PRESS RELEASE American Legion Post to Help the Shallotte Area Community Wartime veterans of Shallotte have a new outlet through which to serve the community. The American Legion, the nation's largest veteran's organization, is inviting all wartime veterans in the area to join them in starting a new American Legion post to provide service to the community and veterans of Brunswick County. Wartime veterans can visit with Legion representatives at the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce building located at 114 Wall St. in Shallotte on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM. At least 15 veterans are required to form the now designated Post 550 according to American Legion by-laws. Post 550 will focus on community service and assistance to veterans, in keeping with the 98 -year tradition of the American Legion. The scope and nature of the post's community service will be determined by its members and inputs from local, civic and community officials. Since its inception on 1919, The American Legion has been an outspoken advocate for veteran's benefits, children and youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality of life issues for those serving in today's armed forces. The organization which spearheaded the original GI Bill, creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veteran Affairs and it's ascendency to a cabinet level position was also instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Home Loan.