Greetings, my fellow comrades and Auxiliaries of the Great 8th District of Minnesota. Thank you for all the hard work you have done, and continue to do, to keep the 8th District one of the greatest districts in Minnesota. The path to greatness is never easy and there is always work to be done. I know that with the leadership we have in place this year, we will continue to be one of the greatest districts this state (and nation) has ever seen.
I was elected as the VFW Minnesota District 8 Commander at the Loyalty Day Convention in Pengilly, on May 1, 2016. This appointment didn’t go into effect until the VFW Department of Minnesota Convention in Rochester, on June 12, 2016. I am a Life Member (since 1999) of the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet, MN. I am also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans (Carlton County Chapter 18) and an annual member of the American Legion (at large). I retired from the Marine Corps in 1999 after serving over 20 years of active and faithful service. I am also a Captain of the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard and serve on the Board of Directors for the Carlton County Historical Society.
My assignments for the VFW have been: Commander of VFW Post 3979 Cloquet 2008 - 2010; National Aide-de-Camp 2008 – 2009, 2012 – 2013 and 2014 - 2015; National Deputy Chief of Staff 2013 – 2014; District 8 Sr Vice Commander 2015 – 2016; and now District 8 Commander 2016 – 2017. I have also held positions as the POW/MIA Chairman, Veterans Activities Chairman and Publications and Public Relations Officer for the 8th District. I have also been the Webmaster for the 8th District website since its inception 4 years ago, which has taken 1st Place as the best Veterans Service District website in the State of Minnesota since the start.
I have been married to my beautiful wife Susan for 37 years and have 2 children and 2 wonderful grandchildren. My wife is the nuts and bolts that keep this Chasse together, strong and on course. Without her strength and support, I would not be where I am today.
Our mission is to honor the dead by helping the living through Veterans’ Service, Community Service, and National Security. We strive to promote Patriotism and helping Veterans in need. We cannot go wrong and will remain strong as an organization if we adhere to the foundations of our Charter granted to the Veterans of Foreign Wars by the 74th Congress of the United States, which says:
“The purpose of this corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America and extend the institutions of American freedom and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever.”