American Legion Sherman Moore Post #297

The American Legion’s post service officer (PSO) is a volunteer position within an individual post.  The volunteer is elected to that position by vote of the post membership at the annual election.  A PSO serves as a link between the veteran or dependent and the accredited American Legion Department Service Officer (DSO).  An effective PSO understands benefits afforded to veterans and dependents and works with Department Service Officers.


The Post Service Officer can help answer questions and provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Claims and connecting with the Department Service Officer
  • Local resources for many things to include clothing & food
  • VA Home Loans
  • VA Health Care Registration
  • Home Improvement and Structural Alterations (HISA) Grants
  • PTSD Questions
  • American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program
  • Education Benefits
  • VA Clothing Allowance
  • Voc. Rehab (Chap 31)
  • Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
  • Aid and Attendance
  • Hearing Aides
  • Special Adaptive Housing (SAH)
  • Special Housing Adaption (SHA)
  • Automotive Allowance (for certain service-connected disabilities)
  • Automotive Adaptive Equipment
  • VA Death and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

The Post Service Officer is Richard "Doc" Strait. Email: PostServiceOfficer@RavennaMILegion.Org


American Legion Department Service Officer to Hold Hours at Hall

Department of Michigan Veteran’s service officer Courtney Thurber is at our post every Wednesday, 9am to 2pm.  She is available to help veterans in applying for benefits, getting a copy of your DD214, anything listed above for the Post Service Officer, and answering questions you may have.  Courtney will be June 5, 2024. and then be off until June 26, 2024.

All veterans are welcome. No appointment is necessary!  You can contact her at (517) 582-1678 or  Keep in mind she is only working here on Wednesdays.

Stop in at the hall and say hello.  We have members of the Legion here to chat with while you wait to.  Great way to help build the commradere that you may miss from your days in the military.  We’ll have the coffee pot on.


VA Crisis Hotline 988 (press 1)
Muskegon VA Clinic (231) 798-4445
VA Benefits and Services 1-800-827-1000