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.
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.

11/28/2019
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Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR Access Extended to More Veterans Beginning JanuaryStarting Jan. 1, 2020, ...
11/21/2019

Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR Access Extended to More Veterans Beginning January

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense is expanding access to military commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation facilities for certain Veterans and caregivers. Those eligible for access include all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former Prisoners of War (POW), and those approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans. To acquire the in-person privileged access, all eligible Veterans must obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).

#CommissaryExchangeMWRAccess

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67974/commissary-military-service-exchange-mwr-access-extended-veterans-beginning-january/

Once suicidal, vet runs gym providing free membership to families of fallen servicemembers
11/18/2019
Once suicidal, vet runs gym providing free membership to families of fallen servicemembers

Once suicidal, vet runs gym providing free membership to families of fallen servicemembers

A combat veteran who was once homeless and attempted suicide is now the CEO of a nationwide gym. Danny Farrar is an 8-year war veteran and has fought many demons, especially since he lost his brother and several loved ones to suicide. Now, Farrar is CEO ofSoldier Fit, a gym that has 17 locations nat...

New video series teaches Veterans how to file disability claims onlineStep-by-step instruction offers latest digital tra...
11/16/2019

New video series teaches Veterans how to file disability claims online

Step-by-step instruction offers latest digital transformation

This new self service tool dramatically simplifies the process of submitting disability claims.

The platform help Veterans provide clear and complete information which speeds up the adjudication time for Veterans to receive a claims decision.

#VADisabilityTraining

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/68101/new-video-series-teaches-veterans-file-disability-claims-online/

Easterseals with M&T Bank will be hosting a shopping trip on 11/18/2019 in Sterling. We are looking for more female vete...
11/13/2019

Easterseals with M&T Bank will be hosting a shopping trip on 11/18/2019 in Sterling. We are looking for more female veterans to attend. If you have any female veterans that would be interested, please have them reach out to me via email before 11/12/2019. On the flyer, it says that the veterans will be meeting at the CRRC, but if the Veteran is close to the shopping location they can meet us there.

Thank you!
Tiesa Johnson
Veteran Employment Specialist
Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families
301.920.9752
[email protected]

Post 2001 Commander (Major Scott Morse, USAF, Retired) and Post 2001 Boys and Girls State Chairman (Major Dennis Kellen,...
11/13/2019

Post 2001 Commander (Major Scott Morse, USAF, Retired) and Post 2001 Boys and Girls State Chairman (Major Dennis Kellen, USA, Retired) served as the honor guard at Legacy Elementary School during their annual Veterans Day celebration on November 11, 2019.

11/12/2019

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Veterans Day weekend, taking time to celebrate with comrades, family members, friends and others. While I believe that every day should be Veterans Day, the brotherhood and sisterhood we find every Nov. 11 is truly special. Take the time to check on your buddies, family and loved ones.

Commander Post 2001

Concert at Rockridge High School!!FREEDOM ISN'T FREE - A MUSICAL JOURNEY TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANSWhere: Rockridge High Sc...
11/12/2019

Concert at Rockridge High School!!

FREEDOM ISN'T FREE - A MUSICAL JOURNEY TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS

Where: Rockridge High School
43460 Loudoun Reserve Dr
Ashburn, VA 20148
United States

When:
Friday, November 15, 2019, 7pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 2pm

Purchase your tickets:
https://rrpa.booktix.com/

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A Must See Performance for Music Lovers, History Fans and the 99% of civilians who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our Nation's Military Troops, Veterans and their Families!

Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free is a dynamic and inspirational musical journey of the men and women who have fought the nation’s wars and how those same men and women, as veterans, have helped to shape the nation and its destiny. And for the first time ever, high school students and veterans alone are joining together to make this music and story come alive onstage!

Powerful story telling presented by the Rock Ridge Performing Arts program combined with compelling images set to musical compositions, will be performed by Rock Ridge Sings Choirs and the renowned West Point Alumni Glee Club . Together, they take the audience on a tour from the start of Johnny Vet’s journey with “the shot heard round the world” in 1775 to the present day era of the Global War on Terror.

The book written by columnist and historian Captain Douglas Cohn, USA (Ret) and Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA (Ret) accompanies the original scores and popular songs of each era, Johnny Vet explores the true nature of these heroes in our midst: Who they are, where they come from, the burdens they carry on and off the battlefield, the unique burdens their families shoulder, particularly while they are deployed, and the issues they face when it’s time to come home and take off the uniform. The journey will also demonstrate the vast contributions these veterans and their families have made and continue to make to the nation in their civilian communities.

Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free is a production of Opus One Studios and has been funded through the generous support of our sponsors. It benefits the work of Code of Support Foundation, which, through its programs, provides critical one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans and their families who are struggling with their transition into our civilian communities.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is shared by Ashburn Legion Post 2001 for the benefit of veterans, service-members and their families. The information is provided by a third-party. Post 2001 has no direct responsibility with outside organizations.

#JohnnyVet
#RockRidgeSingsChoir
#WestPointAlumniGleeClub

Veterans Day Event at J Michael Lunsford Middle.  Today’s event was a huge a success, which honored our veterans who s...
11/12/2019

Veterans Day Event at J Michael Lunsford Middle. Today’s event was a huge a success, which honored our veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans also has the opportunity to talk to the students about their service. Lunsford's faculty strongly believes that it is essential to teach students the values and morals of our service.

Comrades Eric Lohmann, Herbert Valle, and Ken James volunteered in the event.

#VeteransDay
#Honor

Veterans Day Event at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School. Today’s event was a huge a success, which honored our veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans also had the opportunity to talk to the students about their service. Lunsford's faculty strongly believes that it is essential to teach students the values and morals of our service.

#VeteransDay
#Honor

Hand Salute! Attention to orders! I am proud to announce my uncle Bert received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal this e...
11/11/2019

Hand Salute! Attention to orders!

I am proud to announce my uncle Bert received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal this evening. My uncle is a WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Philippines. Though my uncle was not able to received the award himself, his daughter (my cousin) Veronica received the award for him at MGM National Harbor.

On the eve of Veterans Day, I am proud of our military service in the Valle family. My cousin Norbert Valle served in the U.S. Navy, my eldest brother Mario Valle served in the U.S. Army, my nephew/godson Mark Valle is currently serving in the U.S. Army, and I served in the U.S. Navy.

And it was just a couple weeks ago, I received the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for Veteran Employee of the Year Award for 2019, by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

We honor all our veterans!

#ProudMilitaryTradition
#CongressionalGoldMedal
#DistinguishedServiceAward

Hi all, in support of Veterans Day, WUSA 9 and USO-Metro will host their annual Turkeys for Troops Telethon today starti...
11/11/2019

Hi all, in support of Veterans Day, WUSA 9 and USO-Metro will host their annual Turkeys for Troops Telethon today starting at 9 am! You can also watch me and view my veterans story on Channel 9 tomorrow at 12 noon and 6 pm.

Please make a donation! Did you know that one $50 donation can provide a Thanksgiving meal for an active-duty junior enlisted military family of six!

Tune in to WUSA Channel 9 on Veterans Day, November 11, 2019 for the WUSA Turkeys for Troops Telethon! USO-Metro volunteers, sponsors and special guests will be LIVE in the studio at 9:00 a.m., Noon, and throughout the evening news.

Click here to make a donation:
https://www.classy.org/campaign/2019-turkeys-for-troops-telethon/c248059

Visit wusa9.com/turkeysfortroops for more information about the Telethon.

#TurkeysForTroops

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps!  “…On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Con...
11/10/2019

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps!

“…On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name Marine…By deed and act from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, from Inchon to the Korean Armistice, in interventions from Lebanon to the Dominican Republic, from the opening battles in Vietnam to the Mayaguez rescue, from interventions in Grenada, El Salvador and Haiti to the defense of Kuwait, from Iraq to Afghanistan, Marines have continued to epitomize those qualities which are their legacy. The success which they have achieved in combat and the faith they have borne in peace will continue.”

Let us wish all of our U.S. Marines, the “Soldiers of the Sea,” and their families, a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” this weekend!

#SemperFidelis

Veterans Day. In 1926 Congress declared November 11 as the date to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War I. ...
11/09/2019

Veterans Day.

In 1926 Congress declared November 11 as the date to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1938 Congress passed an act that named the day Armistice Day and made it a legal holiday.

In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledged there had been two other conflicts since 1926 (World War II and the Korean War), and changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day. He called upon all American citizens to observe November 11 as Veterans Day and said:

“On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain. I also direct the appropriate officials of the Government to arrange for the display of the flag of the United States on all public buildings on Veterans Day.”

Remember – Veterans Day honors ALL veterans, both dead and living. It’s a day to honor all who have served in the military and a great opportunity to say “thank you” to all our veterans and their families.

#VeteransDay2019

The Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board (LCCVEB) will be presented with a Proclamation from the Loudoun C...
11/07/2019

The Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board (LCCVEB) will be presented with a Proclamation from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to mark the LCCVEB’s 1st Anniversary.

#LCCVEB
#1stAnniversary

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The Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board (LCCVEB) will be presented with a Proclamation from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to mark the LCCVEB’s 1st Anniversary.

#LCCVEB
#1stAnniversary

www.lccveb.com

The mission of LCCVEB is to coordinate a strategic response to the needs of Loudoun County Veterans and their families through community outreach and advocacy. The Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) Model, a MyVA Community initiative from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, enables veterans, advocates, service providers, veterans and stakeholders in identifying their community goals, and work to resolve issues at the local level to improve service delivery for veterans, families, caregivers, and survivors.

This evening, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, VFW Post 1177 of Loudoun County recognized Tom Grant, County Veteran Services...
11/07/2019

This evening, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, VFW Post 1177 of Loudoun County recognized Tom Grant, County Veteran Services Coordinator, for his meritorious & distinguished service to veterans.

#MeritoriousAndDistinguishedService

This evening, Wednesday, November 6, 2019, VFW Post 1177 of Loudoun County recognized Tom Grant, County Veteran Services Coordinator, for his meritorious & distinguished service to veterans.

#MeritoriousAndDistinguishedService

11/06/2019

All,

You are all invited to a special event regarding our Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board (LCCVEB).

What: The LCCVEB will be presented with a Proclamation from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to mark the LCCVEB’s 1st Anniversary.

Where/When: The meeting will be held on Thursday, 7 Nov, at 1700 hours (5 PM) in the Board of Supervisors Board Room, Loudoun County Government Center on 1 Harrison Street, Leesburg, VA.

Why: The LCCVEB works on behalf of Loudoun County Veterans, Veterans Service Organizations and Veteran Service Providers. This is our chance to show our support for the LCCVEB and to encourage the Board of Supervisors to continue their support of Loudoun County Veterans. It is especially important that our VSOs are represented!

For details and/or questions, please contact Jim Mullen or Ken James, both members of the LCCVEB EXCOM.
Jim Mullen: [email protected]
Ken James: [email protected]

#LCCVEB
#1stAnniversary

On Thursday, Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10) introduced a bill in Congress to rename the downtown Leesburg post office...
11/01/2019
Wexton Proposes Naming Post Office for Norman Duncan - Loudoun Now

On Thursday, Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10) introduced a bill in Congress to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after WWII veteran and caregivers advocate Norman Duncan, who died in August at the age of 100.

https://loudounnow.com/2019/10/31/wexton-proposes-naming-post-office-for-norman-duncan/

On Thursday, Rep. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-VA-10) introduced a bill in Congress to rename the downtown Leesburg post office after

Veterans Day Discounts 2019, Free Meals, Resources Exclusive to Veterans;  Veterans Day, Week, and Month Veteran Resourc...
10/31/2019
Veterans Day Discounts 2019, Free Meals, Resources Exclusive to Veterans - VAntage Point

Veterans Day Discounts 2019, Free Meals, Resources Exclusive to Veterans; Veterans Day, Week, and Month Veteran Resources

Veterans Day 2019 is on Monday, Nov. 11th, 2019. This Veterans Day discounts list will continue to be updated as we learn of more nationally available Veterans Day discounts, meals, or other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans. These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are aware of all resources available to them.

The sharing of any non-American Legion information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the American Legion. Verify information with the organization offering.

#VeteransDay

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67508/veterans-day-discounts-2019/

The Veterans Day 2019 list of resources, discounts, free meals for Veterans will continue to be updated. Veterans Day Discounts

On the morning of Tuesday, October 22, American Legion Post 2001 comrade Herbert Valle, received the Distinguished Servi...
10/29/2019

On the morning of Tuesday, October 22, American Legion Post 2001 comrade Herbert Valle, received the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) Veteran Employer of the Year Award for 2019, sponsored by the Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chamber of Commerce. Among the distinguished list of nominees, Herbert was truly inspired by everyone's accomplishments.

In Herbert's speech at the event, he spoke that we all must honor and respect our veterans and do as much as we can for them, but he also highlighted the importance of mentoring and developing our future leaders. Amazingly, the responses from the audience were overwhelmingly positive about developing our future leaders!

Regarding our core value "volunteerism", the guest speaker Phillip Panzarella, COO for Easter Seals, a West Point graduate, highlighted just that! He stated that we all have something to contribute and can make a positive difference in our communities. Find your passion and give back to your communities. Life is a journey which is highlighted by your passion, caring for people, continually learning, and family.

#NOVAChamber
#DSA2019
#VeteranEmployeeOfTheYearAward
#AmericanLegionPost2001AshburnVA

10/29/2019
Tops of VA 2019 Honor Flight v3

First Honor Flight (HF) - Top of Virginia (TOP) Trip -- First ever in Loudoun County, VA!

Hello everyone,

Many of you know about and have seen the delightful and memorable video that Raoul Drapeau created about our 26 Ashby Ponds Veterans who were on the first Honor Flight (HF) - Top of Virginia (TOP) trip ever staged from Loudoun County, Virginia, on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Well, great news! The video is now available to you, your family and friends through links to either tinyurl or YouTube. Both produce the same result.

Use either of these links to view the video:
https://youtu.be/dP7gq1kiRSM

https://tinyurl.com/HFLoudoun (capital letters not required)

Share them with your friends and family, and enjoy!

Also, the HF-TOV website has over 800 still pictures of your trip, Mission #9. See them at https://www.honorflight-tov.org/client-showcase.

If you have any questions about HF-TOV like donating, sponsoring, volunteering, or applying as a veteran or guardian, please check their website: https://www.honorflight-tov.org/

#SalutingOurHeroes
#InspiringOurYouth

This movie describes the Honor Flight visit on September 7, 2019 to the war memorials in the Washington, DC area.

Address

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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