By Kynli Smith
For the past 15 years, Jim Whipps has been dedicating his time serving as the ad-jutant for American Legion Post 29.
After being the bookkeeper and “go-to” person for the post, Whipps is retiring but still plans on being involved with the post as much as he can.
“My dad told me to join the American Legion,” Whipps said. “He just felt vets should belong to an organization that stood up for our rights as veterans.”
Like this father, Whipps is a veteran. He served in the Vietnam War after being drafted at age 23 in 1962.
“If it wasn’t for the veteran organizations, we wouldn’t have a voice in Congress and we probably wouldn’t even have a VA,” Whipps said.
During his time at the Legion, Whipps served as adjutant and also represented the Legion for the Wyoming High School Rodeo executive board.
While serving on the rodeo board, Whipps worked with local, state and national high school rodeo organizers.
“He revitalized the post and was the go-to guy for years,” said American Legion State Auxiliary president Becky Allred.
Whipps is currently still filtering calls for the post and plans on going to all the meetings.
“I still plan to help out whenever I can,” said Whipps.
Whipps says he also plans on enjoying his new free time by catching up on some reading.