A new man is in charge of the effort to get the American Legion Post 2 back up on its feet.
Randy Kaelber was elected Post Commander May 12, installed into the position May 19, and looks forward to bringing legion members together.
"The American Legion is still here," Kaelber said. "However, this is not just a one person decision. For our post to get back on its feet, it will take everybody."
Since joining the legion in 2007, Kaelber has served as a trustee the past three years, along with being the assistant director of the American Legion Riders for a short time before becoming its director, a position he also served for three years.
Due to financial issues, the American Legion closed the doors on its building at 1015 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, and have since been conducting business at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127, 303 S. Depot St., Brazil.
Since that time, several fundraisers have been conducted for the legion, and more are being planned.
"We are still trying to get some bills paid off, which we have to do before anything else can happen," Kaelber said. "We have been fortunate the V.F.W. has allowed us to use their building and they have been great to us."
While the American Legion Riders will conduct a White Knuckle Ride Saturday, June 11, no other fundraisers have been set in stone.
"We have a lot of things in the works," Kaelber told The Brazil Times. "The Sons of the American Legion are trying to organize a golf scramble, and we are also planning a car wash along with other events. We are also looking into setting up a booth at the Fourth of July Celebration and Popcorn Festival."
He said one of his biggest goals as commander is to bring legion members together.
"We are trying to get everyone involved so they can have their say," he said. "If someone brings up an idea, we'll listen."
Kaelber served in the Marines from 1971-75, helping to support domestic training efforts while stationed in North Carolina. After his time in the service was over, he worked as a mechanic for a couple of years before starting his job at Great Dane, where he still currently works.
He added the support from Brazil residents has helped greatly, and while he is unsure of what will happen in the future, he looks forward to aiding the rebirth of the legion.
Some members of the legion are still questioning what is going on, which Kaelber said he is working on as well.
"We are trying to bring all of us back together as a family," Kaelber, who is taking over as commander for Nick White, said. "That includes trying to get answers for those asking what is happening because we are still trying to regroup."
Kaelber currently lives in Brazil with his fiancée Candy Thacker, who he will wed June 25.
Kaelber added members who would like to mail in their dues can send them to American Legion Post 2, PO Box 9, Brazil, Ind., 47834, and anyone with questions or suggestions may contact him at 812-251-3164.
"We appreciate any help provided as we continue backing veterans as much as we can," Kaelber said.