Checklist for new district commanders

Every year, more than 750 Legionnaires across the nation are elected to the position of district commander, but very few have experience with the position. To ensure a smooth transition for incoming district commanders, American Legion Department of Pennsylvania Commander Joe Cocco created a checklist.

The list includes contact information for:

  • District officers and deputy district commanders;
  • Committee chairs;
  • Key people at department and national headquarters;
  • Department and county veteran service officers;
  • Local veteran employment representatives and disabled veterans outreach representatives;
  • VA medical center;
  • Local media;
  • State representatives and senators;
  • Chamber of Commerce and congressional offices, including the veterans constituent service representative and veteran liaison;
  • Veteran financial aid officer or veteran's coordinator at each college within the district; and
  • Charities helping veterans.

The checklist also has:

  • Post addresses and contacts within each post;
  • Posts with current issues that need immediate attention;
  • Minutes of district meetings for the last three years;
  • District meeting dates and places; and
  • Dinners and meetings that the district commander should attend.

For further assistance, download The American Legion’s District Commander’s Guide, which can be found online under Internal Affairs: