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American Legion to help a 'buddy'

Commander Justin Juelson is recovering from a costly illness and will be recognized at a benefit Sept. 11.

In the early months of summer a year ago, American Legion post officers in Blackduck described the work of the organization as "the same as being in the service -- you take care of your buddy."

Next week in a twist of fate, post commander Justin Juelson will be the one being "taken care of" at a benefit to help meet medical costs. Juelson has been undergoing treatment and is still recovering from a serious illness. On Sept. 11 at the Legion, fellow veterans and members of the public have been invited to share hot dogs and brats from the grill, from noon-10 p.m.

There will be activities including both a silent and a live auction, door prizes and an evening meal. Games for youngsters will be included in the day's events.

Juelson is serving a second time as Legion commander here. He was elected to that office in 1999 and again in 2009.

A veteran who served in the Navy after enlisting in January, 1991, he trained in aviation electronics and served aboard aircraft carriers including the USS Kitty Hawk. His commendations included battle ribbons for service during Operation Desert Storm.

Married, Juelson has a son and step-daughter.

In extending an invitation to the public to attend, appreciation was voiced for a free-will donation, adding that the Beltrami County Chapter of Thrivent Financial will provide supplemental funds.