National Legion Commander spreads word about Operation Comfor Warriors

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. (WKTV) - The National American Legion Commander was in town Wednesday, spreading the word about "Operation Comfort Warriors," a new project to help injured soldiers and other service members.

Commander James Koutz is from Indiana and is currently on tour, talking about what has become a personal mission and on Wednesday, he visited Post 161 in Holland Patent.

The goal of Operation Comfort Warriors is to raise half a million dollars for purchases of things like sweat suits, iPods and gift cards - all items that are not provided by the government.

"If these soldiers today were WW2, Korea or Vietnam, they would be coming back in pine boxes," Commander Koutz said. "Since we have such great medical equipment and doctors, these troops are living and we just want to be sure we take care of them."

I you are interested in helping out Operation Comfort Warriors, you can donate at or you can contact any local American Legion.

In the evening on Wednesday, Commander Koutz had dinner in Rome and then headed to Maryland to continue spreading his message.

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