It's What We Do Best

At Post 13 we strive to help Veterans every chance we can. Whether it is one individual or a group, we want to help as many veterans as possible.

 

Helping Our Own

 

Recently a member passed away very unexpectently at an early age, leaving behind some unpaid bills and rent just days away. Post 13 members quickly kicked into gear to help his wife and family stay on their feet until insurance kicked in their part.

 

Another member who is 100% disability lost his wife. She was the sole income for the family.  Again Post 13 went into action helping this veteran stay on his feet until further assistance could be gotten.

Dearborn County Veterans Treatment Court

 

Indiana is home to nearly 500,000 United States veterans.  Some veterans return home after discharge and find it difficult to transition back to civilian life, due to physical and mental wounds such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Some veterans self medicate with alcohol or drugs. Some are suicidal.

The mission of Dearborn County Veterans Treatment Court is to restore honor, rehabilitate and assist veterans in leading a productive and law abiding life, and to promote a safer and stronger community. 

Joining the Dearborn County Veterans Treatment Court means you want to improve your life by working closely with the treatment team to achieve your recovery goals, develop job skills, connect to available VA services, rebuild family and community ties, live a drug and crime free life, stabilize your living situation, and reconnect with positive veteran peers.

Post 13 Commander Bill Weisbrodt presents Judge John Cleary with a check for $1,000.00 to go towards gift cards for veterans who attend the court as Post 1st Vice Commander Mike Bedel looks on.

Post 13 believes in this process and is willing to help in any way.  Each person who appears before the court goes through a program lasting approximately 12 weeks.  Each week the veteran stands in front of the Judge along side his veteran mentor. These mentors are assign by the court and are all veterans themselves.  Each week they explain what they have done for the week and how they think they are progressing.  A treatment team made up of district attorney members, local police and sheriff deputies, as well as others sits in the jury box and listens.  After each veteran gives his account the team tells the court how they think the person is progressing.

As each veteran leaves the stand he reaches into a basket to draw an attendance gift consisting of a $15.00 gift card from local merchants.  This is to help them buy gas or other items needed for work.  The cards can not be used for alcholic drinks or other banned substances.

Upon graduation all charges are expunged from their police record.

Post 13 is honored to be able to assist with this program.  After our first visit we were very impressed with the positive way the judge, mentors, and treatment team reacted with each veteran.

Black Horse Society Scholarship Fund

Finance Officer Terry Stephens, Commander Bill Weisbrodt and Trustee Jerry Branditz present  the check to Post 13 member Don Blanton representing the Black Horse Society.

Last Fall Post 13 sponsored a horseshoe tournament for the Blackhorse Association Scholarship Program. The tournament raised over $1,300.00 for the fund.  Last month Post 13 voted to make a donation of over $1,600.00 to cover and entire $3,000.00 cost of one scholarship. 

The purpose of this program is to afford children of present or former members of the Regiment scholarship opportunities each year. A candidate must be a child or step-child of a present or former member of the Regiment.

The first selection priority is given to children who lost a parent in service of the Regiment.

The second selection priority is given to children of those incapacitated by wounds or injury while serving the Regiment.

Look for another tournament at the Post this fall.

 

Tony Seig Memorial

Every May, just before Memorial Day several members of the post spend a Saturday sprucing up the memorial garden that is dedicated to PFC Anthony (Tony) Seig who lost his life in Baghdad, Iraq September 9, 2006.  The garden is on Weisberg Rd in Weisberg Indiana and is truly an awesome site situated on Tonyís motherís property. The post donates all plants and mulch as well as many man hours keeping this tribute up to par.

The memorial is visited often by others who leave small statues and such in memory of their own sons who made the ultimate sacrafice.

Linda Seig built the memorial, which includes a manmade stream and pond fed by a water pump, to honor her son who was assigned to the 118th Military Police Company, 519th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. PFC Seig died of injuries sustained when a rocket hit his barracks.

Tony was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. His decorations also include the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

The members who volunteer every year look forward to honoring Tony annually by keeping the memorial updated. They especially enjoy visiting with his mother.

 

 

A manmade waterfall drops into a manmade stream which flows into a pond of goldfish.  The water is pumped back up the hill to feed the waterfall.

Post members as well as member's children pose after a long day of weeding and planting in honor of PFC Seig.

 

 

Holiday Food Distribution