KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A first for the metro's estimated 6,000 female veterans is in the making. Plans are underway to establish the first all-women's American Legion Post for the brave and dedicated women who served their country.
Currently, there are about 35,000 female vets in the Show-Me State, but in Kansas City there's not one Legion Hall exclusively for women.
Members of the St. Louis Service Women's Post #404 are now on a mission to change that.
"I am excited! I can't wait," says Shirley Janes, a past commander of the St. Louis Post.
The St. Louis Service Women's Post #404 is spearheading an effort to create what they call a "Sister Post" in the Metro Area.
Organizers say the goal is to create a more comfortable environment where female veterans can openly discuss their military service, their patriotism and a number of other post-war issues including post traumatic disorder -- even drug, alcohol and sex abuse.
On Wednesday, members of the St. Louis Service Women's Post #404 will be on hand to answer questions. Hundreds of female veterans are expected to attend an informational meeting that will include determining the name of the new, all-women's legion post, future meeting locations, constitution and bylaws.
The meeting will be held at:
American Legion Post 21
16701 East Hwy 40