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Spencer American Legion Post Leads District In Growth

The Spencer American Legion Post 207 has seen a revival over the past year.

Twenty-three new members have joined since last summer, which leads the Upper Cumberland District. Commander Hansel Moore said the post was on the brink of closing about three years ago, but membership is now healthy.

“One of the things that we have been successful in is bringing in the next generation,” Moore said. “There are a lot of veterans from the Cold War in the 1980’s through current, and we are creating an atmosphere and home for them, as well.”

Moore said member presence in the community has played a large role in recruitment efforts. Moore said last year, the post conducted 75 community service projects.

“If you look to see what the mission of the American Legion is, if you describe it in one word it would be about community,” Moore said. “We continue to serve. We serve fellow veterans, but we also serve the community.”

Fifteen new members have joined just this year, which already exceeds the yearly goal. Post 207 currently has 65 members.

“I do kind of see a resurgence in local post,” Moore said. “In particularly in Middle Tennessee as we come together and share resources and share the vision of the American Legion.”

Moore became commander about two years ago. Since then, he has added telehealth services and lead the work for a new office that focuses on veteran employment.