The Fresno Federal 509 Family is an active chapter of the American Legion, a non-profit organization, that seeks to serve the needs of the community’s veterans and their family. As it states on their website, “It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.”
The 509 Family continuously runs programs throughout the year that help them maintain their mission of giving back to veterans in the Central Valley. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home.
The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities. Of the many ways they contribute to their community, the 509 Family also have an outstanding Honor Guard who provide military burial services for any veteran anywhere in the Valley.
Open to the public, the 509 Family hosts numerous events throughout the month, every month, such as Bingo, Karaoke Night, and Sunday Dances. Details for December’s activities can be found in the Calendar section of the Decemer Fresno Flyer issue.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation, and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. For more information on how to get involved, the Honor Guard, becoming a member, or hall rentals, call (559) 224-0522.