American Legion 

  John J. Welch Post 381

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

    2018 -2019 POST OFFICERS 


        Commander:  Duane Frost


        First Vice:  John Gabrielson

       Second Vice:  John Cournyea 
       Third Vice:  Lee Gardnier 
       Post AdjutantJohn Gabrielson 
       Chaplain: Nate Mckenzie
       Sgt.-At-ArmsKeith Newton 
       Historian: James Parks 

    2018 -2019 POST OFFICERS 

President: Candy Ciocco 
First Vice: Robin Wagner
Second Vice: Bonnie Walls
Secretary: Angela Mckenzie 
Treasurer: Grace Feldhousen
Chaplain:  Emily Atwood
Historian:  Billy Jo Letourneau
Sgt. of Arms:  Francine Gagner
 2018 - 2019 POST OFFICERS
Squadron Commander: Roy Bailor
 First Vice: Robert Heller
Second Vice: Rob Frost Sr.
Third Vice: Dave Griffin 
Adjutant: Danny Heller
Treasurer: Chuck McGill
Chaplain: . Robert Frost Jr.
Sgt. of Arms: Tom Switay 

The American Legion is a social and mutual-aid veterans' organization including members of the United States armed forces. The organization was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I, and was later chartered as an official American patriotic society under Title 36 of the United States Code. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and also has offices in Washington, DC. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide.[2]

In addition to organizing commemorative events and volunteer veteran support activities, the American Legion is active in issue-oriented U.S. politics. Its primary political activity is lobbying on behalf of the interests of veterans and service members, including support for veterans benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Affairs hospital system.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and national headquarters.

The American Legion Auxiliary's national headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.

SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.

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