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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290




Since our charter in 1947, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.

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To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Stafford community. Join our Post as a Booster or sponsor. (click Sponsor or Booster Button for details). 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.

Memorial Day Message from the Post Commander

American Legion Post 290 joins millions of Americans in Remembering those who have died in the service of our Great country.  We start on Saturday 23 May 2015 at 0800 at the Post Home and go from there to all the Cemeteries we know of in Stafford County to place flags on the graves of those veterans whom we have identified.  I believe we have one of the most complete data-bases of veterans and their final resting places within the county.  This is a family event.  It takes at least one person to handle a clipboard with the list of names and one or two more to carry and place the flags, so if you want to come as a family and chose a cemetery, we would welcome you.  It can also be done by such groups as Scouts,  Junior Shooters, boys state or girls state candidates, Youth Law enforcement candidates and ball teams.  There are a lot of cemeteries in Stafford county, so a lot of help makes it a much easier task.  Donuts and coffee/orange juice is free before you take off.  Come on out.

Sunday morning 24 May 2015 is our Scout Sponsored breakfast from 0800-100.  All you can eat for only $5.00/person.  Come on out.

Monday 25 May 2015, Our Honor Guard will place a wreath at the memorial in the front of the Stafford Courthouse at 0900.  There will be a short memorial speech and taps will be sounded.  Then the Honor Guard will go to Quantico National Cemetery to join with the other units from the Potomac Regional Veterans Council for a massing of colors along with a wreath laying, and a memorial speech.  This will start at 1000.  Veterans from the VA Hospital in DC will be brought down to the ceremony, and following the ceremony they will come to Post 290 for a luncheon.  We are pleased to have the Choral Group Sound Check back with us again to provide some period music for all of our attendees.

Everyone is invited to join us at any of these events.  Stand with us in honor at the Courthouse, go to Quantico National Cemetery to see the ceremonies there or come to the luncheon at the Post.  You are welcome to come.

John Cox
Commander, Post 290



Upcoming events at Post 290:
June 7th:  District 16 Convention at Post 330, 2pm
June 9th:  Election Day - Primary; General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm
June 13th:  Post 290 Honor Flight to WWII Memorial, meet at Post at 0900
June 22nd:  Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
June 28th:  Venture Crew Breakfast - All-You-Can-Eat for $5 - from 0800-1100
July 4th:  Independence Day Flag Retirement Ceremony & Picnic, 2pm
July 14th:  General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm
July 27th:  Executive Board Meeting, 7:30pm
TBD - Trip to Arlington Cemetery/Marine Corps War Memorial for Sunset Parade!
BINGO: Every Wednesday and Friday! $1,000 Jackpot

Club Room: Our Post Club Room is opened from 5pm until 10 pm every Wed and Friday night. On Sat nights ,we are open from 5pm until 10 pm. You should take this opportunity to stop by and check out what’s happening in the Club Room. On Saturday nights we have game night and Wii Bowling. Come on out and have some fun and do a bit of socializing.


American Legion Post 290 Baseball Season Underway

Games are held at the American Legion Sports Complex

Weeknight games at 7pm

Double Headers on the Weekends beginning at 1pm



Message from the Commander

Venture Crew Breakfast on 24 May

Everybody needs breakfast on Sunday Morning, but who wants to cook it?  Well, your problem is solved.  Just jump into the car and come over to Post 290 between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM and you can get all you want to eat for breakfast for $5.00.  This is not just for members, so bring your neighbors too.  I am sure your neighbors would appreciate you taking their kids so they would not have to feed them.  In all seriousness, this is a good breakfast, the price is great, and the proceeds go to supporting the Venture Scouts and their program. 

Come one, come all

John Cox
Commander, Post 290


Motorized Wheelchair Available for Use

The Post has a motorized wheelchair available for use that is in excellent condition.  If you have a need, or know someone who does, please contact Fred Miller for more information, 540-845-0011.



 2015-2016 Officer Elections

American Legion Post 290 Officer Elections Every year, our Post holds an election of officers to lead the post through the next year. In accordance with our Post Bylaws, I have asked Past Commander Don Shiffert to chair the committee charged with the responsibility for selecting a slate of folks for the election. The slate should be complete by our April Monthly meeting on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, with elections to follow at our May meeting. Do you want to serve in some capacity? Past Commander Shiffert is looking for you! He would like to include your name on the slate and we would like to vote for you. Send him an email at or give him a call at 540-538-6593 or come to a meeting and see him there. If you want to serve and do not know where to choose, go to our web page at and read the duties of all the officers there in our Bylaws. If you do not call, we reserve the right to call you and draft you. Better to volunteer than to be drafted.

John Cox
Commander, Post 290

The following members have been elected to the designated positions by the General Membership for the 2015-2016 Service Year.   

Billet Name E-Mail Phone
Commander  John Cox  
1st Vice Commander  Lani Burnett  
2nd Vice Commander  Fred Schwarz    
3rd Vice Commander  Ken White  
Adjutant  Lee Owens  
Finance Officer  Garry Briggs    
Service Officer  John Hill  
Asst. Service Officer      
Chaplain  Glen Schelin  
Judge Advocate  Keith Angle    
Historian  Katy Hichbom    
Sergeant-At-Arms  Les Wood    
Executive Committee - 3yr Chuck Berkman    
Executive Committee - 3yr Jim Cheeseman    
Executive Committee - 2yr Mickey Collis    
Executive Committee - 2yr John Hess    
Executive Committee - 1yr Ron Altstaetter    
Executive Committee - 1yr Don Shiffert    

Legion launches TBI/PTSD survey for veterans

Click on the link below to access the survey:


 General Membership Meeting Minutes are now being posted to the website!

Click here for the minutes from our most recent meeting, 12/10/2013

Previous Meeting Minutes

February 11, 2014

January 14, 2014

December 10, 2013

November 12,2013

October 8, 2013

September 10, 2013


Subject: Renewal of Membership online

To All,

The time, effort and postage of American Legion membership dues renewal can all be saved through the new online Automatic Annual Renewal Program, now available nationwide.

Members can simply go to and click "Renew Now" to safely and conveniently pay their post dues on an annual, automatic basis. Once a member enters the information requested, he or she can set the account for automatic annual renewal. Automatic renewal can also be set up by calling the toll-free American Legion customer service line at (800) 433-3318.

Following all industry standards to protect the personal financial safety of members, The American Legion will maintain a record of those participating in the program and, at the beginning of each new membership year, will automatically process the renewal, charging it to the credit or debit card of the member’s choice. The transaction would occur about July 15 of each year.

Once dues are successfully renewed automatically online, members will receive confirmation by email. It is, therefore, important that The American Legion has updated email addresses for participating members. To report a change of email address, phone number or other contact information, members can call toll-free (800) 433-3318, send an email to, or go online at and use the "Change Address" option.

American Legion post dues rates can change one year to the next. Post dues rates in effect at the time of the automatic renewal will be applied.

Members can cancel participation in the Automatic Annual Renewal Program at any time. The cancellation will be applied to any future charges, and will not affect the benefits of any dues paid for the current year. All cancellation requests must be received by June 30 each year in order to ensure cancellation prior to the mid-July automatic renewal time.

Cancellation requests can be submitted by email to or in writing to:

The American Legion Customer Service
PO Box 1954
Indianapolis, IN 46206

To complete a cancellation, the Legionnaire must include Member ID number, name, address, the last 4 digits of the credit/debit card number used, and a daytime telephone number in case customer-service representatives have any questions. Also helpful in the cancellation process is the transaction number that appears on the confirmation form received at the time automatic renewal is established.

Anytime members want to change the credit or debit card number used for the Automatic Renewal Program, or report a new expiration date, they can do so easily by calling the toll-free customer-service line at (800) 433-3318.


Items of Interest:

  Post 290 is on Facebook! 


For the military retirees in our ranks there appears to be a major change projected for TRICARE Prime on 1 October 2013.  Click on the link below for information concerning the upcoming changes . .,15240,254518,00.html


Attention retired Legionnaires! Your TRICARE Prime benefits may be impacted during 2013 if you don't speak up. Defense officials are expected to announce that military retirees and their dependents that live more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or BRAC (base closure) site will lose access to TRICARE Prime as early as next April. This move could force as many as 171,000 retirees to shift to TRICARE Standard, which would mean an increase in out-of-pocket costs--especially those with special needs dependents or other chronic health issues. For more information and links to contact your legislative representatives, visit:



HELP WANTED:  Post 290 is looking for volunteers to serve as members of the Honor Guard.  Uniform shirts and trousers are provided.  If interested, contact Fred Miller for more information.




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