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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
(Separate corporation, but reports through Finance Commission)
Membership
Nine members to be selected by the NEC, three to be appointed each year and each to serve for a term of three years. Members need not be Legionnaires, although to this time all have been and this provision was evidently put in anticipating a future when The American Legion would cease to exist.

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Richard W. Anderson
Chairman
Connecticut

Jill K. Druskis

Director
Nebraska

Americanism Commission

Purpose

  • 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.

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Michael E. Walton
Chairman
Illinois

Bridget A. Robinson

Director
Georgia

Convention Commission

Purpose

  • 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;

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Kenneth D. Danilson
Chairman
Iowa

Shawn Long, CPA

Director
Indiana

Finance Commission

Purpose

  • 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.

(See Article I, Section 5, of the National By-Laws of The American Legion.)

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Larry J. Besson
Chairman
Illinois

John W. Querfeld

Director
Illinois

Internal Affairs Commission

Purpose

  • 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;

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Brett P. Reistad
Chairman
Virginia

Louis J. Celli Jr.

Director
Massachusetts

Legislative Commission

Purpose

  • To provide the National Executive Committee with a copy of the annual consolidated Legislative Council activities report (which summarizes the Legislative Council’s grass-roots lobbying efforts for each congressional session and is due to the National Executive Committee at its Pre-Convention meeting per Resolution 28, NEC, October 19-20, 1994);

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Benedict A. Lee
Chairman
North Carolina

R. Jeffrey Stoffer

Director
Indiana

Media & Communications Commission

G. Michael Schlee
Chairman
Maryland

John Stovall

Director
Washington

National Security Commission

Daniel Dellinger
National Commander
Virginia

Daniel S. Wheeler

National Adjutant
Virginia

Special Committees

ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO NATIONAL COMMANDER
Membership

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Ralph P. Bozella
Chairman
Colorado

Verna Jones

Director
North Carolina

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission

Denise H. Rohan
Chairman
Wisconsin

Joseph C. Sharpe Jr., District of Columbia

Director
Indiana

Veterans Employment & Education Commission

Purpose

  • 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;

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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 whenever 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: Economic, Legislative, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and National Security/Foreign Relations.

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Richard D. Holmes
Executive Director
Indiana

John H. Geiger Operations Center

Indianapolis
Indiana

Administrative Services

Executive Director Richard D. 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, Corporate Sponsorships and Membership Support Services.

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