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THE DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON

Prayer Requests

February 16, 2024

Prayers for families of Mardi Carroll (9th District Auxiliary President & a 25 year member) and Jean Fleming, both from Unit 28 in Ephrata. Mardi and Jean tragically died in a house fire Valentines evening. Any condolences for Mardi may be sent to her son, Michael Carroll, 9518 N Atlantic Spokane, WA 99218

 

January 26, 2024

Patrick McGoldrick who served in the USAF from 1965-1969 passed away on January 13, 2024. I have personally heard multiple people, including those who knew him best, relate that he is one of the most compassionate and caring people that they know. He fought the good fight as best he could against ALS staying positive all the way. He will be desperately missed by many. We offer our heatfelt condolences.   / Doug Hanson - Post 265 Chaplain


Heavenly Father,
 
We lift Aileen McGoldrick and the family to you and ask that you give them the peace and rest that they so need at this time. We pray for your peace that passes understanding and comfort through your spirit. May they recall the good times and share the blessings that Pat has been in their lives. 
 
In Jesus’ name, amen.

January 20, 2024

Thank you for your prayers for Al Leguis as he and his family navigated together through his last days on earth.

Sadly, but mercifully, Post 52 Sgt-at-Arms Al Leguis passed away on January 11, 2024.  Al is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Air Force, and a longstanding, dedicated member of The American Legion.

Please keep his wife, family, and many, many friends in your prayers as he will be greatly missed.

Eunice Coker
Post 52 Pullman Chaplain

 

January 19, 2024

Just wanted to pass along that we have lost a member of Post 265 today. Bill Huseby passed away this morning at home. His wife, Susan, and their two daughters were gathered to him as he transferred to the Post Everlasting.

 Dear Heavenly Father,

We ask that you keep Sue and their two children in your peace as they transition to a new chapter in life. Fill them with your love as they grieve. They have a supporting community and we ask that you would uphold them at this time also providing the rest that they all need. Help them to recall the blessings and great times they all share. We ask that you grant your peace to them.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

December 28th

Please pray for Post 52 (Pullman) member Al Leguis who has been ill and recently entered into hospice. Al has been our Sgt at Arms for many years and has been the hard-working chairman of our high school scholarship program.  He is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Air Force, and a longstanding, dedicated member of the Legion.

We are asking for prayers of peace and comfort for Al, his wife Helen, and family.

 

December 15th

Please pray for the family of Jesse Farias, Post 133 Wapato, Washington.  Jesse, a Vietnam veteran, passed away Thursday, December 14. 

Week Ending December 15, 2023

From Cape Horn Post 122, Washougal, we have two that need our thoughts and Prayers. Next Tuesday, 12-19-2023, Mike Edwards, Past Commander, is scheduled for corrective surgery, as well as Kathy Haas, wife of Larry Haas, Past Dept. Chaplain/current Post 122 Chaplain, will be undergoing Hip Replacement Surgery, both at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver. Please keep them both, and their medical teams, in your thoughts and Prayers for successful procedures.

Dear Lord, our great healer, we humbly come to You for Your great mercy and healing be upon Mike and Kathy. Be with their medical teams as they endeavor to bring them back to full health and mobility. Be with their families and grant them You comfort and peace that only you can bring.

  We also ask that you be all those who are having health problems, mental and physical, and grant the You grace and mercy to a better life. As we enter to Christmas Season, in celebration of You birth over two thousand years ago, send Your Holy Spirit upon us all that we may fully understand the gift of everlasting life that You sacrificed yourself for all those who believe in You. The greatest gift anyone can ever receive.

  WE further come to you to grant Your safety and guard all those who in harm’s way, both at home and aboard as they stand for justice and freedom of not just our citizens, but for all mankind.

  All this we ask in You Holy Name. “For God and Country”. Amen.  

Week Ending December 1, 2023

Let us all keep the following Legionnaires in our thoughts and Prayers.

From Post 25, Kelso, Dave Fosket “Fossie” for recovery and recuperation from Shoulder Surgery.

From Post 40, Lyle Stevenson, long time Legionnaire and past member of the King County Veterans Advisory Board, has been transferred to Post Everlasting, interment with Military Honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on 12-1-2023.

From Post 122, Mike Edwards, as he battles health issues, and Reino “Ray” Sutela who is recuperating from a fall.

Dear Heavenly Father, creator of all mankind and supreme Commander of us all, we bring to You our bothers Dave and Lyle. We humbly ask for Your healing arms to be around “Fossie” as he recuperates from Shoulder Surgery. Be with them all here on this earthly realm and the realm of You Holy Presence. Grant them all Your mercy and grace and be with them in this time of their grief. We also beseech You to be the family and friends of Lyle as he has passed from this life on to the next. Further, Dear Lord, we bring to You Mike and Ray as they fight health and physical injuries. Be with them and grant them Your mercy and healing.  In Your Holy Name, I Pray. Amen.

 

Week Ending November 10, 2023

This week we have a request to keep Alex Rivas, husband of Shannon Rivas, Unit 25, Kelso, in our thoughts and Prayers after his Heart Surgery. May God be with him and wrap His healing arms around him to bring him back to full health.  We also ask for strength and comfort for Shannon as she cares for Alex.

We also want to remember all Veterans this weekend (11-11-2023).  May God, Supreme Commander of all, keep all Veterans safe, including those currently in uniform who are in harm’s way, here and abroad. If it were not for those who served, and are now serving, we wouldn’t have the liberties and freedom that we now enjoy. More than just saying “Thank You for your service”, let us all be worthy of the sacrifices all Veterans have made by signing on that “Dotted Line”.

With solemn heart, I write to inform you that our brother James O. Walkden Sr. (Post 265) has transferred to Post Everlasting.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to impart peace and grace to the friends and family of James. We ask that you overshadow with your presence and bring your joy while memories of all the good and love are held close in heart and live on through sharing and reflection. May tears be supplanted by your love. We ask that you surround and shelter them with your peace that extends beyond the limits of all understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Doug Hanson/Post 265 Chaplain

Week Ending October 27, 2023

Prayers for comfort, strength, understanding, and relief abound in our world today. Closer to home, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Ralph Olson’s (Adjutant, Post 10, Wenatchee) Son-In-Law who passed away last week. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Ralph, his family, and especially his daughter who is, understandably, taken the loss very hard.  Plus, our thoughts and Prayers go out to those affected by the Mass-Shootings that happened in Maine and around the world.

To all this, I pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we come to You for Your healing, comfort, and strength in these times of trouble and death. Especially today we bring to You the passing of Ralph’s Son-In-Law. Grant Your grace and mercy to Ralph’s, his family and daughter in their time of grief. Give them Your peace which surpasses all understanding in Christ Jesus, that while we hear and see on the NEWS, WHAT is happening in our world, we look to Your wisdom and guidance in the Bible for the “WHY”, and answers to our Prayers for peace. To all of this, and so many other questions, may we look to Your wisdom and words. In your Holy Name, I Pray. Amen.

 

Week Ending October 20, 2023

With all of the turmoil in our world, certainly both here and abroad, evil abounds in so many ugly faces that we must wonder if people have forgotten the teachings and examples of living with each other in peace. The wars in the Ukraine and Mid-East where personal desires or beliefs are taking their tolls in human life and peace. Even in this republic of ours where democracy is in peril where the Constitution and Bill of Rights are in question we must ask “why”, when people don’t seem to be able to get along, agree to disagree, or unable to come to a consensus, in peace.

Our Bible gives us so many examples and directions in how to “Love our neighbors”, but yet all too many ignore those teachings. We, of The American Legion, have by our Founding Fathers, been shown the principles and recognition of the importance of God in our lives. When so many millions have fought, died, and suffered so much to maintain our way of life, should we not be examples of how we should live in peace with each other? Buddy Checks is but one way to “Love our neighbors”, but with and beyond that just being kind to one another, supporting each other, caring about one another in what ever form, can be a “Light” to the rest of our country and the world for peace, where darkness abounds. We have so many that are in peril this very day, both here and especially abroad, I know they are in our thoughts and Prayers, including our own extended family members such as Al Jensen’s Grandson and others we may know. So, not just a Legion Chaplain, but also a citizen of the United States of America, I plead with all that we rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice, peace, understanding, and mutual helpfulness. Don’t allow evil thoughts and actions entire in our lives but look to LOVE for each other, as God has shown His Love for US.

For God and Country, by my own belief, I pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, creator of all mankind, I come to You for Your infinite wisdom and mercy to bring peace to our world. Help us to seek understanding and respect of each other’s feelings. Let us remember Your words in Psalm 37:37 where through David You tell us: Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. Also, help us to remember that You didn’t bring us into this world for war and wickedness, but for Love of You and our neighbors. And may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

Week Ending October 13, 2023

Today, we bring to all Legionnaires, the below Message from Jeff Westlund, 2nd District Commander:

“It is with a heavy heart that we received word this morning that Lifetime Post Member Jerry Stackpole. Jerry was a pivotal member of both the Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 and American Legion Post 58 for over 40 years.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Jeff Westlund
Commander American Legion District 2
Department of Washington

We also, most certainly want to keep in our thoughts and Prayers any and all members of the Military, and their families, who may be in harm’s way, both here and abroad. Especially in our thoughts and Prayers are those who are, or are being deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean Region, including Gage, the Grandson of Al Jensen.

Dear God, creator of all mankind, protector of the weak, healer of the sick, and comforter of the heartbroken, we come to You beseeching Your protection for those in peril, for those who are heartbroken over the loss of a loved one or friends, and for all those who are suffering from sickness and disease. We ask especially for You protection and blessings upon Al’s grandson, Gage, and all others in danger in the Israel region, both on land and at sea.

Please be with the family and friends of Jerry Stackpole and grant them Your comfort which surpasses all understanding. And Thank You for bringing such people as Jerry into our lives.

All this we ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

 

October 10, 2023

The persistent conflict in Israel presents hazards to both civilians and those in the military. Many of us have friends and loved ones, whether in the U.S. Military or residing as civilians, who are currently in the affected area. We extend our heartfelt prayers and thoughts for their safety. May they stay secure and come back home safely.

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Vietnam veteran, Pepe Monjarrez, from Post 36, will be undergoing emergency heart surgery  tomorrow morning in Seattle for a blockage of the widow maker vein.  His wife, Carol, will be traveling to Seattle tomorrow morning to be with him.  A week ago, she had surgery for trigger finger.

Dear God, we come to You beseeching you for Your healing power, Grace and Mercy, and safe travels. Be with Pepe as he recovers and with Carol as she recovers from her surgery and travels to Seattle to be with him. We never know when illness will befall us, but we know that when coming to You that You will be there, as we believe.  In your Holy Name. Amen.

 

October 7, 2023

Please keep Al Jensen's grandson Gage (and the other members of his unit) in your prayers. Gage is stationed in Israel and his unit is now on full alert. He has only been there a few weeks (from JBLM). Currently the unit is away from the main fighting and okay, but their site could be a potential target. 

 

Week Ending October 6, 2023

This week we have numerous Legionnaires and families needing our thoughts and Prayers.

Tom Brick, Post 25, Kelso, lost his daughter, Josephine.

Desiree Mendenhall, Post 25, Kelso, for her daughter's medical concerns.

Dan Hunnington, Post 25, Kelso, for medical concerns.

Joe Fetig, Post 122, Washougal, for the loss of his younger brother due to a suspected heart attack.

Rick Jewell, Post 122, Washougal, for recovery from  ankle surgery.

Charlie Long, Post 157, Grand Coulee, 59 Year Legionnaire , who passed away with a funeral to be held this Saturday (10/7/2023).

George Kohout, Post 157, Grand Coulee, passed away in September 2023.  

 

Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly come to you with many thoughts and Prayers for those named of our Legionnaires, and other un-named who are suffering from loss and illness. We beseech You to be with them and grant your comfort and peace, along with Prayers for Your Healing Arms to be around them. In these times of turmoil and strife throughout our communities, state, nation, and world, we know that You are there for if we only ask. We also ask for You forgiveness for those things that we have done and not done to or for our neighbors as we should. For all grant to us Your mercy, comfort and strength that we may do Your work for our Veterans and all those in peril. All this we ask in Your Heavenly Name. Amen.  

 

Week Ending September 29, 2023

I have a friend in Chehalis that I've known since high school and is struggling. From what I hear, he was in Desert Storm, and his combat experiences are still haunting him. In August, he was arrested on drug charges. What can be done to help my high school friend Don?"

Joe Mayes / 360-358-8080

Please note that Don's full name withheld for privacy purposes. If you are able to provide any assistance, please contract Joe Mayes per the above. Please BEtheONE if you can!!

Dear Lord, healer of all mankind. We come to You for Your Grace and Mercy to be upon Don. As so many do, the memories and demons of the past are having their way with Don and only with Your Healing Arms around him can he find his in peace and lead a more productive life. This we most humbly ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

 

Week Ending September 22, 2023

May we NEVER forget our brothers and sisters in arms and the struggle that they continue to suffer even many years later. As is noted in the message, Military Honors have been denied by the widow, the opportunity for a show of support should never be missed. "An Opportunity Missed is an OPPORTUNITY LOST!" The Clock is clicking, we never know that last "TIC" will be for someone, family, friends, comrades, or neighbors. Make that call, contact, engage, CARE! BETHEONE, while you can, before it is TOO LATE!

Post 32 in Walla Walla has lost another member.  This one under the most tragic of circumstances.  Ron Goodall had been on chemotherapy for a disease caused by Agent Orange.  We knew this from Buddy Check, but the situation became dire a few days ago.  Ron, also a life member of VFW and Combat Riders International, rode his motorcycle to the entrance gate of the VA Medical Center and shot himself.  Obviously, there’s more to the story and there is an ongoing investigation.  Bottom line is we’ve lost another brother, another statistic of that horrible war.  Please pray for the family and the multitude of comrades he left behind.  A brief service will be held on Oct. 7 at 11:00am at the Vietnam Memorial in Ft. Walla Walla Park.  The widow has denied military rites by our Honor Guard, but many others will be there to pay tribute to our fallen comrade.

Please keep Ron, and any others that may be like him, in your thoughts and prayers for comfort, peace, and with the knowledge that they are NOT ALONE, PLUS; that people care about them, that they are important, and that there IS HELP!

 

Week Ending September 15, 2023

“For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men. (Lamentations 3:31-33)

This week we look to God and bring to Him our thought and Prayers for comfort and peace to those who have lost loved ones and friends.

“Post 32 in Walla Walla lost 2 members in August:

Calvin O’Dell, Vietnam War veteran, Air Force

Bill Lake, WWII veteran, Navy”

Ronald E. Haas, U.S. Marine Reserve Veteran, brother of Larry Haas, Post 122, lost his battle with Congestive Heart Failure and Dementia on 9/14/2023, at the age of 81.

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? “I will have no compassion.” (Hosea 13:14)

 But then: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Dear Lord God, creator of all that is and ever will be, God of the living and of the dead, we come to You beseeching You of Your peace and comfort for those families and friends who have lost loved ones.  Be with them in their times of grief knowing that You are with them. In this we ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

 

Week Ending September 8, 2023

For this week we go to our creator for improved health and healing of unnamed friends and family of Post 25, Kelso, and those of Barbara Lombrano. Even though we don’t know who they are, God our creator does. I would also like to personally ask for your thoughts and Prayers for my brother, Ron, a Marine Veteran. Sadly, his Congestive Heart Failure and Dementia are getting the better of him and even with his valiant battle, he is expected to leave us, as God decides, within the next couple of weeks. Being unable to eat or drink and sleeping more, his time is getting shorter with each passing day.

I also want to add that especially with your loved ones and friends, do not miss any opportunity to tell them how much they mean you and that they are important to you. To “BEtheONE”, can mean more than you’ll ever know to that ONE. An opportunity missed is an opportunity LOST.

Dear God, we come to You with heavy hearts for those of our brothers, sisters, and family who are ill and facing very difficult times. We ask for your healing power to with those in need and grant Your comfort us all. We know that our time of this earth is but a fleeting moment in your eyes, but yet You know the count of our hairs. Also, let us never forget to let those around us that they are important to us and that we care about them. We humbly ask for Your mercy and grace, as it Your will. In your Holy Name. Amen. 

 

Week Ending September 1, 2023

National Commander Seehafer and his leadership team have been officially installed. As they embark on this year-long journey to advance the mission of The American Legion, let us unite in prayer, asking for divine inspiration and unwavering guidance to light their path.