New post is a place for veterans to feel like family

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Students, staff, faculty and alumni at Grand Canyon University who are active-duty personnel and military veterans now have access to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post that is community and family oriented.

By Karen Fernau
GCU News Bureau

American Legion Post 43 wants you.

Or, more accurately, the newly established Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter at Grand Canyon University is recruiting veteran students, staff, faculty and alumni for a revamped post more oriented to community and family.

Tiffany Doree

“We are looking for those who want to change the stigma of American Legion as just a place for retired military to get together and drink,” said Tiffany Doree, Post 43 financial officer and a junior nursing major at GCU.

The post is only one of two on college campuses nationwide, said Doree, who spent seven years as a cryptologist in the U.S. Navy.

Although GCU’s Post 43 has yet to adopt its goals, the chapter is committed to being more than just a social club. Members will roll up their sleeves and volunteer in the community.

“This is what many of us did while we were in the military and now want to do with the post,” she said.

The GCU post recently was recommissioned from an inactive chapter that held occasional meetings in nearby homes of its members.

According to the new Post 43 board, the Legion’s four pillars complement University values. The pillars include veterans affairs and rehabilitation, national security, patriotism, and children and youth.

The post is open to GCU active-duty personnel and veterans of all branches of the military.

Annual registration is $35. To register, contact Doree at the Veteran Affairs Office in Building 18 or tif.doree@gmail.com

“We want the post to be for military and their families,” she said. “The connection we make in the military is something we keep for the rest of our lives.”

Contact Karen Fernau at (602) 639-8344 or karen.fernau@gcu.edu.


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