The American Legion, Frank G. Frainier Post 90 was chartered into The American Legion in 1948 as a patriotic organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is Los Alamos’ oldest fraternal veteran’s organization committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our community, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans which is accomplished through Post 90 access to many programs and activities to support strengthening the community and nation. The American Legion, Frank G. Frainier Post 90 is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization with political influence perpetuated by grass-roots involvement in the legislation process in local districts. Post 90 stands behind issues most important to the veterans community, backed by resolutions that are passed by volunteer leadership. Frank G. Frainier Post 90 success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the community of Los Alamos where it thrives.
Please don’t forget to visit Post 90 Activities and Upcoming Events Page.
Marshall Islands Working Group:
From 1977 to 1980, some 8,000 men, mostly Army, were sent to Marshall Islands to reclaim the islands from 44 nuclear weapons blasts so that the inhabitants could return to live. These were young men 18 to 20 years of age for the most part. They were not issued any protective gear. Over 50% of them have died, mostly of cancer and other issues that could be attributable to radioactivity.
Atomic Veterans as defined in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, who are eligible to receive compensation and treatment from the VA, are defined as those who:
- Participated in an above-ground nuclear test, 1945-1962; or
- Was part of the U.S. military occupation forces in/around Hiroshima/Nagasaki before 1946; or
- Was held as a POW in or near Hiroshima or Nagasaki (certain cases).
This means the VA has no authority to compensate or treat anyone whose exposure was after 1962, which is clearly the case with the Marshall Islands workers. In coordination with the LANL Veterans Organization and Los Alamos American Legion, We would like to create a working group to look at this issue. If you have expertise related in any way to radiation or dosimetry, You are invited to join us in looking at ways to address this issue.
Post 90 and The Legion Riders mentioned for their consistent support to the community.
Radio Interview with Ken Nadaeu:
A great interview on the Santa Fe radio with Ken “Lucky” Nadeau our ALR President. Interview starts at 20:46 on elapsed timer.
Post Kitchen / Dining:
Fundraising efforts are currently underway to establish staffing and inventory to open the Post kitchen. If you would like to donate—either an idea, monetarily or an item for fundraising efforts, please contact the Commander or Bar Manager! We have a goal of approximately $20K and every bit helps out! Remember, we are a non-profit and any donation is tax deductible.
Frank G. Frainier Post 90 Officers and Key Staff:
Cmdr: Linda Fox
1st Vice – Dave Gelinas
2nd Vice – Lelo Lehman
Sgt-At-Arms – Randy Aderhold
Historian – Jim Mariner
Chaplain – Open
Finance Officer – Bill Cooper
Adjutant: Randy Richerson
Judge Adv.: Vernon Kerr
(Squ 90) Randi Moore
(Unit 90) Scott Wilkenson
Post Key Staff:
Bar Mgr.: Bill Cooper
Gaming Mgr.: Diane Swan
Gaming Acct.: Lelo Lehman
Membership Chair: Dave Gelinas
Children & Youth: Secilli Keeler