National American Legion Commander Mike Helm from the Department of Nebraska is visiting South Dakota this week. The National Commander is touring American Legion Posts during his visit, including a stop at the Huron Post today at 5 pm.
Mike Helm was elected National Commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion on August 28, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 96th National Convention of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization.
A U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He has been a member of Jack Helt American Legion Post 313 at Lebanon, Nebraska since 1972. He has served in various offices for the Department of Nebraska, including Department Commander in 1987-1988. He has also served Chairman of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee, Chairman of the National System Worth Saving Task Force, Chairman of the National Foreign Relations Committee plus many other National Committees.
Commander Helm and wife Debbie are parents of five young Legion family members. His son Aaron and his wife Robie are graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N. Y.; Rebecca and her husband Jaron Cox are both graduates of Kansas State University; Jacob is a senior cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Mathew is an Army ROTC cadet at Kansas State University and Timothy is a student at Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas.