Female Veterans to Get Legion Post in Kansas City

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
Independence, Mo.
6:30 p.m.

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