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AMERICAN LEGION POST 156 ORANGE, VA

At American Legion Post 156, our mission is to provide support for our veterans, our defense, our youth and our patriotic values. We want to strengthen America through personal guidance and assistance for veterans, active duty military personnel, their families and the communities they live in. Help comes as cash grants, donated goods, disaster relief, labor, networking, volunteerism, benefits assistance, career assistance, comfort for the recovering, family support, homeless veteran outreach and more.

Post Officers

Commander:                   Alan Drinkwater 434 - 249 - 6897

1st Vice Commander:     Vacant

2nd Vice Commander:    Vacant

Finance Officer:              John Threlkeld 540 - 672 - 8029

Adjutant:                         Glenn Forney 540 - 672 - 8974

Service Officer:               Vacant

Chaplin:                          Ronnie Hogston 540 - 672 - 2449              

Sergeant at Arms:           Vacant

Historian:                        Vacant

Facebook:                       Glenn Forney 540 - 672 - 8974

Webmaster:                     Joe Hayes 540 - 854 - 5364

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ABOUT US

Here at American Legion Post 156 we are not just a place where a bunch of old guys sit around telling stories and drinking beer.  In fact, Post 156 does not serve alcohol.  It does allow members who wish to drink alcohol to bring their own. The post is open to members and their guests every Thursday for a meal and camaraderie. The third Thursday of each month features our post meeting where we discuss the current state of the Post and plans for upcoming events and community activities.  The meeting starts at 7 PM. So, if you are a veteran who has served anytime since December 7th, 1941 and received an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions, you are eligible for membership.

American Legion

Post 156

341 Newton Street

Orange, VA 22960

Interested in joining Post 156? Goto www.legion.org/join or come to our next meeting, it is usually the third Thursday of each month at 7PM. 

 

email us at OrangePost156@gmail.com

Our Programs
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Post 156 sends students from Orange County High School to Virginia Boys State and Virginia Girls State every year.  The Post pays $500 for each boy and $500 for each girl we send. These events allows the selected students to learn politics through the election process for the various offices of the mythical 51st state.  These two separate programs are week-long activities in which participants are chosen through  coordination with counselors at the High School. More information can be found at the links below.

Due to recent increases in the cost for Girls State and Boys State, the Post is looking for local sponsors to help offset the cost of sending our local students. We want to recognize and thank the UNITED BANK of MECHANICSVILLE, VA  for sponsoring two boys in 2023.

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Sorry no photos of our girls available!

top row : Jackson Hamilton, Jude Melton, Francisco Rodriguez
middle row: Christian Kowasi
c, Anthony Dominguez
front row: Kamden Hamilton.

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American Legion Baseball

 Post 156 restarted the Baseball Program last year and we are in need of coaches for the summer of 2024.  We are also looking for local sponsors to help us give our youth an option to play at a reasonable cost.    Our goal is to field a Junior and Senior team  this year.

Our 2023 season is over, the Orange team finished with a very respectable 7-4-1 record, the White team was winless but gained valuable experience as they were a very young squad.  We learned some lessons and are hoping that most of the boys will return this year to build on what we have started last year.

 

Interested in coaching or sponsoring a team this year?  Contact Joe Hayes at OrangePost156@gmail.com

or 540 854 5364.

 Post 156 is a proud supporter of Troop 14, which is one of the oldest, continuous chartered Troops in the country. Anyone interested in  joining or volunteering in this proud tradition is encouraged to contact Glenn Forney at 540 672-8974.

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Find us on Facebook @ OrangeTroop14

Motorcycle Club
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The Post 156 Legion Riders are looking for new members.  

If you're interested contact Glenn Forney at 540 672-8974

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Upcoming Events

Memorial Day

July 22, 2023

The Orange Post 156 will be partnering with Young's Backwoods Racing to hold a fundraising event for the Post

 

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Oratorical Scholarship Program

There are 5 rounds to the competition; 

Round 1 was held at Post 156 here in Orange. We awarded $600 for first place to Francisco Rodriguez. He represented Orange in the District 13 contest.

 

Round 2 the District level, was held at Post 156 in Orange on January 26th Francisco Rodriguez is our District 13 winner and represent us in the Regional Contest.

Round 3 was the Regional level, held at the Springfield Post 176 on 10 February. Our representative, Francisco Rodriguez finished third, representing Post 156 and District 13 very well.

Round 4 will be the State or Department level, held at Portsmouth on 1 March.

Round 5 will be the Nationals held in Hillsdale Michigan May 17-19. The American Legion will pay transportation and hotel costs for the participant and a legal guardian.

For more information please go to legion.org/oratorical

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Services
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Hall Rental Information 

Interior hall, center stage
interior hall front entrance

$500 A DAY FOR FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

$200 A DAY FOR MONDAYS THRU THURSDAYS.

ALL HOLIDAYS ARE AT WEEKEND RATES.

$100 OF RENTAL FEE IS NEEDED TO RESERVE THE DATE AND IS NONREFUNDABLE.

$250 SECURITY DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RENTALS. THE SECURITY DEPOSIT WILL BE RETURNED IF THERE ARE NO REPAIRS OR CLEANING REQUIRED.

We only accept payments in cash, check or money order

THE LEGAL CAPACITY OF THE HALL IS 200 PERSONS.

RENTAL INCLUDES KITCHEN, 14 SIX FOOT TABLES, 16 EIGHT FOOT TABLES AND 200 CHAIRS.

NOTE: For members of Post 156, with a 1 year membership credit. Rental Fees are half of the listed rates above.

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Center Stage

Front Entrance

interior hall, kitchen

Kitchen

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Hall to the right

Hall to the left

Corner bar

For reservations please contact Alan Drinkwater at 434-249-6897 or email him at AlanDrinkwater434@gmail.com

                          Flag Disposal  

Do you have old flags that need to be retired? Our Flag "mailbox" at the Orange Visitor Center has been fully restored, thanks to Glenn Forney.  Please bring your old flags there for proper disposal.  

 

                  Need a new flag?

      3x5 =$35

      5x8 =$45

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Need Help With your VA Benefits? Or just need help, let us know.

  We are here to help, if you are a veteran please call Post 156 Commander, Alan Drinkwater at 434 249-6897 if you are having problems getting any of your VA Benefits or require any help.

  The Virginia Department of Veteran Services is also a great source for information and assistance, call them at 804 786-0286. They also have a suicide prevention Lifeline/Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

 

  If you have missed our Veteran Support Events, we have built a list of organizations that have different approaches that you may not have previously known or considered.

Suicide & Crisis LIFELINE

  Dial 9-8-8

  or text 838255

The Fallen Outdoors 

    Outdoor adventures for Veterans

    email:  va.lead@thefallenoutdoors.com

    phone: 802 238-6990

Leashes of Valor

   Service dogs 

    email: info@leashesofvalor.org

    phone:  804 633-1010

Memory Care

       Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment

​     https://www.memorycare.com/veterans/

Paws4vets

    Service dogs

    https://paws4people.org/give/nick-travis

Horse and Soul Counseling

    Equine therapy

    email: thiggins@horseandsoulcounseling.com

     phone: 540 220-1305

22 till None 

    Crisis prevention

     phone: 540 207-2409

The HEAL Foundation

     Equine therapy

     email: lisa@heal.foundation

     phone: 571 445-0221

Gold Star Mothers

     Veteran and family support

     email: nancy.stets@gmail.com

Lakeside Manual Physical Therapy

    https://lakesidemanualpt.com

     phone: 540 854-0367

Mountainside Physical Therapy

     https://mountainsidept.com

     email: mpt@mountainsidept.com

     phone: 540 987-9390

Project Healing Waters Flyfishing

     Fly fishing therapy

     email: daveward@projecthealingwaters.org

        or     mikeweiss1954@icloud.com

Angel Wings for Veterans

      Transportation assistance

      email: angelwingsforveterans.org

      phone: 888 675-1405

Addiction Support

      AddictionHelp.com

      phone: 866 788-0805

Addiction Treatment

      TheRecoveryVillage.com/resources/veterans

      phone: 866 761-1832

Purple Heart Recipient Benefits

      Link- news.va.gov/106548/purple-heart-day-and-va-be-benefits-to-recipients/

VA Disability Calculator

      veteransguide.org/va-disability-calculator 

Seniors Guide to VA Benefits

      Link- caring.com/caregivers/veterans-benefits/#va-benefits-explained

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What we have been up to.....

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JROTC AWARDS

In support of the Orange County High School JROTC, Post 156 was there to recognize the cadets!

Isaiah Hartley                            Izzy Baer                              Yoselin Castellan
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Mr. Vernon Jones receives his American Legion certificate for 50 years of consecutive service presented by Post 156 Commander Alan Drinkwater.

Vernon Jones

50 Years

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Kevin Reynolds

50 Years

Mr. Kevin Reynolds Sr receives his American Legion certificate for 50 years of consecutive service presented by Post 156 Commander Alan Drinkwater and flanked by his sons, Kevin Jr and John.

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Contact Us
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Post Commander; Alan Drinkwater

email; alan.drinkwater434@gmail.com

or phone;  434 249 6897

Our American Legion Auxiliary has been inactive but we are presently working for the return of this part of the American Legion Family at Post 156. If interested please contact Commander Drinkwater.

Sons of the American Legion; always looking for new members!

email; OrangePost156@gmail.com

American Legion Riders; Needs new members, contact Glenn Forney

Phone 540 672-8029

Interested in joining the Legion family at Post 156? Contact the folks listed above or goto www.legion.org/join, or come to our next meeting, it is usually the third Thursday of each month at 7PM. 

341 Newton Street, Orange, VA 22960, USA

email us at OrangePost156@gmail.com

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