Denise Rohan, National Commander of the American Legion. With her election yesterday, she became the first female leader in the American Legion’s 98-year history.
“When our organization was started back in 1919, our founders said, ‘A veteran is a veteran.’ So ever since then, women have been part of our organization. Women could vote for national commander of the American Legion before they could vote for president of the United States, and there are females leading this organization across the nation. I just happen to be the lucky one that gets to do this.”
“Here I am today, the newly elected national commander of the largest veterans service organization in this nation. And that post that denied me membership 37 years ago? Well, they have a picture of me up in their post with a sign under it that says, ‘She could have been a member here.’ Remember: Women are veterans too.”
Stripes, Photograph via the La Crosse Tribune