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Veterans Helping Veterans
A Letter from The Commander
The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization in the world, as such, we must remember “service” is the key word.
Since our conception in 1919, we have provided a platform for all veterans from World War I to present. With each of these, we have answered the call to address the needs of veterans and their families. Most recently, Agent Orange, Blue Water Navy and Burn Pit Legislation.
We as an organization, not only serve veterans but the wives, sons and daughters of those veterans. What happens to the veteran impacts their family.
Supporting our communities, state and nation with each helping hand shows our commitment to each one, getting involved is our mission. We begin with membership, the more members we have, the louder our voice in Washington D.C. and the louder our voice is the more The American Legion can accomplish . We owe it to veterans, to reach out and offer our assistance by saying “How can I help you”. Talk about our youth programs at Post, District and Department levels and the scholarships available to aid them in sending their children to college. As it has been said before “Our children are our future”.
Lastly, remember we are a family, The American Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion and the Legion Riders. Together, we can accomplish amazing things. The American Legion is just that, a family, reach out and find those veterans and ask them to become one of our family members.
Since our charter, our American Legion Department of Nevada has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining a Post in our state enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.
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National Commander of The American Legion - 2023-2024
Daniel J. Seehafer
Daniel J. Seehafer was elected national commander of the nation’s largest veterans organization on Aug. 31, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C., during The American Legion’s 104th national convention. Seehafer likes to say, “It’s personal,” when it comes to The American Legion’s mission of serving veterans and their families. He is continuing the theme of “Be the One” to prevent veteran suicide.
An ordained minister from Wisconsin, Seehafer earned his American Legion eligibility through service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, where he served as a military chaplain. A member of American Legion Post 157 in Horicon, Wis., Seehafer has served in a number of American Legion offices at every level, including national chaplain and commander of the Department of Wisconsin.
Born and raised in Merrill, Wis., he lettered in cross-country track while in high school and later received a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Concordia University and a Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Seehafer was installed as assistant pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon in 1997 and continues to serve as administrative pastor of the church and its school. His American Legion post was recognized for “100 percent” and “All-Time High” in membership during his terms as commander and adjutant. Other honors include district commander’s new post achievement award, Silver Brigade membership recruiting award, and Post 157 Legionnaire of the Year.
In 2023, Seehafer earned an Outstanding Heroism Award for administering the Heimlich maneuver to a choking victim at an American Legion dinner.
National Commander Seehafer and his wife, Stacey, who is a member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 157, live in Beaver Dam, Wis. Dan’s son, Jacob, and daughter, Emma, are also members of the Post 157 family.
WESTERN REGION - NATIONAL VICE COMMANDER
Randy D. Edwards
Randy D. Edwards is a retired Army veteran who served in Special Forces, the Utah National Guard and the Army Reserve. Edwards is a Paid Up For Life member of The American Legion and has held offices at every level of the organization. He has served as the department (state) commander of Utah and chaired the Americanism Commission, Citizenship and Naturalization Sub-Committee, and the 1919 Society Charities for Utah. He was also an associate representative for the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services.
Edwards is the first veteran's treatment coordinator mentor of District 4 Court in Provo, Utah. He wrote the Mentors Handbook for District 4 and earned the Utah prestigious Court Volunteer of the Year Award in 2015. He served on the Governor’s Military Advisory Board (2012-2013), earned the National Daughter of the American Revolution Volunteers Award (2022) and the Utah County Veterans Voluntary Award (2022). He serves as the State Funeral for All Wars chairman for Utah, honoring the last living Medal of Honor recipients for all wars. He previously served as southern chairman of fundraising for the Utah Veterans and Military Affairs State Cemetery. Edwards has served as the Utah County Veterans Services Coordinator for the Utah County Commissioners since 2009. He founded and chairs the Utah County Veterans Services Community Partnership monthly meetings. He enjoys and displays historic national flags for all community events for the Freedom Festival in Provo and is the chairman for the Freedom Festival Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Edwards enjoys cruises with his wife, Linda. He is a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoys reading, history and vexillology (study of flags).