Since 1920, Floyd Minch Post 44 of The American Legion has been serving veterans, their familes and the communities of Worland and Ten Sleep in Washakie County, Wyoming. Formed by veterans of World War I who returned to and arrived at the young town on the banks of the Big Horn River, the post was named in memory of Private Floyd Minch, a young man from Missouri who had traveled west to seek his fortune and was working a Worland mercantile store when he was called up to service. Floyd Minch was killed in action in France in 1918 serving with the 163rd Infantry. Post 44 honored Floyd's ultimate sacrifice by naming the Worland American Legion Post in his name. Post 44 has a history of service to veterans and to the community. As well as helping veterans obtain the federal VA benefits they earned by their service. Post 44 was instrumental in establishing the Worland Volunteer Fire Department, and sponsored a Legion Baseball team that has brought home numerous state championship trophies through the years. Post 44 also operates a Support thr Troops Committee, which, through community generosity has been able to send care packages to military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operations, other overseas troops and to sailors on ships at sea since summer of 2003.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.