2019-2020 Americanism Report

The American Legion Department of Colorado

2019-2020 Community Service Report

Post officers of the Year Awards

Commander Dean Noechel is asking for your help in identifying outstanding posts officers. You can nominate a Post Commander, Adjutant and Sr Vice Commander for this award. Please download the requirements here.

The nominations are due by June 15th. Originally they were to be awarded at the department convention.

An alternate awards ceremony will be announce later.



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Colorado Legion Post 119 honors Old Glory


American Legion Post 119 in Estes Park Colorado,

marked Flag Day with a simple ceremony to retire

worn and unserviceable flags.

Jun 18, 2020



Team Colorado,

You have stepped up to the challenged that was placed before us last August of a membership goal of 21,119 members for Colorado and we surpassed that as of today the 100% target date of June 17, 2020 at 21,349 members 101.089%!!! Thank you for all your hard work. All our Posts, Districts, Department Staff, Post Membership Teams, District Membership Teams and our Department Membership Team lead by your Senior Vice Commander Greg Jackson as Commander of this great Department I say THANK YOU!

This HUGE accomplishment has not been achieved since 2014, PDC Carol Kennedy was our Department Commander and her theme was “Igniting Patriotism”~ Seems to ring a bell, we did it this year as my theme as

“Re-Igniting Patriotism”

Our 2021 Membership year is about to kick off and I know with your hard work and dedication just like this year that we will be able to do it again. We have worked hard and you should all be proud of your selves and your teams. So when you see a fellow Legionnaire make sure that you thank them for their service, their membership and welcome them home. Thank you goes a long way in our great organization.


Dean Noechel Department Commander 2019-2021


Colorado American Legion Posts in Action

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The annual department convention scheduled for June 25-28, 2020 at the Elegante Hotel, Colorado Springs, has officially been canceled by our Department Executive Committee due to the covid-19 pandemic. If you made reservations please call the hotel directly for any refunds of your deposits.

Phone: (719) 576-5900.

18 June 2020

Dear American Legion Family,

The popular website “War on the Rocks,” includes an article with the headline, “Is Veterans Preference Bad for the National Security Workforce?” I’ll take a stab at answering. No!

In the July issue of The American Legion Magazine, I stress the importance of hiring veterans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The absurdity of the “War on the Rocks” question should not be lost on anyone. Who knows more about national security than veterans? Why not ask if doctors are bad for the national healthcare workforce?

Rest assured, The American Legion will fight any attempts to weaken Veterans Preference policies. If potential employees want to benefit from Veterans Preference, they should simply visit their military recruiters.

Bill Oxford

National Commander



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Dean Noechel is eligible for his membership in the American Legion from his honorable service in the United States Army from 1999 to 2005, he served in the United States Army as a Blackhawk helicopter repairer (15T). During his military time he served with the 68th Medical Company (AA) and the 571st Medical Company (AA). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004 as a Medevac Crew chief. He was awarded the Air Medal with Valor and the Air Medal for service.

Dean joined The American Legion in Colorado in 2003, he held the offices of Post Commander, Post Senior Vice Commander and Post Adjutant. He joined the District 7 Team in 2013 serving as the District Senior Vice Commander 2013-2015, District Commander 2015-2016. In 2016 Dean was recognized for his leadership with in The American Legion District 7 as a Race To The Top District Commander Category II.

Dean joined the Department Team as Junior Vice Commander for Colorado 2016-2018. While serving as a Junior Vice Commander he was selected as Department of Colorado Legionnaire of The Year 2017, Silver Brigade Recruiter 2017, Gold Brigade Recruiter 2018. He recently served as Senior Vice Commander and Membership Chairman 2018-2019. Dean has served The American Legion at the Post, District, Department and National Levels, he believes in our Country, Our Communities and Our Children.

The Commanders project is the Colorado Veterans Assistance Fund, all donations can be made and mailed to:American Legion Dept. of Colorado, 7465 E 1st Avenue Suite D, Denver, Co 80230

Know Your benefits


Filing for VA Benefits Prior to filing for any VA benefit, it is highly recommended the claimant consult with an accredited American Legion service officer.  The American Legion has approximately 3,000 accredited service officers to assist you.  To locate a service officer, please go to www.legion.org/serviceofficers.  Submitting all of the required information with the proper claim form to VA may reduce processing time by as many as 120 days.  American Legion service officers are able to explain the claim process, help with the proper forms and required documentation for veterans and their dependents at no charge.


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