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$388 million paid to Hoosier vets last year alone through free VA claims processing and advocacy by the Indiana Legion Veterans Services Office.


$171,000 in emergency grants and funds provided to veterans and their families by the Indiana Legion.

$270,000 given in scholarships to Indiana high school students every year by the Indiana Legion.


11,000 hours of volunteer service provided by Legionnaires to their local communities.


American values taught through in-school education programs


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James Daube of Walkerton Indiana was elected Commander of the 70-000-member Indiana American Legion by acclimation in the closing session of the 103rd annual Convention July 9, 2022 in Indianapolis.


Daube, a 51-year member of The American Legion, is a United States Army veteran with overseas service in Vietnam during his three-year enlistment from 1966 to 1969.


A member of Orville Easterday American Legion Post 189 in Walkerton, Indiana, Commander Daube served in all elected offices of his post, including Post Commander. In 2005 he was elected Commander of Indiana’s Third District, after terms of service as District Adjutant, Membership Chair, Vice Commander and, currently, Finance Officer. His tenure as District Commander was characterized “by a firm grasp of our important mission and strong leadership in assuring its fulfillment” according to his fellow Legionnaires.


Commander Daube has served in a variety of responsible positions at the Department level, including chairing all four major commissions and serving on a number of permanent committees, culminating in his election as Northern Vice Commander. He currently represents the Department of Indiana as a member of the National Organization’s nation-wide Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Council.


He and his wife Lois have been married for 30 years. Together they raised four children on a farm at Walkerton and have seven grandchildren. He worked in a local fertilizer plant for 25 years, spent ten years as an independent contractor in that industry and since 2005 has worked in what he calls “a dream job” at the Hamlet Golf Course in Walkerton.


The Commander has set two goals for his administration: to dramatically increase participation in the youth and community service programs of the Department and increase membership – “if only by just one member, we will have at least reversed the decline of the past few years.”


He also has launched as his Commander’s Project for 2022-2023 the remodeling and expansion of the Headquarters building on the grounds of the former Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. This six-figure undertaking when completed will provide additional office and meeting space for the entire American Legion Family.


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Ed Trice

National Executive Committee

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Thomas Frederick

Northern Vice-Commander

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Ron Byrley

Southern Vice-Commander

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Roger Hilligoss

Membership Chair

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Michael Wooden

1st District

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Rob Kelley

3rd District

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Steve Short

5th District

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Dale McDonald

7th District

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Lonny Barnett

9th District

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Yvette Fancher

11th District

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Kenny Cooper

NEC Alternate

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Gail Galich

Northern Vice-Commander

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Gina Owens

Southern Vice-Commander

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Wayne Zeman


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John Mort

2nd District

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Karen Clark

4th District

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Judy Pearson

6th District

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Ronald Arrington

8th District

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Dave Roach

10th District


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Chad Woodburn


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Josh Marshall

Executive Director

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Mark Bernhardt

Finance Director

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Wendy McGinness

Programs Director


Mona Toney

Membership Coordinator

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Thad Thompson


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Debbie Gibbs

Executive Assistant

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Candy Long

Administrative Assistant


Cameron Michaels

Communications Specialist

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John Hickey

Rehabilitation Director 

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Bryce Hullett

Rehabilitation Asst. Director

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Stuart Holloway

Department Service Officer

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Jennifer Tyler

Department Service Officer