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Byline: DENNIS McCARTHY Dennis McCarthy may refer to:
  • Dennis McCarthy (composer), (born 1945), an American composer
  • Dennis McCarthy (congressman), (19th century) Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1885
  • Dennis McCarthy MBE (radio presenter), British radio presenter

Larry Bowman wasn't going to lie. No, there aren't many teetotalers at his American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  post watching Monday Night Football “MNF” redirects here. For other uses, see MNF (disambiguation).

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Most of the guys belly up to the bar.

"I can't deny that, yeah, we drink. Bars make money," said the Vietnam veteran This article is about veterans of the Vietnam War. For the French psychedelic musical group, see Vietnam Veterans.
Vietnam veteran is a phrase used to describe someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War.
 who is one of 350 members of Reseda American Legion Post 308.

"But it's a bad rap to think that's all we do, because it sure isn't. People don't see where the money from that (bar) till goes."

They don't see the members of Post 308 and other American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in the Valley knocking on the doors of the families of troops serving overseas to make sure everyone at home is doing OK.

They don't see the guys using money from the bar to go to Home Depot The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.

Headquartered in Vinings, just outside Atlanta in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, Home Depot employs more than 355,000 people and operates 2,164 big-box
 and buy hardware to fix a broken water pipe, or write an emergency rent check or pay a utility bill for service members' families.

They don't see the gift baskets A gift basket, or fruit basket is typically a gift that is delivered to the recipient at their home or workplace. There are different varieties of gift baskets, some which have fruit only, some with dry/canned goods only (such as tea, crackers and jam) although the standard  sent to disabled vets in hospitals every holiday, or the handouts they give to homeless vets because nobody's a softer touch than another vet, says John Mika, commander of Post 308.

"The money we raise helps fund the ROTC program at Reseda High and provides transportation for any vet who needs a lift to the VA," he said.

People don't see 88-year-old War War II post member John DeCesare pick up his trumpet trumpet, brass wind musical instrument of part cylindrical, part conical bore, in the shape of a flattened loop and having three piston valves to regulate the pitch.  and join the local Elks Club band to play in veterans' nursing homes and hospitals every month.

They don't see veteran Dennis Bonczek, a bartender at VFW See Video for Windows.  Post 2323 in Granada Hills, empty the bar till so his post can host a Thanksgiving dinner The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States is a large meal, starring a large roasted turkey. All of the dishes in the traditional American version of Thanksgiving Dinner are made from foods native to North America, according to tradition the Pilgrims received these  for every staff member at Sepulveda VA.

And they don't see post members picking up the tab for a Christmas party for the VA patients, or funding a permanent war memorial in Granada Hills to honor every local soldier who didn't make it home.

The public also didn't see Desert Storm vet Harold Heineck, with the American Legion Post 377 in Sunland-Tujunga, out shopping last week for 60 aging and ill veterans in the nursing care home at Sepulveda VA.

And it won't see the post's members stopping by the home this Saturday for a personal visit to give the patients a holiday gift in addition to four long-sleeved T-shirts A long-sleeved shirt is a type of shirt, often misinterpreted as a T-Shirt, in the style of a T-shirt, which the original kind is short-sleeved, but with long sleeves. It has been an acceptable piece of fashion since the 1970s. , a 12-pack of socks, and a pair of new slippers that Heineck shopped for last week.

"If we (other vets) don't help out and visit these guys, who will? Many of them don't have any family or friends left," Heineck said.

So, Bowman's right. There is a lot more going on inside American Legion halls and VFW posts than veterans sitting at the bar having a drink and telling old war stories.

If you want to see for yourself, you're invited to stop by Reseda American Legion Post 308 at 7338 Canby Ave. this Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. for the post's annual holiday dinner and dance.

Tickets are $15, with all proceeds going to support disabled veterans and the post's ongoing volunteer programs at Sepulveda VA.

For more information, call 818-344-3800.

Dennis McCarthy's column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

dennis.mccarthy(at), 818-713-3749




The American Legion Post 308 helps support the Reseda High ROTC program. Members, left to right, Tyler Mead, 15, Dylan Wells, 15, and Walter Palencia, 17, are a few of the beneficiaries.

David Crane/Staff Photographer
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Date:Dec 11, 2007
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