National commander visits War Veterans Home in Jennings

By Howell Dennis

JENNINGS – Area American Legion members gathered in Jennings at the War Veterans Home for a visit from the group’s National Commander Martin “Marty” F. Conatser. Conatser, a native of Champaign, Illinois, was elected National Commander of the 2.7 million-member American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran organization.

Conatser is a veteran of the Vietnam era, joining the Illinois National Guard as an infantryman in 1970. He went on active duty in 1976 and held all positions in Army recruiting from field recruiter to sergeant major from which he retired in 1996. He is a 25-year veteran of American Legion Post #102 in Deland, Illinois where he served as post commander and adjutant.

“It is great to be here in Louisiana today,” said Conatser. “I’m very proud of our organization and our devotion to America’s veterans, their families and the finest group of young men and women fighting the global war on terror today.”

Several Acadia Parish Legion members were in attendance which included a luncheon for the group.

“It’s nice to meet our new president and we’re so thankful that he came down here to visit us,” said American Legion member Charlie Spaetgens of Robert’s Cove.

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