March 8, 2016
The American Legion National Headquarters
700 N. Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
I am not a member of the American Legion. Until recently, I was unaware of the range of positive influence and the extent of the organization’s commitment to community service. On February 13, 2016, a tragedy occurred with the drowning of local Cobb County High School student, 14 year old Tomari Jackson. Tomari drowned while on a school trip to Belize. Tomari was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1294 which met at American Legion Post 294 in Powder Springs, Georgia.
American Legion Post 294 Commander, Jerry Johnson corralled his members to provide much needed support to Tamari’s family as they struggled to say goodbye to their loved one. Commander Johnson, and American Legion Members, Ed & Nadine Asberry, Donna Redner and Chris Cancilla, made it possible for Tomari’s family, to have a facility and dinner allowing them to fellowship and comfort Tomari’s mother Adell Forbes after the funeral service. Many of the family members had traveled from the family homeland in the Bahamas to attend the funeral.
The generosity, kindness and support of Jerry Johnson was amazing and greatly appreciated. The actions of American Legion Post 294 were a spotlight on the mission, and grand purpose of your fine organization. This caring action is an example to the rest of the Metro Atlanta Community. Adell Forbes’ fellow agents and the staff at PEMCO Realty, would not have been able to host the funeral repast for Tomari’s family and members of his Boy Scout Troup without the support of American Legion Post 294.
Commander Barnett, I write this letter to commend Jerry Johnson and Post 294 for so humbly and significantly carrying out the mission of one of the most outstanding service organizations in our great country, the American Legion.