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Ask An Expert Three Questions with Tim Tierney, American Legion Post 347 Commander

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tim Tierney, of the Village of Lake Deaton, knows all about the impact of The Villages growth as commander of American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake.

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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 7:00 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Tue Jun 13, 2017.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tim Tierney, of the Village of Lake Deaton, knows all about the impact of The Villages growth as commander of American Legion Post 347 in Lady Lake.

Are you anticipating even more growth as The Villages expands south of State Road 44?

Yes, especially because many of the veterans who are still moving to The Villages are mainly Vietnam War-era veterans. Our largest contingency is the Vietnam vet. It’s 4,800 of us. We get a lot of transfers from other states because of The Villages. When they decide this is the place they want to live, and happen to be legionnaires, this is where they’ll come.

What has been one of the positive impacts of The Villages’ continuing growth on the post?

Being a nonprofit, the post supports a lot of charities. We donated around $120,000 last year to other veterans organizations, local charities and scholarships to The Villages and Leesburg high schools. So, the benefit of a larger post is benefits for the charities that we support. With the additional income, this growth allows us to assist our regular charities and any new charities that we support.

Where in The Villages are you seeing the growth?

 We get members from all around The Villages. But I would say probably from 70 to 75 percent of our 6,140 members are Villagers. But in general, the growth is coming from south of County Road 466A. That’s where all the new residents are.