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Legion Riders USO Run
In April, Post 598 Le-gion Riders held their 3rd an-nual run to benefit the USO.The United Service Organiza-tion was organized in 1941 tohelp soldier morale during theimpeding World War II. TheUSO now has over 160 loca-tions around the world andserves over 5 million visitorsevery year.On their run, the Le-gion Riders had about 250 reg-istered participants and raised$4800 specifically for the ElPaso USO. Legion Rider Daniel Chavez, Army Ret., a 25year veteran who served withthe 82nd Airborne, spoke onthe post's behalf: "We had asuccessful run and participationfor all the El Paso posts. Weeven had Legion Riders comedown from Arizona just for thisrun."When asked what theUSO meant to him, he was veryappreciative of their efforts for soldiers. "I remember a socialthat they organized in Giebel-stadt, Germany. They broughtin singers and dancers. Theyhad tents with soup, ice cream.They had places where you can play video games and otherswhere you could take a nap. Itwas a nice feeling of being ap- preciated."The Legion Riders, made en-tirely of military veterans, arecontinually working for the ElPaso community. Probablytheir biggest effort is their Thanksgiving turkey dinner giveaway in the colonias in eastEl Paso County. Last year, theyserved a package with a fullturkey dinner for about 200families. Some were even takendirectly to the family's homesvia a parade of Riders.Daniel Chavez wanted to per-sonally address the participantsof their run: "Thank you for supporting the USO and every-thing they do for soldiers."
Story and photos by Ricky Jimenez Carrasco