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February 10, 2014

Legion Riders sponsor veterans' apartment

Legion club supports project to house homeless vets.

Members of a Logansport-based bikers’ group are sponsoring an apartment for homeless veterans — one of several going up in the area.

Since the 2010 inception of the American Legion Riders Post 60, members have hosted charity events including a riders legacy run, an annual weeklong fundraiser for scholarships and many more events to raise funds for veterans.

Members of the nonprofit group recently donated $3,000 out of its funds raised to sponsor one of the apartments at the Jackson Street Commons in Kokomo, an apartment complex providing permanent housing to homeless veterans in and around Howard County. In addition to providing critical housing needs, specific support services will be available to assist with their successful stabilization, according to the project’s website.

The group sponsored a one-bedroom apartment, which means purchasing bedding, furniture, appliances and other necessities, Mark Harmon, director of the local group, said.

The money was donated to the apartment building recently and will soon house a veteran in need. Harmon said he felt fortunate to get involved with the Jackson Street Commons apartment project.

“It will be there long after I’m gone and that fills me with honor and pride,” Harmon said. “It will be a lasting community service.”

The local group that started with 13 original members now has 36 members from different locations including Kokomo, Lucerne, Carroll County and others. Members must be part of the American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion.

Harmon first got involved to honor his father, a World War II Purple Heart veteran. Harmon said he also liked motorcycles and had a friend already in the bikers’ group.

“I think a lot of times people don’t know the cost of freedom — sometimes it costs bodies, minds and lives,” Harmon said. “To be able to give back to individuals and provide some of that freedom for them is great.”

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