Thursday, October 05, 2017
Commander Nessler talks expanding membership, advocating for military families
WATERTOWN — The first female commander in the 99-year history of The American Legion Department of New York said she wants to connect with younger military veterans to help grow the national organization into the future, the Watertown Daily Times reported Oct. 5.
“Our organization is for veterans of all ages,” said Rena Nessler, who was elected to the role earlier this year after several years of service to the organization. “We look at input from our younger veterans, and ask what they like, and work with them to incorporate that…”
Commander Nessler visited the Watertown area on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with other top Legion officials. Their tour included a stop at the John C. Londraville Post 832, lunch in Cape Vincent, and then a dinner at the Army Navy Post 61, Watertown. Joining her were state Auxiliary President Patricia Hennessey and state Sons of The American Legion Detachment Commander William Clancy III.