Army veteran Denise Rohan of Wisconsin is elected national commander at the 99th American Legion National Convention, in Reno, Nev., the first woman to hold the highest office in the largest organization of U.S. wartime veterans. “Since the birth of The American Legion back in 1919, our leadership knew that a veteran was a veteran regardless of race, religion or gender,” she says in her acceptance speech. “Women could vote for national commander before they could vote for the president of the United States.”

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