2007-12-14 / Community

Local Legionnaires Visit Walter Reed Medical Center

Several members of the American Legions Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 traveled to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to bring Christmas gifts to wounded soldiers. During the visit, which was arranged by Past-Post Commander, Michael Honan, the Rockaway veterans brought 12 gift bags, each containing a sweatshirt, Tshirt, an electric razor and a 300- minute phone card.

"Post members were concerned about reports that the care of our soldiers at Walter Reed was not up to par… we found a clean, well-equipped facility with a kind, dedicated, caring and friendly staff," said past Department Commander James W. Casey. The veterans spent three-and-a-half hours talking to patients and staff.

The post delegation, led by Commander Vincent J. Calimano, also gave the staff 40 additional sweatshirts and T-shirts to be distributed to wounded soldiers.

The post members also distributed gifts to those family members visiting their loved ones.

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