Nov. 13, 2023

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On the third Friday of each month, veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents, can meet with a veteran specialist from the American Legion. Our veteran specialist has a direct tie into the federal government and can assist with a range of issues including compensation, pensions, death benefits, mental health, education, healthcare, and many other services. Please call our office at 570-902-4082 to schedule your appointment.
Honoring Those Who Serve

My office, and the Mountain Top American Legion Post 781, recently hosted the Hometown Hero Banner Dedication Ceremony. The event paid tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The ceremony was attended by over 100 community members and featured powerful speeches, moving tributes, and patriotic performances.

Citations were also presented to three distinguished veterans:

Felix Rushinski, Jr. served in the 25th Infantry in Vietnam. He was wounded while on patrol and spent three months in a hospital in Japan. When he returned to the states, he was stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia (now Ft. Moore) as a drill instructor. Sargeant Rushinski is a Purple Heart recipient.

Raymond Samolis was an infantry rifleman in World War II. He was deployed to Taipan, Saipan and Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Ray is the longest serving member of Post 781.

Robert Leitner served in the 8th Army Signal Corps in Yokohama, Japan during the second World War. He achieved the rank of Corporal.

That evening, I also unveiled the hometown hero banners, a visual tribute to the servicemen and women who answered the call to serve, protect, and defend our nation. In my remarks, I mentioned that the banners are more than fabric and grommets – they are a visual tribute to the men and women who served our country – those who answered “yes” to the call to serve, protect, and defend our great nation.