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Commissions and Committees

The commissions and committees of The American Legion are composed of volunteer Legionnaires, backed by national staff. Together they do the work of the Legion, carrying out its resolutions and programs. Over the course of a year, each commission and committee records successes and growth. Included below are links to their yearly reports.

Daniel Dellinger
National Commander
Virginia

Daniel S. Wheeler

National Adjutant
Virginia

Affiliated Corporations and Trusts

  • THE AMERICAN LEGION ENDOWMENT FUND CORPORATION
  • AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION, INC.
  • OVERSEAS GRAVES DECORATION TRUST
  • AMERICAN LEGION CHARITIES

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Richard W. Anderson
Chairman
Connecticut

Jill K. Druskis

Director
Nebraska

Americanism Commission

  • To supervise and coordinate national committee activity;
  • To promote an understanding and appreciation of American government, the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, and activity in the American way of life through youth activities, community service, instruction of prospective citizens and legal immigrants, education and educational facilities, and protection of the U.S. flag from physical desecration.
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Michael E. Walton
Chairman
Illinois

Bridget A. Robinson

Director
Georgia

Convention Commission

  • To oversee the implementation of The American Legion’s Request for Proposal (RFP) pertaining to the guidelines for selecting cities to be recommended to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for awarding a National Convention bid;
  • To supervise and coordinate (with the host Convention Corporation, where applicable) all activities, venues and logistical requirements associated with the conduct of a National Convention;
  • To administer and refer all National Convention related resolutions to the applicable national commission and the National Executive Committee;
  • To assist the Chief Judge and Assistant Chief Judge of Contests with the implementation of procedures supporting the effective conduct of all uniformed groups’ contests at the National Convention;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Kenneth D. Danilson
Chairman
Iowa

Shawn Long, CPA

Director
Indiana

Finance Commission

  • To prepare the yearly budget and the handling of funds under that budget;
  • Such other duties as shall be prescribed by the NEC, subject to the approval of the NEC.

Assigned to the Finance Commission for supervision and coordination are the Emblem Committee, Marketing Committee, Revenue Enhancement Committee and Overseas Graves Decoration Trust. The American Legion Endowment Fund Corporation is not a part of any commission, but does submit its reports to the NEC through the Finance Commission, as does The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

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Larry J. Besson
Chairman
Illinois

John W. Querfeld

Director
Illinois

Internal Affairs Commission

  • To formulate and recommend policies and to oversee the implementation of adopted policies relating to activities conducted for organizational purposes, including but not limited to such policies as do not properly come within the scope of any other national commission;
  • To review and give guidance to the necessary administrative operations of the National Headquarters;
  • To recommend policies and procedures relating to trophies and awards given by the National Organization in connection with American Legion activities;
  • To act on all nominations for The American Legion Distinguished Service Medal and report recommendations to the National Executive Committee;
  • To be responsible for the contents of the Manual of Ceremonies, promotion of the use of the Manual, the proper wearing of uniforms, caps, regalia, official badges, etc.;
  • To review and recommend to the National Executive Committee recipients of the International Amity Award and the Canadian Friendship Award;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Brett P. Reistad
Chairman
Virginia

Louis J. Celli Jr.

Director
Massachusetts

Legislative Commission

  • To provide the National Executive Committee with a copy of the annual consolidated Legislative Council activities report;
  • To collect, into a single report, a comprehensive compilation of all resolutions adopted by the National Convention and/or the National Executive Committee which seek action by the United States Congress or are a legislative policy statement of The American Legion;
  • To update this compilation after each of the aforementioned sessions into a comprehensive summary of The American Legion’s legislative program;
  • To assist other commissions and their staffs in representing The American Legion before the United States Congress, and each committee thereof, on all legislative matters in which The American Legion is officially interested;
  • To assist, through its reports to the National Executive Committee and its liaison with other Commissions, in the formulation of appropriate legislative actions to be officially endorsed by resolution adopted by The American Legion;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Benedict A. Lee
Chairman
North Carolina

R. Jeffrey Stoffer

Director
Indiana

Media & Communications Commission

  • Internal:  To educate, motivate and inform The American Legion Family of the mission and programs of The American Legion for the purpose of making them promoters of and participants in the activities and aims of The American Legion;
  • External:  To build awareness of and support for the primary mission and purpose of The American Legion, specially among individual citizens, the United States Congress, national and local government agencies and corporate America;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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G. Michael Schlee
Chairman
Maryland

John Stovall

Director
Washington

National Security Commission

  • To recommend policies that will ensure the national security of the United States of America;
  • To have an understanding of the federal budget process and the budget of the United States departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security;
  • To maintain a professional working relationship with the United States departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security;
  • To maintain a professional working relationship with all congressional oversight committees and staff relating to the purposes of the Commission;
  • To monitor the hearings of these oversight committees and provide congressional testimony in cooperation with the Legislative Commission and staff;
  • To be knowledgeable about security threats to the United States of America as defined by the United States departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Daniel Dellinger
National Commander
Virginia

Daniel S. Wheeler

National Adjutant
Virginia

Special Committees

  • ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO NATIONAL COMMANDER
  • CITIZENS FLAG ALLIANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
  • VETERANS POLICY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (VPOC)
  • AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS

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Ralph P. Bozella
Chairman
Colorado

Verna Jones

Director
North Carolina

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission

  • To formulate and recommend to the National Executive Committee of The American Legion policies, plans and programs on direct assistance, outreach and support for veterans and their families with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims and benefits, health care, memorial affairs and women veterans programs to ensure that they receive the highest quality of care from VA for their injuries and illnesses incurred from their military service;
  • To coordinate the activities of the National Organization in veterans affairs;
  • To oversee the effectiveness of The American Legion’s programs of service to these war veterans and their dependents in claims for benefits administered by federal and state programs;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Denise H. Rohan
Chairman
Wisconsin

Joseph C. Sharpe Jr., District of Columbia

Director
Indiana

Veterans Employment & Education Commission

  • To supervise and coordinate all activities of committees assigned to the Veterans Employment & Education Commission;
  • When necessary, to initiate action concerning all matters affecting the economic well-being of veterans and/or the re-establishment of all war veterans returning to civilian life after a period of active service in the Armed Forces of the United States;
  • To keep the National Commander and the National Executive Committee informed concerning all developments affecting the economic welfare of veterans in all areas under the jurisdiction of the Veterans Employment & Education Commission;
  • Such other purposes as may be assigned to it by the National Executive Committee.

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Jeff Brown
Executive Director
Indiana

National Headquarters

Indianapolis
Indiana

Administrative Services

Executive Director Jeff Brown performs duties assigned by the national adjutant, and fills in for him when he is out of the office. He also oversees the Indianapolis-based divisions, including Americanism, Media & Communications, Internal Affairs, Membership, Meetings & Convention, Finance, Human Resources, Maintenance, The American Legion Library and the Emil A. Blackmore Museum; and serves on any committees as assigned.

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Peter Gaytan
Executive Director
Maryland

Washington Office

District of Columbia
Washington

Administrative Services

Executive Director Peter Gaytan manages the work of the several divisions that deal regularly with the administration, Congress and agencies of the federal government. Four divisions are housed at this office: Veterans Employment & Education, Legislative, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and National Security.

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Richard D. Holmes
Executive Director
Indiana

John H. Geiger Operations Center

Indianapolis
Indiana

Administrative Services

Executive Director Dick Holmes oversees operations of the commercial and technical-support divisions of the Legion’s facility on the east side of Indianapolis, and is responsible for the performance of American Legion Flag & Emblem Sales, Information Technology, Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorships, Membership Support Services and Print & Production.

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