Granby Legion post donates $1,200 to Operation Vacation |

Granby Legion post donates $1,200 to Operation Vacation

Grand County veterans are doing their part to help those soldiers who are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At its monthly meeting earlier this month at the Granby Library, American Legion Post No. 88 presented a check for $1,200 to Operation Vacation, a nonprofit organization that arranges vacations to returning Fort Carson soldiers and their families.

Accepting the check for Operation Vacation was its Grand County director DiAnn Butler of Destinations West. The organization has already sponsored seven vacations here to Grand County in the past year with another one planned later this month.

Operation Vacation, which was started in 2005 and is headquartered in Glenwood Springs, awards three-day vacation getaways to soldiers on leave or finishing tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization provides the vacations through donated funds and in-kind services.

The $1,200 contribution to Operation Vacation is just one of the donations made over the past few months by American Legion Post No. 88. It has already made $250 contributions to both the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations in the county, and has pledged a $750 contribution to a local American League baseball program.

In addition to the financial contributions, American Legion Post 88 has jointly sponsored LASSO (Legion Ace Soldier Support Operation) with Ace Hardware in Granby to send care packages to Grand County service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four packages were recently sent to Sgt. Don Ransom and Spec. Christopher Nelson, soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division serving in Afghanistan.

The stated goal of the revitalized Post 88 is to become a local service organization once again. It is currently planning a number of summertime activities.

Grand County has an estimated 2,200 veterans eligible for membership in veterans organizations such as the American Legion.

American Legion Post N. 88 will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the Granby Library.

For more information about American Legion Post 88 in Granby, contact Vice Cmdr. Hanes Dawson at 887-3847 or the post’s membership chairman Steve Pechok at (970) 531-0624.

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