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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.


At last night's [May 23] Executive Committee Meeting, we discussed rescheduling of the Ground Breaking Ceremony and selected the 11th of June as a good date for the Ceremony.  However, after the decision was made, we found out that all 5 high Schools in Stafford County are having their graduation Ceremony on that date and many of our members are either parents or grandparents of a student at one of the schools.

Therefore, we will hold the long-awaited Ground Breaking Ceremony for American Legion Post 290's new home on 4 June 2016 at 10:00 AM.  The location of the Ceremony is 1151 Mountain View Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406, commonly known as The American Legion Sports Complex.

As before, we will have refreshments, plenty of shovels, and this will go come rain or shine.  We know that it is short notice, and it will conflict with some activities somewhere, but the show must go on.  We have worked more than 15 years to get to this point, so come on out and give us a boost.

Thank you for understanding.


John Cox
Commander, Post 290

Buckle up Spotsylvania - Arrive Alive



Sheriff Roger Harris hopes that you are buckling up because the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, along with Law Enforcement around Virginia and the nation, are on the roads enforcing all traffic laws, particularly the seat belt one.


Officers will be out there 24-7 in an effort to cut down on the number of people who are killed or seriously injured because they aren’t buckled up.


Thank you to the 80 percent of Virginians who already got the message and buckle up. 

Now as for the rest of you, be on the lookout…we are looking for you.


Click It or Ticket – day and night.

 We want everyone to Arrive Alive. Buckle up Spotsylvania!

Thank You to all who participated, sponsored, or volunteered in the 2016 American Legion Post 290 Golf Tournament.  Your contributions are much appreciated!

2016 Post 290 Golf Tournament Sponsors

Sponsor Name Sponsor POC Website
Tee/Journal DLR Contracting, Inc. R. L. Dodd, Jr.
Tee/Journal Battlefield Umpires Association Ken White  
Tee/Journal Stafford Printing
Tee/Journal Carter Bank & Trust Natalie Porto
Tee/Journal Atlantic Builders Dave Stein
Tee/Journal Rosner Toyota Rosalyn Stein
Tee/Journal Radley Chevrolet & Cadillac Rosalyn Stein
Tee/Journal Bob's Custom Clubs and Repairs Bob Barclay  
Tee/Journal Post 290 Bombers Fastpitch Softball Ken White  
Tee/Journal American Legion Post 290 John Cox  
Tee/Journal American Legion Post 290 Club Room Ron Altstaetter  
Tee/Journal American Legion Post 290 Sports Complex Fred Miller  
Tee/Journal American Legion Post 290 Bingo Keith Angle  
Tee/Journal American Legion Auxiliary Unit 290 Linda Altstaetter  
Tee/Journal Department of Virginia, 16th District John Ward  
Tee/Journal Robert B. Payne, Inc.
Hole/Journal Perma-Treat Pest Control
Hole/Journal One Stop Auto Service Center Tim Owens
Hole/Journal American Legion Post 290 Color Guard Fred Miller  
Hole/Journal Garry & Ginger Briggs    
Hole/Journal Rick & Lisa Perry, EXP Realty Rick Perry
Hole American Legion Post 284 Colonial Heights    
Hole Meg Bohmke, Falmouth Supervisor    
Hole J&J Tile & Marble Inc. Dave Stein
Hole Lewis Insurance Associates
Journal Lee-Curtis Insurance Service, Inc. Tommy Lee
Journal The Hope Center, Inc. Lani Burnett
Journal The Altstaetter Family Ron Altstaetter  
Journal The Thompson Family Ed Thompson  
Journal Sons of the American Legion Squadron 290 Fargo Wells  
Journal Covenant Funeral Service
Journal Charlie & Staci King    
Journal Highway Garage


2016 American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex

Nationals & Patriots(CF & SHS)

                  - June 4th at 10am & June 5th at 2pm

Americans & Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS) 

                  - June 3rd at 7pm & June 4th at 2pm


General Membership & Executive Board Meeting Minutes

Click here for our most recent meeting minutes, Executive Board Meeting of 26 April.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Executive Board Meeting, 26 April 2016

General Membership Meeting, 12 April 2016

Executive Board Meeting, 28 March 2016

General Membership Meeting, 8 March 2016

Executive Board Meeting, 22 February 2016

General Membership Meeting, 9 February 2016

Executive Board Meeting, 1 Feb 2016


Upcoming events at Post 290:

May 28th:  Memorial Day Flag Remembrance - volunteers meet at Post at 8am

May 30th:  Memorial Day Wreath Placement, Stafford Courthouse, 9am
                  Memorial at Quantico National Cemetery, 11am

                  Open House/Luncheon at the Post, 12pm

June 3rd:  American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
                     - Americans/Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS) at 7pm

June 4th:  Post Home Ground-Breaking Ceremony at the Sports Complex, 10am

June 4th:  American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
                    - Nationals/Patriots (CF & SHS) at 10am
                    - Americans/Virginians (MV, BP, & NSHS) at 2pm

June 4th:  Installation Ceremony and Dinner

June 5th:  American Legion Baseball Tryouts at the Sports Complex
                    - Nationals/Patriots (CF & SHS) at 2pm

June 14th:  General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm


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.


New Historical Fiction Book about Vietnam by Legion Member Daniel Lliteras

Daniel Lliteras was a FMF Corpsman-Combat Diver in the Marine Corps and a Deep Sea Diving & Salvage Officer in the Navy who has recently released a historical fiction  book called  VIET MAN

The book is available online through Amazon, in bookstores and in local libraries.  The following is a review from the Vietnam Veterans of America VVA VETERAN:

“Lliteras’ VIET MAN brings [an] intimate grittiness to the story of his tour of duty as a Navy corpsman with a Marine infantry unit near Da Nang in 1969…[he] writes in incredible detail about C-rations, Dear John letters, dangerous patrols, and morphine for the dying…All veterans will identify with his account of coming home.”

If you have a chance you may want to check out this book.


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 ...

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.


 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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