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Military with PTSD

Military with PTSD

How one of our vets is spreading awareness and letting neighbors know about PTSD veterans and fireworks
Jon Dykes, a combat veteran, served in the Army from January 2000 to October 2010. Jon was with the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3rd Infantry Division as a Cavalry Scout Section Leader in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He deployed to Iraq four times during his ten years in the service.

Dykes, was first diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2003 after his return from his deployment during the invasion/liberation of Iraq. His unit was part of the initial push into Baghdad.

Dykes said, “I was told then that I did not have to deploy anymore, but there was no way that I was going to allow my brothers to go back and me stay home on the sidelines. The way I saw it, as long as I was deploying and fighting the enemy in their own backyard, they would be too busy to come attack my family in theirs. There was no easy deployment for us. No base or FOB. We lived among the Iraqis, moving from house to house constantly. Always surrounded and always outnumbered. I lost my very best friend in 2005 and several other great soldiers over my deployments. No exaggeration or lie. IED, small arms ambushes, and mortar/rocket attacks were a daily occurrence. Never saw a Subway, Burger King, or MWR show on my deployments. We were fighting a war and were constantly reminded of that.”

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Explosion of Kindness; “Combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks” sign by Jon Dykes and Military with PTSD is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Thursday April 10, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 pm, Early bird starts at 6:45 pm, and Regular Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. American Legion Building at the Herington Lake


BINGO starts tonight. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Early bird starts at 6:45 pm, and Regular Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. We also sell pull tabs.

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Oct. 5, 2013

*American Legion, Post 12 is sponsoring a fishing tournament, open to all ages. Tournament will be held at the old Herington Lake only. (not Herington Reservoir)
*Cash prizes will be awarded in three different categories. (One prize awarded per

1) First Fish (any species) over 12" in length.
2) Biggest Fish (any species)
3) Most Fish (any species). All fish must meet or exceed state and local legal catch and creel limitations. Multiple species will be added together for the total count, except bait fish and fish that are outside the legal catch and creel boundaries of state and local regulations.

This tournament will serve as a "double fundraiser" for the 5th Annual Military Appreciation BBQ and Operation Comfort Warrior.

Entry Fee:
$5.00 per category. You may enter 1,2 or all 3 categories. If you choose to enter less than 3 categories, you may choose which categories you wish to enter.

Pay Out:
All money collected for each category will be split 50/50 with 1 winner per category. In the event of a tie in the "Most Fish" category, the winner will be determined by total weight.

The tournament will start at 8:00 AM, Saturday, Oct 5 and end at 4:00 PM, sharp. Late weigh-ins will not be accepted.

You are welcome and encouraged to enter early, but entries will be accepted on the day of the tournament.

*All entrants must check in at the American Legion building on the morning of the tournament prior to fishing.


Effective Sept 1, 2013, ANS certification is required on the Herington lakes. The certificate is free of charge and may be obtained at More
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**Today Is American Legion Day**
On this day in 1919, Congress chartered The American Legion. Thanks to our founders for having the foresight to create this organization, and thanks to all of you for your continued membership.


*** BIKE GAMES *** Saturday September 14th at Brown's Park Abilene Kansas. All proceeds go to "Tots-For-Tots". Pay attention as here are the directions to get to Brown's Park (For Non Resident person(s)). Take K-15 Highway (Buckeye in Abilene) south out of Abilene. JUST PAST the Smokey Hill River Bridge, take a left (paved road) follow it around to the park entrance. Enter the park and ride around to the south end of this park...Look for the Bikers! Now if you are coming from south K-15 Highway into Abilene turn right JUST BEFORE the Smokey Hill River Bridge, thus follow instructions on entering park. Now here is the line up for this event. Registration is from 11:00am to Noon CST, $5.00 per person(s) even to watch, $7.00 for the meal (These folks can cook!) and $1.00 per event entered (enter as many times as you want $1.00 each time) Here are the events: SLOW RIDE..DOUBLE SLOW RIDE..TENNIS BALL CONE RACE..JOUST..WEENIE BITE..KEG TOSS..BOWLING BALL TOSS men and women..WATER BALLON TOSS......So lets come out and support this great fund raiser! I'll be there, come see me for a free Bubba Hug!!!

This Saturday..!

This Saturday..!


Okay Legion Riders...Parade information for Chapman Parade. Need to line up at/by 1:00pm at the Beemer Ball Complex (East 6th Street) Parade is at 2:00pm. We can discuss at the ride on Sunday what/where to meet to ride up to Chapman. Questions, don't hesitate to call Tim Rowe or Terry Bubba Payne


From Terry Bubba Payne:
ALR Post #12...I just found out that the 5th Annual Spirit Parade is next Friday 30 August 2013... All types of vehicles are welcome...This is the Parade to kickoff the Railer Football season...I think it would be great if we got as many riders as possible to ride this parade...Time to step up and support the hometown team!!!! Lets do this!!!...I'm in are you? Line up between 5-5:30p parade starts at 6:00pm at Community Building then all the way to the High School to the football field...Again, lets do this!!!

American Legion Post 12 Riders's cover photo

American Legion Post 12 Riders's cover photo

Chapter 12 ALR Herington Ks

Chapter 12 ALR Herington Ks

Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley
Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley

Army Spc. Nicholas B. Burley

22, of Red Bluff, Calif.; assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died July 30, in Puli Alam, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by indirect fire.

American Legion Post 12

American Legion Post 12

District IV Kansas American Legion is having two drawings for 1/2 Side of Beef. The drawing will be on 12/14/2013, You do not have to be present to win. The beef is provided by Hildebrand Farms. Tickets are a $5.00 Donation each. Please see Larry D. Mann or Mike Karen Mowat for more details.

District IV, Kansas American Legion

District IV, Kansas American Legion

SAL Members receiving certificates from Commander Gaylord Sanneman. Left to right Dennis Friedli; State Commander, Gaylord Sanneman; Terry "Bubba" Payne; Clayton Davidson


BINGO tonight Tuesday 07/02/2013, doors open at 6:00 pm, Early Bird starts at 6:45 instead of Thursday 07/04/2013. We will also have BINGO on next Tuesday 07/09/2013 instead of Thursday, 07/11/2013.


Welcome to American Legion Riders Chapter 12... of Post 12 Herington Ks! Ride On

American Legion Post 12 Riders's cover photo

American Legion Post 12 Riders's cover photo

Chapter 12 ALR Receiving the Charter at State Rally In Concordia Ks, June 22nd 2013

Chapter 12 ALR Receiving the Charter at State Rally In Concordia Ks, June 22nd 2013

ALR 12, Herington receiving their charter at the Department ALR Convention on Saturday, June 22 in Concordia. Way to go!


PO BOX 12, 501 SUn Ln Herington Lake
Herington, KS


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Join us for a terrific ride supporting a great organization! Fantastic prizes and tons of fun!