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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.

Northern Region Oratorical Contest Location Change

American Legion Post 290 is hosting the Department of Virginia, Northern Region Oratorical contest.  We had initially planned on holding the contest at the North Stafford High School on 30 Jan 2015 at 1100 AM, but the weather has changed our plans.  We will now host that event at  Post 290 at the same time.   Our Post entrant has been notified to arrive no later than 1030 AM, and we will need time keepers and tabulators, and ushers.  We, of course, cannot judge any of the contestants.  We are proud of our contestant, and are wishing him well this Saturday morning.  Please join us and show the Department of Virginia, Northern Region and our 16th District that we have a viable candidate.  We will have some refreshments available during the contest.  I will see you there.

John Cox
Commander, Post 290




General Membership & Executive Board Meeting Minutes

Click here for our most recent meeting minutes, Executive Board Meeting of 28 Dec.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Executive Board Meeting, 28 December 2015

General Membership Meeting, 8 December 2015

Executive Board Meeting, 23 November 2015

General Membership Meeting, 10 November 2015

Executive Board Meeting, 26 October 2015

General Membership Meeting, 13 October 2015


Upcoming events at Post 290:

January 7th:  Boys/Girls State Application Available!  Click here for Word and click here for .pdf version

January 25th:  Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30pm

January 30th:  Regional Oratorical Contest; Location Change:  Contest will be held at Post 290 and begins at 11am

January 31st:  All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast in support of NSHS JROTC, 8-11am

February 7th:  4 Chaplains/Post Everlasting Ceremony, 2pm

February 8th:  ~DATE CHANGE DUE TO SNOW AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS!!!~ Jr Law Cadet Interviews; 6pm at Post 290; click here for PDF application! Candidates MUST bring their Driver's License!

February 13th:  Steak Night at Post 290 - 5-7pm - NY Strip. baked potato, salad bar, dessert and coffee/tea for $15

February 21-24:  National Washington Conference, Washington, DC

February 28th:  Venture Crew Scout Breakfast, All-You-Can-Eat for $5, 8am-11am

March 2nd:  Deadline for Boys State applications to be submitted to HS representative; applications will be picked up from the schools on March 4th.

March 11th-13th:  Department of Virginia Spring Conference, VA Beach, VA - Click here for a Registration Form!

March 13th:  Girls State Interviews

March 14th:  Boys State Interviews, see Boys State page for schedule

April 10th:  Girls State Orientation/Information meeting, 7pm

April 11th:  Boys State Orientation/Information meeting, 7pm

May 2nd:  Post 290 Golf Tournament at Medal of Honor Golf Course, MCB Quantico, VA

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.



On 20 January 2016, the Department of Virginia will have a day on the hill to allow members to contact their representatives in a face-to-face meeting.  There will be a briefing at Department Headquarters at 8:30 AM before the shuttle bus leaves for the capitol.  Our Post Van will leave between 6:30 and 7:00 AM to take members to the Department Headquarters. so if you would like to make the trip, call and leave a message at the post so the Van does not leave without you.  Otherwise, you may at your wish drive to Department Headquarters and park there and ride the shuttle.  Please read the announcement on the Department Web Site, VALEGION.ORG.


The Home Depot has donated a receptacle to the Post for collecting unserviceable flags.  The receptacle is on the east side of the Post Home - the left side of the main entrance - and accessible 24 hours per day.  All flags collected will be properly disposed of in accordance with the Flag Manual during our annual 4th of July celebration.

Honoring Our Fallen Comrades
~Master Cemetery Listing~

Each year, on Memorial Day weekend, members of Post 290 and community volunteers recognize the generations of veterans who have moved on to Post Everlasting by placing American Flags on their graves throughout Stafford County.  Each year, we find additional veterans' gravesites to include in our registry.  First Vice Commander Lani Burnett oversees this effort and, this year, decided to seek assistance in identifying any errors or updates to the master listing.  If you have a friend or loved one who is a veteran laid to rest in Stafford/Fredericksburg, please check to make sure that the information within our registry is correct and complete.  Any required updates can be submitted to either Lani Burnett,,  or Sig Gates,  Updates can be submitted at any time and will help us tremendously to ensure that all veterans are properly recognized.

2015 Post 290 Master Cemetery Listing


Message from the Commander

Next Venture Crew Breakfast is on 24 January

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

Items of Interest:

MESOTHELIOMA INFORMATION:  For assistance or information, check out Mesothelioma Veterans,, by contacting Brian Bashsam, Director of Community Outreach at (844) 873-2464. 

Additional information is available at or contact LCDR (Ret) Carl Jewett at, (844)838-6376

1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families.

In the Company of Laureates

When:  October 11, 2015

Where:  Hylton Performing Arts Center
              10960 George Mason Drive
              Manassas, VA

Time: 1pm-5 pm

Cost: Free

One of the Event Panels for this activity is Word on War:  Military veterans Dr. Frederic Foote, Bill Glose and Jim Mathews join Claudia Gray, former Vietnam Magazine senior editor, to share their writing and examine the role creative expression has as a coping mechanism and as an element of the healing process for service members with PTSD and traumatic physical injuries.  Dr.Foote will also discuss the Green Road healing garden, the Walter Reed arts program, and the Maryland Network of Arts and Gardens for Veterans.  Jim mathews, an instructor and editor with the Veterans Writing Project, will talk about its mission and goals.

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.

 Annual 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, 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 were elected to the designated positions by the General Membership during the May 12th monthly membership meeting for the 2015-2016 Service Year:


Billet Name E-Mail Phone
Commander John Cox 540-295-4807
1st Vice Commander Lani Burnett
2nd Vice Commander Fred Schwarz 540-498-0391
3rd Vice Commander Ken White 540-846-4053
Adjutant Lee Owens 540-370-4301
Finance Officer Garry Briggs 540-659-3880
Service Officer John Hill 540-645-1222
Asst. Service Officer Brad Largent   540-295-5966
Chaplain Glen Schelin 540-659-3694
Judge Advocate Keith Angle 540-379-8788
Historian Katy Hichborn 540-840-2659
Sergeant-At-Arms Les Wood 540-220-4044
Executive Committee - 3yr Chuck Berkman    
Executive Committee - 3yr Jim Cheeseman 540-658-2809
Executive Committee - 2yr Mickey Collis  
Executive Committee - 2yr John Hess    
Executive Committee - 1yr Ron Altstaetter  
Executive Committee - 1yr Don Shiffert  



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.


  Post 290 is on Facebook! 


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.


Additional information can be found by clicking on the EVENTS CALENDAR tab.


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