The American Legion awards grant to local veteran

Maryville, Tennessee American Legion Post 13 hosted a presentation ceremony to award a $500 check to Steven Trigg of Maryville. Trigg sustained injuries while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The American Legion has partnered with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes in an effort to distribute $500,000 in grants to service members who have a 30 percent or higher disability rating as a result of injuries sustained in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. The partnership augments The American Legion’s Heroes to Hometowns program that provides assistance to severely injured veterans and their families returning home to civilian life.

“These grants are just a small token of appreciation for the sacrifices made by so many of America’s men and women in uniform,” said Thomas Palma, general manager of the coalition. “Our coalition was able to raise a lot of money from caring people but we do not have the distribution network of the American Legion.” The American Legion National Commander Marty Conatser said that the Legion is honored to participate in such a worthy project.

The American Legion, Department of Tennessee, Second District Commander Charles Talmadge presented the check to Steven Trigg on behalf of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and the American Legion.

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