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American Legion Post in West Hartford Adopts 'No Smoking' Policy

Decision made based on a survey of Post members.

Ken Hungerford, American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 Commander. Contributed photo.
Ken Hungerford, American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 Commander. Contributed photo.

The American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 of West Hartford has announced that it will implement a 'no smoking' policy throughout the Post effective Jan. 1, 2014.

As a private club, the American Legion was allowed to keep its smoking policy in place.

But the post decided to revise its policy based on a survey conducted among Post 96 members during the last year, according to a press release.

“We are following other American Legion Posts in Connecticut who have adopted a similar policy of no smoking,” Post Commander Ken Hungerford said.

With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, the American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs.

Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.

The American Legion of West Hartford is open to military veterans who have served honorably during a wartime era and military personnel currently on active duty. Further information is available at www.post96.org, 860-233-9029 or visit Hayes-Velhage Post 96 at 45 Raymond Road, West Hartford.

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