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Local veteran envisions new American Legion


Last updated 8/26/2021 at 10:37am

Scott Davis | Cheney Free Press

American Legion Post 72 Commander Mitch Hankel envisions a revamped location with capacity and ability to host events such as dances and recreational family activities.

CHENEY - One of the oldest American Legion Posts in the country is getting a facelift in downtown Cheney thanks to the efforts of a small, dedicated staff of volunteers.

"It's been really difficult because of Covid to try and keep the doors open and keep the bills paid and everything. I want the community to know we're still here, we're open," Commander Mitch Hankel said.

In recent years, fraternal veteran organizations have fallen victim to declining enrollment due alienation of younger servicemembers, according to a Military Times article written in March. Hankel wants to change that in C...

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