At The American Legion’s 91st National Convention, then-National Commander David K. Rehbein signed a pledge reaffirming the commitment Legionnaires made in 1919 to care for all veterans and their families. Sixty-three distinguished leaders signed the document, which pledges to continue to develop and foster effective community partnerships to improve the quality of life for current and future veterans and their families.
Joining the national commander in signing the Community Covenant were the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, a general representing the National Guard Bureau, and the chief of the U.S. Army Reserve. They were joined by two members of the U.S. Congress and all 55 department commanders of The American Legion. Miss. America 2009 also signed as a representative of communities across the country. A copy of the national Community Covenant is available here.
The American Legion encourages communities to produce their own Community Covenants, tailored at the post level, with signing ceremonies involving city, business and civic leaders. The signing could take place on or near American Legion Day, with recognition given to the strength gained through the partnership of the post and local community. More information, including covenant kits with ideas, documents and other materials, is available at http://www.army.mil/community/.