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I Am The American Legion: National Chaplain Daniel McClure

“The American Legion is not a dichotomy.
We aren’t two ideas. We’re one. That conjunction between
God and country has to exist or we’re not the Legion.”

Dan McClure saw people he knew die in Vietnam and realized he wasn’t invincible. “I searched for a couple of years and finally found that the God I believed in was a lot more personal than I thought, and that there was an opportunity to actually know him,” he says.

He studied for the ministry and served 20 years as an Army chaplain, including a tour at Fort Riley, Kan., counseling soldiers returning from Iraq.

McClure wants Legion chaplains to see their office not as a stepping stone to another position but as the best job they’ll ever have: “liaison between God and man,” he says. “The chaplain is the one who goes to the VA hospitals and spends time with vets who really don’t have anybody. You don’t spend a lot of time with the issues. You take care of folks.”

Helping veterans and their families is McClure’s “heartbeat,” he says. “It’s hard to sniff at 2½ million individuals all heading the same way. I want to be a part of that.

"It gives me an opportunity to have a voice I never had when I was in uniform.”

Branch of service: Air Force (1962-1976), Army Reserve (1976-1995), Iowa National Guard (1995-2005)
MOS: Infantryman, chaplain
Rank at discharge: Colonel
American Legion post: Leon Beatty Post 29, Washington, Iowa
Years in the Legion: 12
Veterans activities:

  • National chaplain (2013-2014)
  • Department chaplain (2011-present)
  • District chaplain (2004-present)
  • Post chaplain (2006-2008)
  • District Oratorical chairman
  • Hawkeye Boys State counselor

 

 

Bert Moll

March 16, 2014 - 11:19am

Thank you American Legion for posting and publishing Chaplain McClure's story. He is absolutely on point when he said the birth of our nation was a miracle. The fabric of our nation and our Constitution was founded on the principle that our freedoms are God given. I often pray for our men & women in the military who are defending our freedoms because I believe in the power of prayer and divine intervention. I recently finished reading the book "Fearless" about Adam Brown, a husband, father, and man of faith who gave his life in Afghanistan serving on Seal Team 6 as a Navy Seal. I hope you will feature a story about his life in the American Legion magazine soon.

IVAN WAITE, POST 488, MO, DEPT

March 14, 2014 - 3:58pm

IT IS MY DESIRE AND HOPE THAT CHAPLAINS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION PUBLICLY RECOGNIZE THAT GOD IS INCLUSIVE AND UNIVERSAL FOR ALL HUMANKIND, AND NOT EXCLUSIVELY FOR EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS! THIS RECOGNITION CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY SAYING A PRAYER FOLLOWED BY AMEN.
PRAYERS IN THE NAME OF CHRIST JESUS, ARE NOT INCLUSIVE OF OTHER AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIAN.

Mike Moran

March 14, 2014 - 3:26pm

Church is for Religion, God, etc. The Legion was created/chartered for VETERANS, not another avenue to spread the word, proselytize, evangelize, or convert. Your "Truth" is actually "YOUR" truth. I don't need to see or hear it at a "Veterans" organization!

Chaplain Dan

March 20, 2014 - 5:16pm

Sorry you feel that way. You seem bitter and defensive. By the way church is for worship not religion. Religion and veterans are hand in hand.

Mark Jenkins

March 8, 2014 - 5:36pm

Dan's point about the conjunction of our nation and our Creator God is critical, not just to our survival, but also our prosperity. This connection was obvious to our founders. Franklin noted that "God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow can not fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise with His aid?" This generation of Americans seems to be forgetting this "truth." May God help us if we don't repent.

vincent llanes

February 26, 2014 - 8:02pm

you it is so hard for some of our veterans to find GOD OR JESUS and I found JESUS and this is where I found peace but now my life has really changed indeed. vincent

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