Our second guest is National Commander of the American Legion Charles E. Schmidt. American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt, a Vietnam War veteran, loves his country but believes that America could do more to love those who have worn the uniform and protect our way of life.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. Following the war, The American Legion was founded by a group of World War I veterans in Paris and dedicated itself to the four pillars of providing a strong national defense; care and rehabilitative programs for veterans; patriotic programs for young people; and Americanism.
Charles E. Schmidt was elected national commander of the 2.2 million-member American Legion on Sept. 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 98th national convention of the nation’s largest veterans organization.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans’ service organization, with about 2.2 million members and more than 13,000 posts worldwide, whose members are involved in community-based support of veterans, service members and their families. The American Legion is strongly committed to helping veterans and military families with its outreach programs and lobbying efforts, as a new generation of returning veterans reintegrate into the community.
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