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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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Robert "Bob" Oeth of Elberfeld, Indiana was elected Commander of the 70-000-member Indiana American Legion by acclimation in the closing session of the 104th annual Department Convention July 8, 2023 in Indianapolis.


Oeth, a 52-year member of The American Legion, is a Vietnam Era veteran who served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1975. During his three year tour he received three citations for his outstanding job performance and leadership qualities, one of which was his selection as Soldier of the Year candidate for the Third Army and European Forces.


A member of American Legion Post 351 in Elberfeld, Indiana, Commander Oeth has held the position of Post Commander, Vice-Commander, Finance Officer, Post Adjutant and given a life membership to the post for exceptional service. In 1988, he was elected Commander of Indiana’s Eighth District, and has served terms of service as District Vice-Commander, Membership Chairman and a member of many committees. 


Commander Oeth has served in a variety of positions at the Department level. He served as a Commission Chair, 2000-2001 Department Southern Vice-Commander, Hoosier Boys State Board of Directors and was the Hoosier Boys State Director from 2013 to 2017. In 2007, he was honored with the Department Distinguished Service Award. 


On the American Legion National level, he has been appointed to serve on the Legislative Council and the National Security Commission, Military Benefits and Quality of Life Committee. 

He and his wife Debby have been married for 46 years. Together they raised three children and have six grandchildren and one great grandson. His son-in-law, Brandon Cross, is the 2023-2024 Department Sergeant-at-Arms. He has served his church as President of the Zion United Church of Christ, retired from the Elberfeld Volunteer Fire Department, a life member of the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and an SAL member of his post.


The main goal of his 2023-2024 Commander's Project is to increase awareness and participation in Indiana Legion Programs. He believes our Youth Programs are our future and are instrumental in maintaining ourselves as pillars of our communities. These programs not only develop our future leaders but also function as a way to reverse the membership decline of the past few years.


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Kenny Cooper

National Executive Committee

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Wayne Zeman

Northern Vice-Commander

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Joe Allen

Southern Vice-Commander

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David Miller

Membership Chair

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Joe Bumbleburg

Judge Advocate

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Norris Keirn

Department Chaplain

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Michael Wooden

1st District Commander

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Cecil Brummett

3rd District Commander

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J. David Burnette Jr.

5th District Commander

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Dale McDonald

7th District Commander

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Lonny Barnett

9th District Commander

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Robert Rowley

11th District Commander

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Terry Smith

NEC Alternate

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Jack Platt

Northern Vice-Commander

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Jerry Melton

Southern Vice-Commander

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Brandon Cross


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Hugh Dagley

Asst. Judge Advocate

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Steve DeFeo

Department Historian

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Jill Wable

2nd District Commander

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Dan Richardson

4th District Commander

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Judy Pearson

6th District Commander

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Brian Barnett

8th District Commander

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Scott Meyer

10th District Commander


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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

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Thad Thompson

Logistics Director


Cameron Michaels

Communications Manager

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Debbie Gibbs

Executive Assistant


Candy Long

Membership Coordinator


Jessie Manning


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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

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Stephen Greger

Department Service Officer


Joe Williams

Department Service Officer


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Lori Patterson

Rehab Sr. Executive Assistant

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Tegan Lara

Rehab Executive Assistant


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