District Commander’s Vision
Thank you for choosing me to serve the 16th District as Commander for the year of 2021-2022.
My Goal for the year is very simple:
I would like to see the Posts and all the members within the 16th District revisit and renew their efforts in supporting the Four (4) pillars of the American Legion.
Americanism: • Flag Protection • Illegal Immigration • Voter Registration and Participation • Boy Scouts of America • The Pledge of Allegiance • Establishment-Clause Lawsuits • Legacy Run • Boys Nation • American Legion Baseball
Children and Youth: • Child Pornography • Catastrophic Illness • Intellectual Disabilities • Immunization • Family Integrity • Media Violence • Drug Abuse • Child Sexual Exploitation • Family Support Network • Temporary Financial Assistance • Samsung Scholarship • Child Welfare Foundation
National Security: • Support for the Troops • Size of the Armed Forces • Quality of Life • Homeland Security • POW/MIA • Operation Comfort Warriors
Veterans Affairs: • VA Claims Backlog • Access to VA Health Care • Network of Service Officers • VA Vet Centers • Health-care Funding Formula • Veterans with Special Needs • Volunteering • Final Respects • Heroes to Hometowns • Careers for Veterans • Homelessness • GI Bill Benefits.
You may be asking how to help revisit and support these. Well, it is just like the Department of Virginia Commander said at the beginning of this membership year. Each Post needs to try to support at least one new American Legion program. Such as sponsoring a young man to Boys State, sponsor a young man or woman to the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement program. Ensure your Post has an active Service Officer, visit the schools in your area and teach the flag code. The list goes on and on. Please take a few minutes and look over what programs the American Legion has. Let us in the 16th District try to meet the Department Commanders challenge and start a new program in each of your Posts.
I look forward to working with each and everyone of you in making this a fantastic year.
Mark A. Stein
Commander 16th District of Virginia