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Legion Officers

Commander:
Darryl Jasmer
503-625-3403

First Vice:
Gary Gibbons
503-980-5121

Second Vice:
Dave Ball
503-341-4032

Adjutant:
Eric Thomas
503-625-4836

Finance:
Terry Reasor
503-590-0668

Chaplain:
Jim Langer
503-839-3734

Sgt. At Arms:
Ken Sandquist
503-625-7569

Service Officer:
Dave Ball
503-341-4032

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Dates in the History of

The American Legion

Mar.  15-17 1919 The American Legion is founded in Paris by Members of the American Expeditionary Force.
Sept.       16, 1919

The U.S. Congress charters The American Legion

Nov. 10-12, 1919 First national convention of The American Legion convenes in Minneapolis, Minn.  Organization's Constitution and Preamble are adopted.  resolution adopted supporting the Boy Scouts of America as first youth program. 
Aug.          9, 1921 The U.S. Veterans Bureau, forerunner of the Veterans Admnistration, is created as a result of efforts by The American Legion.

June      

15, 1923 First "Flag Code" is drafted during conference called by The American Legion.  congress adopted the code in 1942.

July       

17, 1925 American Legion Baseball is created
June        23, 1935 First American Legion Boys State convenes in Springfield, Ill.
June           1, 1938

First American Legion National High School Oratorical Championship held in Norman, Oklahoma.

Sept. 19-21, 1942 Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion is changed for the first and only time since it was written in 1919.  The word "War" is changed to "Wars".
Dec.        15, 1943 Harry w.  Colmery, past national commander of the American Legion, writes in longhand on hotel stationery the first draft of what will become the "GI Bill of Rights."
June       22, 1944 President Franklin Roosevelt signs The GI Bill into laws.
May         29, 1946 A $50,000 grant from The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary is presented to a small, struggling organization - the American Heart Association - to inaugurate a nationwide program for the study, prevention and treatment of rheumatic heart disease. 
May           4 1950 The American Legion votes to contribute funds to the field of mental health with the provision that the three major mental health organizations then in existence be amalgamated into one.  They accepted this provision and the National Association for Mental Health was born. 
July           9, 1954 The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is formed. 
Sept.   1, 1966 The American Legion voices great concern over the fate of POWs in Vietnam.
Aug.   26, 1982 The American Legion presents a $1 million check to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund toward the construction of 'The Wall' in Washington, D.C.
July       21, 1983 The American Legion announces its sponsorship of an independent study of the effects of exposure to Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans. (The results of "The American Legion-Columbia University Study of Vietnam-era Veterans" were presented to Congress in 1989.)
Jan.           1, 1989 The Department of Veterans Affairs begins operations.  The American Legion fought for the VA to become a cabinet-level department, arguing that veterans deserved representation in the highest councils of government.
Oct.     16, 1989 Longstanding objective of The American Legion is achieved  as the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals begins operations.
Oct.      11, 1990 The Family Support Network of The American Legion is formed to assist the families of military personnel deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
June     15, 1991 The American Legion's first Junior Shooting Sports National Air Rifle Championships are held at the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs, Colo.
April      

5,

1993 The first class of recently discharged veterans begins training in Sterling, VA, for eventual placement in  well-paying jobs in the construction industry.  The landmark training and job placment program is a joint effort by The American Legion and the Laborer's International Union of North America.
Aug.       24, 1994 The American Legion announces creation of the Citizens Flag Alliance to work for a constitutional amendment to protect the American flag from physical desecration.
Sept.            24,   1994 The Americana Legion announces partnership with the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum to develop an exhibit for the bomber Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.  Previous museum plans had drawn intense criticism from veterans, scholars and the public.
Jan.        30, 1995 The American Legion announces acceptance of a scaled-down exhibit "without political commentary" for the Enola Gay, ending the greatest controversy in the Smithsonian Institute's 149-year history.
Oct.         

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1995 The American Legion forms a Persion Gulf Task Force to enhance the organization's service to these veterans. 
Sept.     

16,

1996 The first $20,000 postsecondary scholarships i n the Samsung-American Legion High School Scholars program are granted to 10 students. 
June   11, 1997 The American Legion National emergency Fund exceeds the $1 million mark in grants in 1997 to flood victims in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota and North Dakota.
Sept.    3, 1997 The first National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award is presented during the 79th National Convention in Orlando, Fla.
March   28, 2000 The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion donate $2.7 million to the World War II Memorial Fund.  Donatins exceed $3.4 million by year end.
Sept.         5, 2000 The American Leigon presents the first "Spirit of Service" Awards to active duty service members for their off-duty volunteer activities.
Aug. 28-30, 2001 The American Legion passes resolution to rekindle the Blue Star Service Banner pgogram.
Sept.      12, 2001 The American Legion reactivates the Family Support Network following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.
Oct., 10-11 2001 The American Legion creates the American Legacy Scholarship Fund for children of military members killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001.
Sept.      11, 2002 The American Legion takes lead in conducting "A Day to Remember" events to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the nation.
Nov.                 2002 The American Legion launches national "I Am Not A Number" campaign to identify and document the delays veterans face in obtaining earned medical care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
April   2003 The American Legion turns up the effort to eliminate the Disabled Veterans Tax, known as 'Concurrent Receipt' in political circles.  As the last quarter of the year begins lawmakers continue to search for a solution as they feel pressure from their consituents. 

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