Denise Rohan - National Commander
Denise Rohan, Past Commander of
The Department of Wisconsin
National Commander of
The American Legion
DENISE ROHAN OF WISCONSIN TAKES OVER LEADERSHIP OF NATIONS LARGEST VETERANS ORGANIZATION
Rohan said her theme this year will be “Family First,” and that the theme is based on The American Legion’s motto of “For God and Country."
Standing center stage at the podium during the 99th annual Convention of The American Legion, Denise Rohan spoke for the first time as the first woman elected as American Legion national commander. Commander Rohan had one question for the delegates to the Legion’s national convention in Reno, Nevada.: “Are you ready?" Rohan said her theme this year will be “Family First,” and that the theme is based on The American Legion’s motto of “For God and Country." She then proceeded to talk about family first and how The American Legion is charged with the responsibility of helping our service members and their families. Her challenging question was, “Are you ready to continue to join forces as part of the nation’s largest veteran service organization’s family?” Included in her address was a heartwarming story about help given to a family in need while the husband/father was deployed to Afghanistan. Her statements about helping others echoed those of another very important person in our history. Abraham Lincoln, at the conclusion of his Second Inaugural address, called on all Americans to care for their veterans and their survivors. "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." Those words have rung out for many years and once again, at the 99th Annual National Convention, they were said in different terms with the same enthusiasm by Commander Rohan. “To make a difference in someone's life," she said, " you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care enough to be there."
We wish our best and pledge our support to Denise Rohan as the Past Commander of the Department of Wisconsin member and now our National Commander. Congratulations!