WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 21, 2018--More than 10,000 members of The American Legion and their families are expected to attend.

Notable speakers at the convention include:

Secretary Robert Wilkie, Department of Veterans Affairs Rep. Mark Takano, vice ranking member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Sen. Elizabeth Dole Sen. Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (invited) Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (invited) Rep. Phil Roe, M.D., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (invited) Rep. Tim Walz, ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Mr. Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, IV, Chair, 100 th Anniversary Committee Diane Carlson Evans. Co-founder, Vietnam Women’s Memorial Jamie Corkish, Olympic Gold Medalist Valdice Nicholas, VP, NBC News Susan Eisenhower, The Eisenhower Group Mr. Walter Marm, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient Melissa Stockwell, U.S. Army veteran and two-time Paralympian Sen. Amy Klobuchar (invited) Sen. Tina Smith (invited) Rep. Keith Ellison (invited) Gov. Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota The Honorable Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis Gen. John H. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff (invited) Vice President Mike Pence

Events include:

Aug. 23: American Legion Riders (motorcycle enthusiasts) finish 1,000 mi ride; 520 riders arrive. Aug. 24: Color guard competition Aug. 24: Volunteer community outreach project Aug. 24: Women-owned business conference Aug. 24: American Legion night at the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 24: (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Interview availability with National Commander Denise Rohan Aug. 25: Band competition Aug. 25: Blood drive Aug. 25: American Legion night at the Minnesota Twins Aug. 26: American Legion parade through downtown Minneapolis (5 th St. to 12 th and Nicollet) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27: Translating military skills into civilian careers (credentialing) seminar Aug. 27: Veteran employment innovation task force conference Aug. 27: Elizabeth Dole Foundation caregiver seminar Aug. 28: Hiring our Heroes Job Fair Aug. 28: General Session I Aug. 28: Veteran Employment Workshops Aug. 29: General Session II Aug. 30: General Session III

MEDIA CREDENTIALING: Interested media should register with Ms. Doris Grooms at dgrooms@legion.org or (202) 491-0195 to obtain credentials. The American Legion media center, located at the Minneapolis Convention Center Room L100, Sections F&G, Lower Level, will be open starting Saturday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Today, membership stands at 2 million Legionnaires in more than 12,000 posts worldwide. We are America’s largest veteran service organization and are dedicated to defending veterans rights and benefits.

100 th National Convention guide here.

Convention app info is here.

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