2020-2021 Membership reports will be published beginning September 1st

Henry Rifle Rafle

Department Adjutant Pat Smith presents a check in the amount of $10,700 to David Profit of American Heroes in Action for their programs of assistance to disabled veterans. The money was raised from the recent raffle of two Henry Big Boy Rifles. James D. of Sterling, Co won the first place 100th anniversary American Legion commemorative rifle. John M of Parker was he second place  winner of a regular Big Boy Rifle.



2019-2020 Americanism Report

The American Legion Department of Colorado

2019-2020 Community Service Report

Bill Hartless Selected as

Post Commander of the Year

Commander Dean Noechel has announced that Canon City Post 13 Commander Bill Hartless has been selected as the 2019-2020 Post Commander of the year. Bill will receive a special plaque honoring his selection to be presented at a future date. Following is the citation.

William Hartless Canon City Post 13

 In recognition of your outstanding leadership as Post Commander of Wray McKinstry Post 13, Canon City, Colorado. Your dedication to the aims and purposes of The American Legion, your community and our Veterans is unwavering. Commander Hartless is a very active member of his Post and the community, ensuring that everyone knows about The American Legion and what we do for Veterans Assistance, Americanism, Children & Youth and Strong National Defense. Commander Hartless led the charge of refurbishing the Post home inside and out, participated in and executed the Post’s 100th Centennial Celebration and participated in numerous Honor Flights for our WWII and Korean War Hero’s. Commander Hartless also spearheaded the adoption of the Abbey cemetery to ensure that no Veteran is ever forgotten. Commander Bill Hartless is leading the way in Re-Igniting Patriotism.

Thank You for “Re-Igniting Patriotism” in Canon City, Colorado.

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American Legion National Commander starts 100-mile journey

American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford stepped off on the 100 Miles for Hope virtual challenge in support of The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation. Learn more about how to participate at

National Commander Oxford pledges support to storm victims

The American Legion

Aug 27, 2020

American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Laura’s destructive path along the Gulf Coast:

“The American Legion extends its support and prayers to those impacted by Hurricane Laura. Right now, priority one is saving lives. When the danger subsides, the clean-up and recovery begins. The American Legion Family has a number of support programs for our members to include Temporary Financial Assistance and a National Emergency Fund. TFA grants are also available to eligible active-duty servicemembers with minor children in the home. We have American Legion posts across the country that will offer their own forms of assistance as well. I have directed our national staff to maintain regular communications with the impacted departments to ensure that we do everything we can to help those in need. For now, people with inquiries can call our Louisiana American Legion Department Adjutant, Tony Betts (337) 652-5072 or email or The Texas American Legion can be contacted at (512) 472-4138 or More details will be released at during the coming days.”

Oxford also pointed out that Americans can contribute to charities which help recovery efforts by donating to The American Legion National Emergency Fund or Veterans & Children Foundation at or by sending a check to either of those charities at The American Legion, P.O. Box 361626, Indianapolis, IN 46236.

For God and country,

James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander

Colorado American Legion Posts in Action

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Dean Noechel selected for the

Department Commander of the Year Award

The Department Commander of the Year Award is presented to any department commander who meets or exceeds their assigned 100 percent membership goal by the May target date. Seven American Legion departments met or exceeded the 100 percent membership target date of June 17 (pushed back from May due to COVID-19) for the 2019-2020 membership year.

The following will receive the Department Commander of the Year Award:

• Colorado – Dean M. Noechel

• Mexico – Milo Vukovich

• Montana – Jeffery Nelson

• North Carolina – James D. Moore Jr.

• Philippines – John T. O’Brien

• Utah – Martha A. Bigbie

• Wyoming – Mike Cooke

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