The Joe Foss American Legion Post 97, originally known as San Tan Valley Post 97, was founded in June, 2009, by Larry Moore (Vietnam-Marine Corps) and Alan Pease (Cold War Europe – Army Security Agency). Both men felt it was time San Tan had their own post that could provide local veterans with support services and the areas youth with activities.
In the 10 years the post has been running they have sent candidates to Boys State, the American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy (ALLECA), as well as sponsored six teams of American Legion Baseball. Plus held American flag etiquette for scouts, and participate in the Joe Foss Institute for patriotism presentations at schools.
In 2017, the post was re-named Joe Foss American Legion Post 97, in honor of Joe Foss, a WWII Medal of Honor recipient.
Larry and Alan agreed that Post 97 was NOT going to be like most other American Legion posts, based on a restaurant and bar where veterans could gather for a drink, a smoke and an exchange of stories. Instead, they had a vision of tapping into the national Legion headquarters for youth programs that would best serve the Veterans and young people in San Tan Valley.
American Legion Post 97 joins with other civic minded organizations to help build a greater sense of community for our veterans and youth.
It is the mission of San Tan Valley American Legion Post 97 to fully utilize the talents of our member veterans and community partners to develop and effectively implement programs that will benefit veterans, their families, the community and the youth of San Tan Valley.
Post 97 members see a future of full engagement with the surrounding community, culminating in the construction of a community center that can become a base for the programs that help keep our veterans, families and youth moving in a positive direction with a sense of appreciation for the patriotism represented by this nation’s veterans.