborRemembranceDay
#DayOfInfamy

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Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

If you had contact with certain environmental hazards while serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas, you may have illnesses or other conditions believed to be caused by these toxic chemicals in the air, water, or soil. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits here ➡www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/specific-environmental-hazards/ 🇺🇸
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#DevilDog
#ServingOthers

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#CommissaryExchangeMWRAccess

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Post Office Box 1243
Ashburn, VA
20146

General information

The Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001 meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 1930, except during the month of December. Our Post meets at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD) at 20688 Ashburn Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147. Membership is open to all active duty and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces [Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Reserves & National Guard]. Our membership is composed on men and women who have served during World War II; the Korean War; the Vietnam War; Grenada, Panama, Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Special Operations for the duration of the United States' Global War on Terrorism.

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The American Legion was formed by veterans of the American Expeditionary Force in Paris, France in March 1919 shortly after World War I ended. In May of that same year, the Legion's St. Louis Caucus formally founded the American Legion, and on 16 September 1919, the American Legion was chartered by the United States Congress. Americanism is our business!

Today, over 14,000 Legion posts represent 2.4 million members in the U.S. & worldwide, including Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines and France. For nearly 100 years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, secured hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for America's youth and children.

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At Ft Lewis, in the late 80s, we had a CSGM Kidd....Any connection?
Fellow Legionnaires, here's the info you've been waiting for! The American Legion Post 2001 is participating in the Annual Leesburg Independence Day Parade on July 4th! There's no better way to spend the morning on America's Birthday! Timeline: 0900 Park at Rally Point at Safeway Parking Lot, 437 South King Street, Leesburg 0915 Depart Rally Point for Ida Lee Park 0930 King Street Closes to Traffic 1000 Parade Starts Uniform: American Legion Cover (or similar), American Legion Polo (or Patriotic), Khaki Pants. Questions? Contact Eric Lohmann, (703) 943-6126
American Legion 100th Birthday Mar 15 1919 (2)
Boston needs 78, Miami needs 9, Houston needs 47 come on desert storm veterans we need you all to get involved! The consortium is not VA! It is funded through our efforts yearly to get funding for excellent independent medical universities! These are Dr Klimas, Dr Sullivan and Dr Lea Steele who have fought for us since we came home..they are leaders determined to get us answers and real help! Call Joy at 1-617-358-1717 to get prescreened and then they get you connected to one of three centers!
Our highest priority now is the Consortium Study! It is at three sites Boston (Dr Kimberly Sullivan) needs 86 more, Houston ( Dr Lea Steele)needs 55 , Miami Davie Florida (Dr. Klimas) needs 10. You must call Joy at 617-358-1717 to be prescreened a telephone interview questions then tell her which location! This has to get done re the recruitment now as soon as possible because the sooner we get all sites full and participation done the faster we get results published This is important ! Now it is a one visit approximately 6 hrs. And after that other visits will be scheduled. THISis for desert storm veterans deployed in theater! I have done this study in Boston and it is well worth it! These three researcher doctors have been with us since we came home and just needed our CDMRP funding for independent medical researchers, medical universities, and medical research institutes ! These are the three that mean it we will get answers what is wrong in body and find a real treatment if not a cure! If you have questions you can call me too at 303-726-0738.
Saint Matthew’s invites you to celebrate and honor those who have valiantly served our country at the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Celebration Service on Saturday, November 11th, at 11:00 am. We are excited to welcome Lt. Col. (Ret) Glenn Schiraldi Ph.D. as our guest speaker. We hope you'll help us spread the word in the community to anyone who might be interested in attending. A thanksgiving lunch with live music will follow at no charge. www.stmtts.org