Tour Station Seven: The American Legion, U.S. Military Veterans Center

Located on the second floor of the Center’s Learning and Resources building, The American Legion is the second national veterans service organization (VSO) to establish an official presence at the U.S. Military Veterans Center in Second Life. Their information desk includes a clickable laptop that loads the official website of The American Legion. A clickable signboard toward the left of the information desk provides information about services provided by The American Legion. To leave a message for The American Legion’s representatives in Second Life, click on the suggestion box on the information desk, then wait for the “beep” which will appear as green text in chat. When you see the word “beep” in green letters, simply type your message and press enter to send it to the suggestion box.

The American Legion’s group in Second Life allows anyone to join as a Friend. However, if you are in real life a member of The American Legion, please address an Instant Message to Taz Mubble and include your real life name, city, state and membership number. He will then be able to locate you on The American Legion membership database and add you to the SL group as a Member.

Tour Station Six: VFW Post Extension, U.S. Military Veterans Learning and Resource Center

Nomad Albatros, a group owner and a RL Post Commander maintains the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Extension, located to the left of the main entrance of the U.S. Military Veterans Learning and Resource Center. At the information desk, you will find a clickable laptop, which will take you to the official VFW website, and a suggestion box. If you have time or inclination, click the suggestion box and fill out the notecard with your comments, but please do not forget to sign it before submitting it.

In the far left corner you will find various clickable plaques that will provide you information about who the VFW is and the services they provide. By clicking the map, you are directed to a website to find a local VFW near you. Should you need assistance from a National Service Officer in regards to a VA claim, please contact Nomad with the state you currently reside in and he will provide you with a notecard with the NSO contact information specific to your location. Please keep in mind the services provided by the VFW are open to all veterans, regardless of whether or not you are currently a member of the VFW.

In the middle of the window, we have a multimedia presentation that pays tribute to current VFW membership, proudly displaying the mantra of the VFW, honoring the dead by helping the living. To date, more than 12 people have been referred to National Service Officers for assistance in filing VA claims or VA centers for PTSD counseling.

In the far right corner you will find Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resources, not only for military service members, but for their family members as well. The information provided include specific information regarding diagnosis and assessment, treatment, a counselor locator, and information about the types of problems families with someone suffering from PTSD can have as well as things to do to cope.

Lastly, on the far right wall are some of the medals required in order to join the VFW. By clicking the poster, you are directed the online membership form.

Should you want to talk to Nomad directly, or if you are an active VFW member and would like to join the VFW group, please use his plaque at the Help Desk to send him an IM.