Two American Legion posts in Chicot County are seeking new members after a recent act opened membership in the organization to even more veterans.

American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad and several other Legionnaires joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office recently for the signing of an act that affects up to 6 million veterans in the United States.

This act called the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) opens up the membership to all honorably discharged veterans. Prior to the signing of this act, only those that served in a period of war were eligible to join.

Opportunities for family members to be eligible for the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion also opened. The Legion has several scholarships available too. To check eligibility go to

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.

At this time, there are two American Legion Posts in Chicot County. In Lake Village, the W.T. Cokley Post 7 is at 216 N. Cokley St. Contact Post Adjutant Jerry Williamson at 870-265-1205. In Dermott, the American Legion Post 65 is at 107 E. Iowa. Contact Rufus Thomas at 870-538-5430.

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