Throughout the year "Veterans Strengthening America" covers the history, activities and events of American Legion Post 36 located in Fairmont MN. 

2021 Video story about American Legion Post 36

American Legion Post 36 on social media

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Mission, vision and values

The American Legion is built on a promise from men and women who swore with their lives to defend and protect the United States through military service. The promise begins at enlistment, grows through training and discipline in the U.S. Armed Forces and continues after discharge, as veterans in service to community, state and nation.

In times of crisis, The American Legion steps into the turmoil and fights to provide needed assistance for others. 

Young people who seek positive opportunities turn to The American Legion, which has mentored generations into responsible citizens.

Veterans in need of advocates to help them achieve meaningful careers, educations, health-care services, friends and stable homes are supported every day, free of charge, by The American Legion.

Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel have dedicated supporters in The American Legion. A strong and well-resourced national defense is, and has always been, a central purpose of the organization. As former troops, Legionnaires understand the importance of home-front support.

Legionnaires constantly remind communities that freedom and prosperity come with a price, a price often paid in blood. They know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They raise the money, put in the hours and bring into existence monuments and memorials to “preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars.”

The American Legion salutes the flag and asks all others to show respect for the unity, freedom and hope it represents.

Among American Legion members, there is no rank or prejudice, only purpose. A veteran is a veteran. And the purpose of veterans in The American Legion is to strengthen the United States of America through programs, services, compassion and actions that have proven vital, timeless and life-changing for over a century.

The American Legion's mission statement, as adopted by the National Executive Committee in October 2020, is:

To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion's vision statement is "The American Legion: Veterans Strengthening America.”

Meet the host of "Veteran's Strengthening America"

Steve Fosness

Steve honorably served, as an NCO (non-commissioned officer), in the U.S. Army from 1972-1976 with the 19th Military Police Battalion-4th Infantry Division and with SRM Safeguard Command. He is a 47 year member of the American Legion and serves as Commander of Lee C Prentice Post 36 and Department of Minnesota Second District Commander, which is 13 counties in SW Minnesota with 81 Posts and 6,300 veterans.
Kathy, his wife of 49 years, and Steve have three children; Karina, Andrea, Steven, and 11 grandchildren. Son Steven is currently serving, as a senior NCO instructor for combat medics, in the MN National Guard for the past 18 years and grandson Noah, 5th generation military, is serving, as an Air Traffic Controller, with the U.S. Air Force 366th Fighter Wing.
Steve retired in 2018 as an International Organizer with the IBEW-International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Steve Fosness "Lee C Prentice American Legion Post 36" Commander and host of "Veterans Strengthening America" shares the history & mission of American Legion as well as Fairmont post.

Veterans Strengthening America with host Lee C. Prentice Post 36 Commander - Steve Fosness's interview with Lee C. Prentice Post 36 Finance Officer - Jim Miller