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At the February 14th Bingo Night at the Paramus Veterans Home, the Post handed out Valentine Cards that were prepared by the Hillsdale 50 Plus Club. The Valentines were  received by the residents, who appreciated being remembered.




Blue Star Banner Presentation


On January 29th, Comnmander Langner and Past Commander DeRosa presented a blue star banner to Dina Dolson, mother of 2nd Lt Joseph Dolson, U. S. Army.  Joe is a recent graduate of Seton Hall and got his commission through ROTC.  He will be deploying to a critical base in Africa and will lead a platoon providing mechanical support to security services.  Joe is a graduate of St. Johns Academy in Hillsdale and Don Bosco High School.  While the single banner was presented to Mrs. Dolson, her husband Tom mentioned that their daughter Gina is currently serving as an MP in the U. S. Army and just returned from a tour in Germany.  We will shortly replace the one star banner with a two star banner for the family.  Joe was brought to our attention by Legionnaire Harvey Heller.



Donations to the Veterans Memorial Fund

After being contacted by George DeRosa, the Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce invited American Legion Post 162 Officers to their meeting on January 8th to present the project for a new Veterans Memorial in Hillsdale's Veterans Park. Commander Langner, VC Mike Gela and George  made a presentation on the need for donations. As a result, the Chamber made a donation of $1,000 to the fund for the new Memorial, which will be educational and have five new monuments added to the existing WWI monument.  In addition, Sandra McLeod, mother of Michael McLeod USMC serving overseas, and VP of Johl Inc. Insurance Agents added a $300 donation from Johl.  The American Legion is very grateful for the generous donation to this project. Pictured left to right.  George DeRosa, VC Frank, Sandra McLeod, Commander Langner and VC  Gela.



Post 162 Continues to Supoprt the Bergen County  Veterans Backpack Program

January 15, 2019 - In the ongoing pledge and effort to support veterans in need, the Post, along with the always generous support of the Park Ridge Elks, and the Rockland Rodders Club, participated in the annual winter drive donation project organized by the Bergen County Veterans Services and Tracers Group, who collect and distribute items to veterans in need. The post donated much needed hats, gloves, thermals, underwear, and other essential items valued at several thousand dollars.  This is the second time in the last 12 months that Commander Langner and George DeRosa organized a donation.

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