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Sons of the American Legion re-roof medical closet

Courtesy photo Above, in Front, Sons of the American Legion Squad 71 Commander Randy Bruntjens hands up another sheet of roofing to other S.A.L. members on the top of the medical loan closet next to the Gladstone American Legion Post.

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone August Mattson Squad 71 of the Sons of the American Legion has made a $4,000 donation in materials and labor to the Post 71 Medical Loan Closet for a new roof in Gladstone.

“Our group was looking for a great way to give back to the Legion post and medical loan closet and thought this was a great way to help with a new roof as the old one was Leaking and in need of repair. The Son’s rolled up thier sleeves and went to work with dismantling the old roof and replacing the wooden and asphalt shingles with a metal one. The metal roof supplies were donated by Legion 71 Member Barry Holm,” said Son’s Commander Randy Bruntjens.

American Legion, Son’s and the Women’s Auxiliary of Post 71 maintain the medical loan closet, which was inspired by a need to help local veterans and the elderly of the community. For over 40 years, August Mattson Legion Post 71 of Gladstone has maintained the medical loan closet. For those in need of medical equipment, such as shower chairs, walkers, canes, commodes, transfer benches and wheelchairs, the Legion will provide the item on loan for as long as it is needed at no cost.

The medical loan closet allows those in need to borrow and test wheelchairs, walkers, and a variety of other adaptive devices on a short-term basis. Borrowing equipment can help individuals select the best option for them before purchasing their own equipment. It also fills the gap during temporary periods of need.

All the Legion requires is that the borrower sign a paper stating what they are borrowing. All of the Legion’s equipment has been donated by individuals in the community. The program would not exist without the donation of gently used equipment and monetary donations for repairs.

The Sons of the American Legion was founded in 1932 for preserving the American Legion traditions and programs while improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

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