“Senior” Veterans Visit James R. Hickey Post 120

On Friday, May 2, 2014, James R. Hickey Post 120 hosted many “Senior” veterans from two nearby Senior Living Communities. The invitation was the result of two post officers visiting the Senior Living Communities in the area over the last two months to ensure that the veterans were aware of all the information they needed to gain what they had earned by serving our Nation. Three Senior communities were visited over the past two months and it culminated in the open-house for any and all who could find time for the get-together.  John Schlafer, Post Service Officer, David Borland, 2nd Vice Commander and Ann Guest, Post 120 Commander, greeted each of the visiting “Seniors”, welcoming them. Schlafer and Borland had created an audio/visual presentation for their “road show” to each of the Communities sharing what the Legion is, what it does and how the Post can help the veterans and their families.

Commander Guest, the former Post Historian conducted a tour of the first floor of the Post Home, sharing stories and the history of the Post and its potential. The other three floors will be left for another visit.

Ann answers questions  from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting.

Ann answers questions from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting.

Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors.
Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors by former Post Historian, Ann Guest.

Post Service Officer, John Schlafer, listens to a concern of a veteran regarding VA services.  Good listening is the beginning of problem solving.  John listened, took notes, made phone calls and the problem was solved.  Two months ago these veterans didn’t know that there was an active post in the area. Many of the veterans are reasonably new residents to our area.

The first step in problem solving is listening.

The first step in problem solving is listening.