New law could boost veterans organization

In this 2017 photo, Tracy Rascoe (center), then American Legion District 30 vice commander, speaks with other members of El Centro’s Legion Post 25 during a Revitalization meeting. IVP FILE PHOTO

EL CENTRO — Tracy Rascoe is hopeful a law signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday will boost membership in Imperial County’s eight American Legion posts by 100 percent or more.

Rascoe, the junior past deputy vice commander for California’s American Legion Area 5, said the new “Legion Act” expands the eligibility of former service men and women to become American Legion members. Previously, he explained, former members of the U.S. Armed Forces had to serve during one of seven federally designated periods of war. These were World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, Lebanon and Grenada, Panama, and from Desert Storm to present.

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Dawn Rascoe

Additional and supportive information: https://www.calegion.org/documents/11_things_about_LEGION_Act.pdf and https://www.calegion.org/documents/MEMO_LEGION_Act_Update.pdf

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