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The American Legion National Commander will visit Roseburg in a couple of weeks.
National Commander James Oxford will arrive in Roseburg on Thursday July 1st and depart late on Friday morning July 2nd. Commander Oxford is scheduled to visit the campus of the Roseburg VA and the local Earle B. Stewart Post. A release said this is part of Commander Oxford’s five-day trip to Oregon. He is scheduled to also spend time at Portland’s Willamette National Cemetery, and at the Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Salem, in addition to going to several Posts around the state.
Commander Oxford has led the organization for almost two years. He has been a member of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization since 1986. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Oxford was an aviation electronic technician and served in Vietnam during his initial enlistment. After being discharged as a sergeant in 1970, Oxford joined the North Carolina National Guard. He subsequently attended officer’s candidate school and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve, where he ultimately retired as a colonel after 34 years of service.
A release said the American Legion is the nation’s leading advocate for a strong national defense, patriotic youth programs, Americanism, and fair benefits for members, veterans and their families. Oregon is home to 116 American Legion Posts and nearly 13,500 Legionnaires. Find out more about the American Legion at: www.orlegion.org