The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service-members, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at nearly 1.5 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Our Organization is founded on 4 Pillars Veterans, Children, Americanism and National Security. As a post we work programs that support these pillars. Our post is very family oriented and we do activities that are more geared to inclusion of kids and spouses.
The Laramore-Osborne American Legion Post received It's initial charter in December 2016. Since that time we have provided over $100,000 is goods and services to the community. Our post is the primary resource for veterans assistance in the Royse City community. We offer free PTSD counseling and limited financial grants for veterans in financial distress. Our post has a thriving Legion Riders group and American Legion Auxiliary.
If you are veteran and looking for service opportunities then we are the right place for you.
Working towards a better tomorrow
The American began in 1919 at the end of World War 1. At that time returning soldiers were given $60 and a train ticket home. They didn't have disability benefits or healthcare. There was no home loans or college benefits. Our forefathers created the American legion to solve the issues that face our veterans.
Today we carry on that tradition of solving issues facing our veterans.
Every Member Counts
In October 2016 The Department of Texas announced that a new post would be created in Royse City. The Post quickly gathered enough members to create the post. In January 2017 National signed the Temporary charter for the new post and thus the Laramore-Osborne American Legion Post was created. Our permanent charter was in December of 2017.
The picture on the left is of our 1st meeting with our temporary charter.
By June 2018, our post had grown to 67 members. In that year we provided over $22,000 in goods and services to the community. In addition our Post was awarded 3 prestigious awards: Texas Post Excellence Award, National Post Excellence Award and the Certificate of Meritorious service. We were the only post in the state of Texas to receive all 3 awards.
By June 2019, our post had grown to 87 members. That year we provided over $42,000 in in goods and services to the community. In that year we took home the most awards in the state.
By June 2020, we had grown to 108 members. In that year we exceeded $40,000 in goods and services to the community.
Our post continues to excel in serving veterans, youth and the communities in the tri county area of Rockwall, Hunt and Collin Counties.
Spc. Tracy L. Laramore of Royse City Texas was born May 18, 1973, in Killeen, TX, to James Laramore and Fay (Gatewood) West. Everywhere he went, he had friends. At age 24, Laramore was the oldest enlistee at Fort Benning, Ga., but outperformed younger recruits to the amazement of other soldiers. Tracy was a life long member of the sons of the American Legion Sq. 223. He joined the Army in 1999, serving in Colorado, Korea, Germany, and Kosovo before deploying to Iraq. Tracy was an avid collector of Citadel Miniature War Hammers, and an artist, specializing in comic characters.Tracy passed away in Iraq while serving his country in the U.S. Army. His Bradley Fighting Vehicle went over an embankment and flipped over in a river in Baji, Iraq.
Jerod Heath Osborne, age 20, was born February 23, 1990, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, TX, He was on active duty as a combat medic in the 82nd Airborne stationed there. Jerod graduated from Rockwall-Heath High School in 2008, after spending his senior year preparing to go into the Army to become a medic. Jerod began his Army career in boot camp in Ft. Leonard Wood, and then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne. He transferred to Ft. Benning, GA, for Airborne training. He died July 5 2010 in Yakuta, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
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