September 23, 2021

The American Legion Grieves Loss of American Heroes

PHOENIX, Aug. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — James W. “Bill” Oxford, national commander of The American Legion, issued the following statement about…

PHOENIX, Aug. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — James W. “Bill” Oxford, national commander of The American Legion, issued the following statement about today’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan:

“As an organization of wartime veterans, The American Legion profoundly feels sorrow for the needless loss of life that occurred today. The United States has been blessed by the caliber of the men and women who served there. While we fully support their service, we recognize that nation-building is not the role for the U.S. military. It is time for us to leave and to evacuate all Americans, allies and their families as safely and efficiently as we can. We also support any efforts to strike back hard against those who committed these ruthless acts.”

About The American Legion 

The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in more than 12,000 posts across the nation. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to servicemembers and veterans.

Contact: John Raughter, Media Relations

jraughter@legion.org or 317-630-1350

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SOURCE The American Legion