Senate passes historic burn pit legislation

The U.S. Senate made history June 16, ensuring millions of veterans exposed to noxious fumes emanating from burn pits will have access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care and benefits. The bill was approved by an 84-14 vote.

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act (PACT Act) addresses the full spectrum of issues affecting toxic-exposed veterans’ access to VA benefits and care, while also reforming VA’s presumptive decision-making process.

The sweeping legislation provides a comprehensive framework to improve the presumptive process for burn pit veterans by streamlining access to health-care benefits for those who served in areas of known toxic exposure — regardless of disability status — and provides health care for as many as 3.5 million veterans exposed to airborne hazards and burn pits.

American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard hailed the Senate and the 117th Congress for passing the PACT Act, calling the legislation a “historic bipartisan achievement.” 

“Today, the U.S. Senate has saved lives and truly delivered for veterans,” Dillard said. “By passing the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act, the 117th Congress has put substance behind the phrase, ‘Thank you for your service.’

“The American Legion is grateful for the service of millions of veterans who were exposed to burn pits, atomic radiation, Agent Orange and other environmental poisons. Thanks to the U.S. Congress, these men and women will be able to receive the care and benefits they have earned. The PACT Act is an historic bipartisan achievement. The American Legion thanks not only those who voted for this legislation but the thousands of Legionnaires and advocates who worked to make this happen. We look forward to President Biden signing the Honoring Our PACT Act into law.”

Toxic smoke and fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan included medical and human waste, jet fuel, chemicals, metal, munitions and unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, Styrofoam and more.

From Legion.Org Written By Mackenzie Wolf June 16, 2022

Start getting your appetite ready…THE Famous SAL Breakfast is getting closer

The Famous “ All You Can Eat Breakfast “  hosted by the Sons of  the American Legion at the American Legion Post 29 in Marietta continues!  Open to the Public!  Bring the little ones for a fun, family breakfast.

Date : June 18th, 2022   Time:  8:00am to 11:00am.

Location : American Legion Post 29

921 Gresham Ave. NE

Marietta, Ga. 30060

Cost:  $10 per plate dine in, $12 a plate take out!

Come join us for the best breakfast in the city!

From the SAL

Elections for 2022 – 2023 SAL officers were held during our May 24th meeting.

All of our current officers ran unopposed.

The 2022 – 2023 officers are:

Commander                          Donald E. Wallace

Sr Vice Commander             Joe Meyer

Jr Vice Commander             Russell Dixon

Jr Vice Commander             David Davis

Finance Officer                     Lyle Chapman

Chaplin                                  Michael Brewster

Historian                               Gail Evilsizor

Sergeant-At-Arms                Robert King

The SAL Kitchen Crew

  • Hosted the American Legion’s monthly meeting dinner on May 5th.
  • Hosted the SAL Breakfast on May 21st.

Our plans for the coming month:

  • June 2nd we will host the American Legion Dinner meeting prior to the AL General Meeting.
  • June 18th we will host the SAL Breakfast.

SAL Monthly Meeting

TTo members of the SAL – Please mark your calendars for Tuesday June 28th  for our next SAL meeting.  All meetings will start at 7:00 pm upstairs in the small hall.  If you haven’t been attending meetings, we’d like to see you attend. This is your opportunity to see how your SAL Squadron is run and bring your ideas what we can do to improve our initiatives.

Always remember to ask some of your friends if they might be interested in joining our SAL post.  Tell them of the good work we do in the community. Bring them in as a guest to show them the post and our social quarters to meet the best bar staff and best prices for adult beverages.

If you have already paid your 2022 dues, thank you.  If you have not yet paid them please stop by the Legion Social Quarters or consider doing your renewal by mail. As of January 1, 2022 you will not be allowed in the Social Quarters nor have the use of any of the Social Quarter’s privileges without a 2022 card.

Your 2022 dues are $25 for a SAL renewal or $10 for a youth or dual membership.

If you are sending a check via mail, please send to:

American Legion Post 29

921 Gresham Ave NE

Marietta, GA 30060


Checks should be made payable to SAL.

Thank you for your time and interest in the Sons of the American Legion! 

Don Wallace (Wally)

Commander – Squadron 29

Sons of the American Legion

Horace Orr Post 29 of the American Legion

Marietta, Ga.

678 471-7867  

From the Social Quarters


 I hope you all have a GREAT June and Enjoy your Summer!

We have had many requests to open late again on Saturday Nights, so we are going to give it a try. We are working on entertainment for Saturday Nights IF we get enough business. We have adjusted our daily opening time as well– see below for the new times.

Entertainment for June is listed below. Enjoy great music with your fellow Veterans and friends. Table service is back on Friday nights.

  • 3rd    Spot On
  • 10th Kick Back Jack
  • 17TH N2U
  • 24th South Paw

Live music is from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM every Friday.


The Social Quarters will be open as follows:

  • Monday 12 PM-7 PM
  • Tuesday   12 PM-10 PM
  • Wednesday   12 PM-10 PM
  • Thursday 12 PM-10 PM
  • Friday    12 PM-12 AM
  • Saturday 12 PM-10 PM
  • Sunday   12 PM-7 PM

*The SAL monthly breakfast has returned. The 3rd Saturday of every month the SQ will open at 10:30AM.

Stay updated with the Eblasts and Facebook notifications of events going on around the Post, Social Quarters, and our community supporting your Legion Family. If you are not currently receiving emails, you can see any bartender and they can provide your information to our Webmaster Russ Wood.


Sarah Shirley

Commander’s Column

June has arrived, hope everyone had a productive and safe May. I want to update our Legion Members, that the nomination period for the upcoming Election of next year’s Executive Board has closed. I can report that none of the Candidates listed on the Bulletin Board have been challenged, so there for, those listed will be voted in at our June 2022 General Meeting and installed at our July 2022 General Meeting. Please contact Past Commander Bill Beaudin if you have any questions concerning the Election process. Also, I want to thank Past Commander Beaudin for supervising our Election process again this year.

We worked with the United Military Care on May 13th and 14th with their Event to provide Aid and Care to our Veterans in Cobb County. It was held at the Cobb County Civic Center and was a huge success! I would like to commend and thank them for all their support to our fellow Veterans!

We are getting very close to wrapping up our Membership drive. We are still short of the Goal set by the District. Please reminder your friends to renew if they are a Member of our Post and welcome our new Members when you see them. Special thanks to Sr Vice Ed Bruce and Past Jr Vice George Grindstaff for all their hard work for the Post!

In closing, I want to thank all those Members who work so hard to help make this Post what it is today! Also, we welcome more to step in help us going forward. I wish the best for you and your Families! Thank you all for your Service to our Great Country and Post 29! Honored to be your Commander!

Walter A Cusick Jr.