The American Legion has apologized after a California-based post went onto Instagram and asked women to bare their breasts to support the troops.
The graphic was posted by American Legion Post 397 out of Monterey Park, and read “THANK A VET, SHOW THEM YOUR BOOBS.”
While some people were good-natured about the post, not everyone was amused- and the national office of the American Legion was inundated with complaints.
“I have no desire to see anyone’s boobs…and I’m a veteran,” Stacy Pearsall, an Air Force veteran posted in response to the Instagram post. “Just sayin’ it being Veterans Day and all…it’s this type of seemingly funny, innocent post that has women veterans steering clear of the Legion and its posts.”
ALP#397 Vice Commander Jeff Chen dismissed controversy behind the titillating post, noting that it was all in good fun.
“It was a generalized post to show humor,” Marine veteran Chen told Stars and Stripes. “The post got removed, we serve a wide diversity of veterans.”
The Legion’s national headquarters ordered the post removed and declared this issue “addressed,” much to Pearsall’s delight.
“One bad apple will not deter me for the Legion mission. Stand for something or fall for anything!” Pearsall wrote.
The Legion has allegedly been trying to appeal to female veterans in light of declining numbers, and are hoping to shed the stereotype that such organizations are little more than clubs for older male vets.
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