Huseboe enjoys serving other veterans
Editor’s note: This is the latest in an ongoing series of articles profiling those who have ever served in the U.S. military, be it overseas or stateside. Every Thursday, a new profile will be published in the T-R.
LE GRAND — Although an Army veteran himself, Kevin Huseboe’s real story is what has happened in the past two years and how he enjoys serving other veterans as the present Marshalltown American Legion Vice Commander and road captain for the American Legion Riders.
In 2015, Marshalltown Legion Commander Randy Kessler appointed Huseboe to be lounge liaison — or post home liaison. This is the person responsible for making the post more community friendly and an outreach to veterans needing assistance. He also joined the Legion Riders at that time and was soon made the road captain — or the person who plans events and rides.
“I used to go to the Legion post home years back and it was not the place it is now,” Huseboe said. “It is great to see how things have improved since Randy has taken over and the turnaround we have made in the past several years. We have really became community based and now we plan to just keep moving forward.”
Huseboe said the post home has recently undergone a lot of remodeling in the downstairs and kitchen area, and that plans to renovate the lounge will begin in a month or two. Also many new ways of helping to raise money for the veterans assistance fund have been implemented or are in the works.
And helping veterans is what thrills Huseboe the most. He said that his hat is off to every veteran that actually put “boots on the ground” on foreign soil to serve on the frontlines for our freedom.
“We are one big family that is constantly looking out for and taking care of our veterans. We all signed the blank check when we join the military, but none of us expect to come home broken — physically or emotionally,” Huseboe said. “The government is supposed to help them, but always seems to run short. That is why we as Legion members are glad to help out veterans in need of assistance.”
How do they raise the money for assistance?
Huseboe said the Legion Riders sponsors suppers at the post on the third Friday of every month October through March with Bingo to follow. From April to September the Legion Riders hosts car and bike nights on the last Tuesdays. And just last week the local Legion took a load of toys to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines for the children that won’t be home for Christmas.
New assistance is being developed for veterans who return with PTSD, and Huseboe noted that thanks to Herschel Edwards and Nick Salasek a new “Paws and Effect” program to match service dogs with PTSD veterans has been established.
“Younger veterans are beginning to join the Legion and I am glad to be watching our post grow and having a part in helping that happen,” Huseboe said.
He also noted that the post home is always open to the public. Groups can rent the building for meetings, parties, banquets etc. He said that Kessler, Legion Riders President Mike Ball and Lounge Manager Pam Klinefelter have been great to work with and do a great job in working with the public as well.
The latest project that should be completed in 2018 is the American Legion Memorial Sidewalk project that will connect the Freedom Rock with the F4 Phantom Jet.
“There is never a dull moment at the post — phone calls from a veteran needing assistance, or the VA Clinic needing drivers to take veterans to Des Moines are just a sampling,” Huseboe said.
“It has been a great thing and we are not done yet! I am really looking forward to the future of the Legion in Marshalltown.”