Legion to host Wounded Warriors benefit

The Prior-Stock Post of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders of Hannibal are planning a spaghetti dinner and ride Sept. 8 to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project.

The project assists service members who have been injured in the line of duty. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the nonprofit organization  and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

More than 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in recent military conflicts.

In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

The Hannibal American Legion, located on Rochester Street, remains active in its support of all veterans with a variety of activities throughout the year.

“Our wounded warriors deserve all the support we can give them, and we hope to surpass last year’s donations of $2,700. I expect that our community and surrounding communities will donate to this very important fundraiser,” said Commander Louis Gilbert.

Planners met recently and enlisted the services of Chef Joe Ukleya to prepare his now-famous spaghetti and meatballs to be served with fresh tossed salad, Italian bread and desserts from noon until 3 p.m.

Dinners will be available for takeout, and several raffles are being planned. Live music will be provided by the band Anybody’s Guess.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by contacting Gilbert at 564-5679 or Ron Greenleaf, chairman of the event, at 564-6427.

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