American Legion in Nacogdoches wants a permanent home

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - American Legion, Post 86 in Nacogdoches is homeless. They meet in a borrowed building, but want a place of their own.

" I've been from Alaska to Brownsville and this is one of the very few places I've ever seen that doesn't have a home for the American Legion," said American Legion post 86 member, Larry Kudro.

The most influential veterans organization in the United States was chartered in 1919. The Nacogdoches Chapter was established just three years later. Yet, no one really knows about one of the oldest posts in the United States.

"We need visibility in order to get anything done here, said Vice Commander, Herman Gibson, of American Legion Post 86. If not, we're going to be 5 or 6 old guys that shoot the bull for 30 minutes and then go home."

These veterans want more. They want a lodge.

"We are looking for a patriotic citizen to donate a few acres of land so that we can build this lodge for the American Legion, for ourselves, and for future vets and for the Afghan vets," said Gibson.

The lodge will be made from logs, donated by Gibson's company, Logmasters.

"And the top here will be round. The bottom will be flat," said Gibson.

No contractors are necessary. That's a job for new members.

"Those are the guys that will do for the themselves. That's some of the better, best therapy in the world when you do things for yourself," said Gibson.

Money will be needed along the way. Fortunately, there's a good cook in the bunch.

"We're going to build from raw steel," said Gibson. "We're going to build a trailer. A concession trailer, right here where we build our sawmills."

The goal is ambitious. These guys are confident it can be reached once they make it over that first big obstacle in finding a place to build.

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