National Commander


Strength comes from membership
By Denise H. Rohan, National Commander
JAN 11, 2018
Dear American Legion Family and Friends,
There is strength in numbers. And there is dedication among American Legion Family
members. Combine American Legion dedication and strength through numbers, and we
have a time-honored formula for meaningful advocacy for the values we share: support
for veterans, our troops, young people and patriotism.
Every day, we see American Legion members supporting today’s service members.
Sons of The American Legion members are diligently attending to the needs of older
veterans. American Legion Riders are raising money right this minute for scholarships
to help young people. And Auxiliary members are working tirelessly to support their
posts, chapters and squadrons.
Communities across America today are better off due to American Legion membership.
I know this first-hand, having witnessed the kindness of American Legion Family
members in many ways. I also know the impact we have on veterans, service members
and their families can’t be always be expressed in numbers.
Yet, it’s numbers we need now, more than ever before.

Without strong numbers, our influence to fight for veterans’ rights on Capitol Hill is
jeopardized. Our youth programs will mentor fewer children who need our guidance.
Our charitable donations will help fewer veterans, service members and their families
who need us.
In my travels as your national commander, I have seen the best of The American
Legion. Veterans helping veterans and strengthening every corner of our nation.
We need to retain current members and recruit new ones to continue effectively serving
our communities, states and nation in ways only The American Legion Family can. This
coming weekend, the national Membership and Post Activities Committee will meet to
lay out plans for growth.
But we need your help. Check in with expired members and encourage them to rejoin.
Connect with younger veterans and let them know how The American Legion has their
There are tools to help you succeed and help us grow:
 There are wonderful flyers, presentations, posters, ads and more that you can use.
Download them at the Legion’s membership page.
 Each month, we are sending three copies of The American Legion Magazine to
every post – at no charge. These are intended to be resources to give to
prospective members, or leave behind at places where veterans congregate – VA
hospitals, doctor’s offices, etc.
 Review the Legion’s Basic Training course and encourage other members to check
it out. The interactive guide features videos, digital photos, clickable links, a
historical timeline and more to help visitors learn more about our organization.
Together, our dedication and the strength of numbers will allow us to continue standing
tall for veterans and service members as we near the beginning of a second century of
service. We will fight to ensure that veterans receive the health care they deserve, that
our troops are poised to succeed, that rewarding career opportunities are available for
veterans and their spouses, children are educated and our nation’s flag is treated with
the respect it deserves.
Family First.

Adjutant’s Call

Adjutants Call


Have you already paid your dues and perhaps even received your membership card and you wonder why you keep getting a dues overdue renewal notice? It is not you.  Let me explain.  You pay your dues to the Post and the post sends you your card.  You think we are done.  But we don’t send your dues to the state until we get a few more members to pay, then we send one check for a bunch of members.  That could be a week later than when you received your card.  It takes up to four weeks more for the state to receive our checks and process them and have the National registry finally post it.  The National are the ones who send the notice! 
Guess who gets to answer for the repeat dues notices?  Ugh!!

Reminder – The Post is NOT allowed to serve you if you do not have a current year membership card. The 2018 Post 221 MEMBERSHIP FEE is $40.00. We are doing well, but need to get EVERYONE to pay their membership fee for 2018 as soon as you can. Reminder you can send your fee to the post or RENEW on line at  You have to pay your National dues annually without missing a year or your continuous service reverts back to ZERO.  This applies to SAL members as well.

General body meetings are held on the second Tuesday night of each month at 7:00 PM in the Rivet room beginning again in September.  Please make a note. All members are encouraged to attend.

The Post is officially chartered as Chapter 221 American Legion Riders.  They are gaining in membership, have shared rides with fellow bikers. If you are a member in good standing of the Legion, the SONs or the Auxiliary and own your own motorcycle, you can apply for membership. Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 in the Rivet room.  Come on down and meet the members and see what you think.

As the Adjutant, I have access to membership information for the Post and have contacts at the District and Department level. I am here to answer your questions/concerns and help you or find someone who can. Let me know.
Jim Voss

Jim Voss

Pearl Harbor: Keep the Legacy

BEDFORD:  The incredible resilience and valor portrayed by the men and women at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is a legacy that benefited the entire free world.  Seventy-five years later most of the witnesses are no longer with us but the legacy of the men and women who defended Pearl Harbor on that day of infamy will always remain. Service, sacrifice, and valor were demonstrated by American heroes at unprecedented levels and foreshadowed the trials, toughness, and grit that epitomized the Greatest Generation during the Second World War.  American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt often encourages Legion posts to “carry the legacy forward.” He refers to the great accomplishments of previous generations of Legionnaires, while also asking current Legionnaires to begin new legacies that will benefit the next generation of Veterans.

The more than 2,400 men, women, and children who died the day of the attack, would be joined by thousands of others in the seven and a half decades since.  Jon ‘OC’ O’Connor is the commander of Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton American Legion Post 221 here in Bedford.  He reminds us, “As those of our members able to provide firsthand accounts become fewer and fewer, it is up to us to keep their legacies alive.”  For the United States, Pearl Harbor was the commencement of war. For Japan, it marked the beginning of the end. “For those heroes of 75 years ago, we shall always be grateful. God bless our World War II veterans, God Bless the American Legion, and God Bless America.”

Post 221 general meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month in the downstairs members lounge at 7:00 PM.  For more information or membership contact OC at (781) 275-3140 or Our American Legion Family offers a smoke free environment at Post 221.