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The Department of Virginia proudly presents our next candidate for National Commander of the American Legion, Brett P. Reistad.
Brett has dedicated 37-years of active service to the American Legion and its programs. His involvement in the Legion began through a chance encounter with a WWII veteran and legionnaire who learned of Brett’s U.S. Army Vietnam War era service, and extended an invitation to join McLean Post 270 in McLean, Virginia. He was encouraged to attend the next scheduled meeting, where he was warmly welcomed, initiated into membership, and told that young veterans of his age will be the future of the American Legion. For Brett, the camaraderie, patriotism and spirit of service resonated strongly, and within two years, he was serving as post commander.
Through the encouragement of mentors, Brett sought opportunities of increased responsibility. In the ensuing years, he excelled in leadership roles at the district, department and national levels – most recently as chairman of the National Legislative Commission. With the encouragement of fellow legionnaires and family, he was nominated to be a candidate for national commander.
As an active candidate for national commander for the 2018-2019 Legion year, Brett, if elected, will have the honor of serving during the Legion’s centennial. He looks forward to the opportunity of leading the largest wartime veterans service organization in the country, comprised of 2 million members, with 13,000+ posts located throughout the world. Brett has chosen “Celebrating Our Legacy” as his theme as the Legion celebrates its centennial, and we ask for your support as he campaigns throughout the country.
The American Legion was founded on March 15-17, 1919 by our veterans of World War I, “the war to end all wars,” beginning with a caucus of AEF troops in Paris, France, seeking to establish an organization to perpetuate the ideals for which they served. It was thereafter chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. The 100th American Legion National Convention in 2018 kicks off a 15-month commemoration to honor the organization’s first century of service and propel it into the second. Minneapolis, home of the 1st American Legion National Convention in 1919 will serve as host city of the 100th National Convention from Aug. 24-30, 2018. Centennial events and activities will be conducted at the national, department and post levels through the 101st National Convention in Indianapolis from Aug. 23-29, 2019, and will culminate on Veterans Day 2019. For additional information, see: http://centennial.legion.org/.