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American Legion Family

What is the American Legion Family?

American Legion Family –  not bug related but a worthwhile organization that you might qualify to join and volunteer your time.

The American Legion was chartered & incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization. Committed to mentoring youth & sponsorship of wholesome programs. In their communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, & continued devotion to their fellow service members & veterans.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives. I belong to Post/ Squadron 107 on Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. Why don’t you check us out sometime. We do charity work and sponsor a Cub Scout Pack and help a Boy Scout Troop and we would love to see you contribute your skills in helping.  

You may qualify as a Legionnaire, Son or Auxiliary member

American Legion Family

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day.

Hepatitis C (hep C) is a significant health concern for our nation’s veterans. Our proud men and women have done their part to ensure our safety, it is time we do ours and make sure they know the risks and symptoms of hep C. During Hepatitis Awareness Month (May) let’s make sure veterans are tested for hep C antibodies. Consequently we want them to know the importance of talking to their doctor.

Here are the facts:

  • First of all: Several studies suggest veterans may be at greater risk for hep C than non-veterans and as a result,
  • In 2013, over five percent of the 3.1 million veterans enrolled in the care of the Veterans Health Administration who had at least one outpatient visit and an informative hep C test result were infected with hep C.
  • Up to 75 percent of people with chronic hep C in the United States do not know they have it.
  • Approximately 70-80 percent experience no symptoms following infection.
  • Hep C is curable – which means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.

Where can a veteran learn more and get tested for hep C antibodies?

  • A doctor can administer the test and talk about confirmatory testing for those who test positive for hep C antibodies. It is important that the veteran ask specifically to get tested for hep C antibodies.
  • Since Veterans may be eligible for free hep C antibody testing through the VA. The VA also has a tremendous amount of information available about hep C.

What can you do?

  1. Most of all: You can join our campaign and ensure that veterans get the message.
  2. Share this URL and encourage others to participate by telling a veteran about hep C.
  3. Watch and “like” as everyone’s messages are blasted out simultaneously.
  4. Follow The American Legion on Facebook and Twitter and visit to learn more about The American Legion’s health care initiatives.
  5. If you are a veteran – make an appointment to get tested for hep C antibodies the next time you see your doctor!

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Why is sanitation important to controlling pest and rodents?

You’ve seen those hoarder shows and you know the reason why your home or business shouldn’t be cluttered. But why do people collect or let their homes become a cluttered mess? There are many factors in that equation but let’s just talk about those conducive conditions that let pest occupy or inhabit our homes or lives.

  • Holes or opening in walls – patch those holes
  • Picking up fruit from ground or better yet donate it a charity
  • Eliminate water sources
  • Don’t allow dog or pet food to set around
  • Clean trash can or dumpsters
  • Trim weeds
  • Don’t allow trees or bushes to touch the home or business
  • Install or make sure screens are in place
Photo by PPMA

Photo by PPMA

Do you know of any others?


Clutter and the bugs…

Clutter and the bugs…

Sanitation is the key to any commercial restaurant and should be the guiding light to any homeowner. With the spread of bed Bugs nothing has the potential to cause extreme infestations like clutter. The problem is where to begin the treatment and to be successful you must get to all the spots. I don’t care if it’s heat or steam treatment if you can’t get to where the bug is living there is virtually no chance of winning the war against these little biters. This problem extends to cockroaches and rodents as well, clutter is the enemy whether in or around your home.


  1. My theory is that if you haven’t touched the item its time to throw it out or better yet give it to a charity!
  2. Closets are not a throw and forget place.
  3. Under beds is also not a very handy place – exceptions include those little plastic cases, at least they are manageable.


  1. Never stack firewood against the home, ever!
  2. The more stuff around the home and in the yard may attract bugs, spiders and rodents.
  3. Don’t use the shed or garage as a dump site either. If you ever take anything from that area make sure it is clean before bringing it in. Bugs and rodents love to hide in that stuff.
  4. Attics – you can store boxes up there but again make sure they are empty before bringing anything inside. If you store stuff in a commercial storage facility make sure you check stuff before bringing it home.


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