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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, May 18, 2024


Feb. 21, 2002 – Lawrence Bastian, commander of American Legion District 10, Department of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, invites all legionnaires to meet with Richard J. Santos, the American Legion national commander at a luncheon at Gertrude's on Saturday, February 22, 2002 at 1 p.m.
Santos was elected national commander of the 2.8 million member American Legion during the closing session of the 83rd National Convention of the nation's largest veterans organization. on Aug. 30, 2001 in San Antonio, Tex.
Santos became a member of the American Legion in July 1967, after being honorably discharged from the United States Naval Reserve in March of that year.
He has served as a member or as chairman on numerous committees and commissions from the post to department level. At the national level, he served on the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission, Citizens Flag Alliance, Policy Coordination and Action Group, Veterans Planning and Coordinating Committee, and Legislative Commission; as the national commander's NEC Liaison to the V&AR Commission; and as Chairman of the Public Relations Commission.
Santos is a 35 continuous years and honorary life member of Greenbelt Post 136 in Greenbelt, Maryland. He continues to be active in his community and the state of Maryland. He is the recipient of gubernatorial appointments as commissioner on the Maryland Veterans Commission and the Maryland Military Monuments Commission.
Santos is making his first visit to the Virgin Islands to get a first hand view of the islands and hear the concerns of the Virgin Islands legionnaires. Legionnaires from all four American Legion Posts of the Virgin Islands will be on hand to greet him.

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