Commander’s Column

Hello Everyone!

My name is Bennett Navarro and I will be serving as Post 90 commander for the year 2022-2023. I am a nurse practitioner and my positions in the military include Officer-in-Charge of an intermediate surgical unit and Battalion Aid Station during my deployment to the middle east. Currently I am working in psychiatry and see my fair share of patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

I am a fairly new member of the American Legion. When I received an invitation to join about 8 months ago, my initial reaction was “Well, this is something I probably should do, being a veteran and all.” I immediately became involved with the Ritual Team, something I have wanted to do since I viewed and was so moved by the gravesite military ritual provided for the father of a friend. However, it was not until I spent a few hours taking the American Legion Basic Training course, which is free to everyone, that I realized what being a part of the American Legion signifies. Until that time I did not grasp the history and legacy of the American Legion, and did not realize the organization’s strength and involvement with the protection and promotion of rights and benefits to military service-members, veterans, children, our community, and our country. I can honestly say I am proud of my membership in the organization, my participation, and my affiliation with other post members whom I have come to greatly respect and call friends.

The American Legion is built upon Four Pillars, which include Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth. You should be receiving a Post 90 newsletter and Activities Calendar on a regular basis, as well as regular state and national updates from our Service Officer. We hope you will join in post activities which are meant to promote and support the philosophy of the American Legion pillars. You may also choose to participate in individual and family activities which also support the Four Pillars. Activities such as displaying an American flag, voting, community volunteering, writing a letter to an elected official, protecting children and family integrity, supporting youth sports, and so much more, are all a part of being a member of the American Legion.

Post 90 executive board meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 to 6:00 in the legion hall. I do not particularly like the name of this meeting, because it is not just about the board members. It is about you. EVERYONE is invited to attend these meetings. We welcome your comments, ideas, and participation.

I am humbly entering into this position for the next year, and am grateful to be surrounded by so many in the Post who are so experienced and knowledgeable. I am looking forward to meeting you!