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May/June 2022 Newsletter


Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends,

We hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your family members healthy and doing well. We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars:

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

We were fortunate to have the Wilson County VSO Zabrina Seay will answer veteran’s questions and addressed others with their claims. She will come back to the MJSAC on 31 May 2‐5 pm and address more claims for our members.

We had two guest speakers from Meals on Wheels. Mrs Cynthia Brown, 615‐574‐9927 and Mrs Dottie Critchlow from Meals on Wheels. They work out of the @ Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center and solicit help…

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Assembly of Flags for Honoring America’s Flag, tomorrow, 12 May 0900, @ the Britt’s home.


All 281 members,

We need a strong turnout of volunteers tomorrow for assembling the flags used in our Honoring America’s Flag event, at Nancy and Barry Britt’s home.    


Address for the Britt’s home is: 291 Quill Road, Mt. Juliet, with a 0900 show time.    It’s indoor work, and typically a good time of camaraderie.  Come join us!      

Mission BBQ @ tonight’s Post 281 meeting.


Notice for all Post 281 members and all Veterans who would like to attend.   


Once again, the wonderful folks at Mission BBQ  at Opry Mills are providing food for tonight’s meeting at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, starting at 6:00 PM.  Our Commander, and his Commander (Gloria), are adding to the meal and bringing dessert too.  All attending tonight will be assured to have plenty to eat.   If you’ve thought about inviting a guest veteran to attend with you, here’s a great and tasty opportunity.   


March/April 2022 Newsletter


Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. We hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your family members healthy and doing well. At our next regular meeting on 12 April, we will be voting on new Officers for our Post for the coming year. We will accept additional nominations up until the call for the vote to take place. Following members were nominated, most by  outgoing officers, from those in attendance on 8 March 2022, and agreed to serve if approved. Members cannot nominate themselves.

  • Commander Max Wix (to remain)
  • 1st Vice Commander Dan Walker
  • 2nd Vice Commander Robert Hibbett
  • Adjutant Shawn Taylor
  • Finance Officer Stephen Iles (to remain)
  • Service Officer Mike Faoro
  • Chaplain David Hale
  • Sgt at Arms Elliot Tadych
  • Historian TBD

On 8 March meeting, we had two Guest Speakers, Dan Walker, Wilson County 10th District Commissioner and Phil LaPrad, Mobility Chairmen from the Murfreesboro Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 1089 Dan Walker spoke on the current state of Wilson County and presented a number of projects being worked on. Commissioner Walker’s topics included Budget Items; American Rescue Plan  Grant Funds; Employee Pay Plan Review; School Board Land Approval of the purchase of a 110-acre school site at Double Log…

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day 29 March 2022

vietnam memorial veterans



Dear Post 281 Members and Veteran Friends, 

It is a day America has set aside to respect our Vietnam Veterans. For those who answered the call when their country needed them, who bravely fought in foreign lands, we all sincerely say “Welcome Home.”

All Vietnam Era Veterans get a FREE Sandwich

on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

If you’re among those who served during the Vietnam era—whether in Vietnam, on foreign soil, or here domestically—or if you know someone who has, please mark your calendars. Stop in any MISSION BBQ on March 29th and bring your Vietnam Veteran Hero. We hope to see you next week!

Proudly Serving Those Who Serve,
Your Friends at MISSION BBQ

Phil LaPrad, VVA Mobility Chairman



Phil Laprad, Mobility Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans of America, (VVA) Chapter 1089 of Rutherford County, is a veteran who is serious about continuing to serve his country, his community, and fellow veterans. 

Phil and his crew install chair lifts, exit/entry ramps,  handicap ramps and chair lifts for vehicles, handicap beds and bathroom aids, and assemble hospital beds in homes.  Phil also services used mobility scooters and installs vehicle carriers.  He also helps maintain handicap equipment with follow-on servicing for veterans and their family members who cannot qualify for service by the VA. It may be a temporary solution, but if nothing else he’ll do what he can until the VA can take over.  Phil and his crew also collect older mobility equipment, like beds and ramps, and services them to be used by another veteran.  Often, Phil and his crew provide help to veterans before the VA can get the approval process.   

There is no cost to veterans.  


His group is from VVA Chapter 1089, Murfreesboro.  He has 2 or 3 volunteers who help.  Phil came and gave a presentation about his work a few years ago to our post.  As a result, Post 281 members donated over $300 out of their pocket to help in purchasing wiring, nuts, screws, and bolts used to rebuild electric motors and batteries.

Phil has agreed to come and visit us on 8 March at our next post meeting.  Phil is planning to bring one of his helpers too.  If you know of veterans who are in need of his talents and skills, contact us through our link on the website and we will endevor to connect the dots for them.   Also, plan on coming to our meeting next month and meet him.  

January/February 2022 Newsletter

Update From Commander Max Wix

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. 

We hope that this newsletter finds you and your family members healthy and doing well.

On 8 and 9 January, Adjutant Ward, Service Officer Hibbett, member Mike Moss and I participated in the Tennessee Department Midwinter Conference held in Murfreesboro. We took part in various sessions of being presented. Our Adjutant Terry Ward is also the current TN Department Oratorical Chair. He presented the upcoming Oratorical Contest details for attendees.

This coming post meeting will feature guest speaker Robert Millon, Director of Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (aka Pegram). Director Million will provide information about how veterans and spouses can pre-register for burial at Veterans Cemeteries…

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Mayfield, Kentucky American Legion Post 26 Donation

Legion Post 281 Members and Friends, 

All of you know about the devastation that occurred in Mayfield, Kentucky last month, just before Christmas, resulting from the tornadoes. American Legion Post 26 of the town of Mayfield was deeply affected.  Their building was all but destroyed along with the rest of the downtown area.  As you would expect of former military guys and gals, the members of that post have united to serve affected members and the many citizens that were deeply impacted, while they personally attempt to recover as well. I am proud to report that many Legion posts from across the country have donated as well. 

My Uncle Darrel Snow, a Korean War era veteran, was a member of American Legion Post 26 of Mayfield.  I proudly wore my American Legion service cap at his funeral and teared up when I offered a final salute to an uncle and fellow veteran as he reported to “The Post Everlasting”.   He was a proud American.   As with all veterans, we share a bond of dedication to our country, our communities, and to each other. 

We, members of the Mt. Juliet American Legion Post 281, want to reach out and offer our empathy to the community, so we are giving a cash donation of $500 to Legion Post 26 of Mayfield, to be given to whomever the Post deems to be in need.  Other members from Post 281 of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee are donating additional sums, as well.  If anyone would like to join us, for whatever amount, please let me know via Facebook private message, or through our website “contact us,” and I’ll add it to our total donation.  

I’m taking a check to Post 26’s Commander this coming week.  I know he will be grateful for whatever is given.