March 14, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 47

National president visits Cheney

American Legion Auxiliary leader Peggy Thomas speaks at dinner about homelessness, membership

For American Legion Auxiliary national president Peggy Thomas, taking care of U.S. military veterans boils down to one, simple fact.

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John McCallum
National American Legion Auxiliary president Peggy Thomas (right) accepts a check for $100 for the Auxiliary’s Children of Warriors Program from Cheney Auxiliary chapter member Helen Boots (far left) during Thomas’ appearance in Cheney last Friday. Washington state Auxiliary president Hanny Elston is in the background.

“These are warriors,” Thomas said in an interview after her appearance at a dinner last Friday night at Cheney’s American Legion Hall. “We made them what they are. You can’t just forget about them.”

Thomas addressed a gathering of representatives from local American Legion and Auxiliary districts during a visit last week to Washington state. The 31-year member of the 800,000-plus women’s organization dedicated to supporting the main organization...

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