The American Legion discusses WWII, the Gulf War and the 2020 Legacy Ride

Jeffrey Stoffer of the American Legion Magazine discussed the featured stories of the September edition of the publication when he appeared on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 21.

World War II: 75 years later

Stoffer said the American Legion Magazine will publish a piece detailing the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The article gives a history of the war, from its beginning, until the final surrender and end to the Second Great War.

Stoffer said the American Legion was originally torn on involvement in the war. Once the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the American Legion knew they had to throw their support behind U.S. involvement in the conflict.

The story details the highs and lows of the war. It highlights the horrors faced by soldiers such as the muddy, wet, unsanitary, poison-filled trenches the soldiers fought in. The article also honors the World War II veterans for their great sacrifice and victory that was achieved.

Gulf War vets face lasting issues

Next, Stoffer discussed a University of Minnesota study that suggest the anthrax vaccine was a major contributor to illnesses endured during the Gulf War.

Before being deployed into the Gulf War, American troops were given an anthrax vaccine. The health problems that are unique to Gulf War vets are being linked back to the vaccine.

One of the doctors involved in the study said the soldiers lack the specific genes needed to produce antibodies against the anthrax antigens.

The veterans of the Gulf War endured other hazards that have led to illness. Stoffer said these include oil-well fires, pesticide exposure and an experimental medication that was given to troops in hopes they would be protected from nerve gas attacks.

The 2020 Legacy Ride

Finally, Stoffer mentioned the Legacy Ride. It is an annual, 100-mile motorcycle ride. Due to the pandemic, the ride planned ride had to be cancelled for the safety of participants. Cancelled or not, to help the cause, you still have the opportunity to donate to the American Legion Legacy Run Fundraiser.


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