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Nebraska Legion names new vice commander
July 16, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Beth L. Linn

Scottsbluff resident Beth L. Linn has been elected as the state’s Senior Vice Commander at the Nebraska American Legion Convention in Kearney on June 26-28. She is a member of the American Legion Wright-Irion Post #5.

“I’ve been a Legion member for the past 14 years,” Beth said. “It was kind of a shock to hear I was elected to the position because it was contested and I wasn’t supposed to win.”

She added her Legion riders and past post commanders and national officers were a big help in her campaign.
Linn becomes the first woman to be elected to the position for the State of Nebraska.

As Senior Vice Commander for Nebraska, Linn’s work involves assisting the state commander as needed. That includes working on membership and assisting the auxiliary and Legion riders.
“One of our programs is a national emergency fund to help with temporary financial assistance for veterans,” she said. We also have Soldier’s Wish program, which is like the Make-a-Wish program, but for veterans. Any donations go 100 percent to the programs, as there’s no overhead.”
She added the National Commander is also a Nebraska Legionaire. His goal is to increase membership and get assistance to the veterans and their families.
Linn has held every position at the American Legion post level, was a district vice commander and an Area D vice commander, which covers half the state. Now she covers the whole state.

She also comes from a Legion family. Her father and grandfather are Legion members, and her husband is a member of the post. Her mother and her daughter are both auxiliary members, and her son is in the Mitchell Sons of the Legion.

“We try to do what we can for the Legion because they have some awesome programs that we proudly support,” Linn said.
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