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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290



Since our charter in 1947, our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.

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To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Stafford community, join our Post as a Booster or sponsor - (click Sponsor or Booster Button for details) - 100% of the monies raised are given back to the community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.


Congratulations to Katy Hichborn - winner of the Post 290 Henry Rifle Raffle!

General Membership & Executive Board Meeting Minutes

Click here for our most recent meeting minutes, Executive Board Meeting of 19 Dec 2016.

Previous Meeting Minutes

Executive Board Meeting, 19 Dec 2016

General Membership Meeting, 13 Dec 2016

General Membership Meeting, 8 Nov 2016

Executive Board Meeting, 24 Oct 2016

General Membership Meeting, 11 Oct 2016




Upcoming events at Post 290:

​January 19th:  Boys & Girls State Applications available - Go to Boys State/Girls State tab for info and download

March 3rd:  Boys/Girls State Applications due to school sponsor

March 7th:  Boys/Girls State Applications collected by Post 290

March 10th-12th:  Spring Confrence, VA Beach

March 14th:  General Membership Meeting, 7:30pm

​March 18th:  American Legion Birthday - Post 290 Celebrating our 70th Anniversary - Cocktails at 5:30; Dinner at 7pm

March 19th:  Girls State Interviews, beginning at 3pm - check Girls State page for schedule

​March 19th:  16th District Spring Conference at Post 28, Dumfries - 2pm

March 20th:  Boys State Interviews, beginning at 6pm - check Boys State page for schedule

​March 26th:  Venture Crew Breakfast - All You Can Eat for $5 - 8am - 11am

March 29th:  Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital visit - van departs at 11am

April 2nd:  Girls State Orientation, 3pm

April 3rd:  Boys State Orientation, 7pm

​April 8th:  Post 290 "250Club" - 7pm

​April 15th:  Steak Night at Post 290, 5pm-7:30pm

​April 16th:  EASTER - Children's Easter Egg Hunt at the Sports Complex, 2pm

April 23rd:  Venture Crew Breakfast - All You Can Eat for $5 - 8am - 11am

​April 24th:  Executive Committee Meeting, 7:30pm

June 11th:  District Convention at TBD (Post 330 or 290)

​June 18th-24th:  Boys/Girls State at Radford/Longwood

​July 9th-14th:  Law & Order Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program, Richmond


BINGO: Every Wednesday and Friday! $1,000 Jackpot

Club Room: Our Post Club Room is opened from 5pm until 10 pm every Wed and Friday night. On Sat nights ,we are open from 5pm until 10 pm. You should take this opportunity to stop by and check out what’s happening in the Club Room. On Saturday nights we have game night and Wii Bowling. Come on out and have some fun and do a bit of socializing.


Membership Dues for 2016-2017 are $35;

the 2016-2017 Service Year begins on 1 July!

16th District News

The attached file lists the District Committee Chairs; if you would like to serve please advise the District Commander Willie Barr.


Membership:  Reminder of the PUFL drawing for anyone who signs up a new member - more info from your Post Adjutant.


Department Fall Conference




Bob Brady
Adjutant, 16th District


The Home Depot has donated a receptacle to the Post for collecting unserviceable flags.  The receptacle is on the east side of the Post Home - the left side of the main entrance - and accessible 24 hours per day.  All flags collected will be properly disposed of in accordance with the Flag Manual during our annual 4th of July celebration.

Honoring Our Fallen Comrades
~Master Cemetery Listing~

Each year, on Memorial Day weekend, members of Post 290 and community volunteers recognize the generations of veterans who have moved on to Post Everlasting by placing American Flags on their graves throughout Stafford County.  Each year, we find additional veterans' gravesites to include in our registry.  First Vice Commander Lani Burnett oversees this effort and, this year, decided to seek assistance in identifying any errors or updates to the master listing.  If you have a friend or loved one who is a veteran laid to rest in Stafford/Fredericksburg, please check to make sure that the information within our registry is correct and complete.  Any required updates can be submitted to either Lani Burnett,,  or Sig Gates,  Updates can be submitted at any time and will help us tremendously to ensure that all veterans are properly recognized.

2015 Post 290 Master Cemetery Listing


Items of Interest:

MESOTHELIOMA INFORMATION:  For assistance or information, check out Mesothelioma Veterans,, by contacting Brian Bashsam, Director of Community Outreach at (844) 873-2464. 

Additional information is available at or contact LCDR (Ret) Carl Jewett at, (844)838-6376

1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of our mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their families.


 Annual Officer Elections

The following members were elected to the designated positions by the General Membership during the May 10th monthly membership meeting for the 2016-2017 Service Year:


Billet Name E-Mail Phone
Commander Lani Burnett
1st Vice Commander Fred Schwarz
2nd Vice Commander Tim Owens
3rd Vice Commander Dave Kleber
Adjutant Lee Owens 540-370-4301
Finance Officer Robert Ponzo 540-659-7212
Service Officer Daniel Nylen
Asst. Service Officer Brad Largent   540-295-5966
Chaplain Glen Schelin 540-659-3694
Judge Advocate Keith Angle 540-379-8788
Historian Katy Hichborn 540-840-2659
Sergeant-At-Arms Bruce Miller   540-466-1899
Executive Committee - 3yr Ken White 540-846-4053
Executive Committee - 3yr John Hess 540-659-2372
Executive Committee - 2yr Mickey Collis  
Executive Committee - 2yr Jim Cheeseman 540-658-2809
Executive Committee - 1yr Garry Briggs 540-659-3880
Executive Committee - 1yr Siegfried Gates  



Subject: Renewal of Membership online

To All,

The time, effort and postage of American Legion membership dues renewal can all be saved through the new online Automatic Annual Renewal Program, now available nationwide.

Members can simply go to and click "Renew Now" to safely and conveniently pay their post dues ($35 in 2017) on an annual, automatic basis. Once a member enters the information requested, he or she can set the account for automatic annual renewal. Automatic renewal can also be set up by calling the toll-free American Legion customer service line at (800) 433-3318.

Following all industry standards to protect the personal financial safety of members, The American Legion will maintain a record of those participating in the program and, at the beginning of each new membership year, will automatically process the renewal, charging it to the credit or debit card of the member’s choice. The transaction would occur about July 15 of each year.

Once dues are successfully renewed automatically online, members will receive confirmation by email. It is, therefore, important that The American Legion has updated email addresses for participating members. To report a change of email address, phone number or other contact information, members can call toll-free (800) 433-3318, send an email to, or go online at and use the "Change Address" option.

American Legion post dues rates can change one year to the next. Post dues rates in effect at the time of the automatic renewal will be applied.

Members can cancel participation in the Automatic Annual Renewal Program at any time. The cancellation will be applied to any future charges, and will not affect the benefits of any dues paid for the current year. All cancellation requests must be received by June 30 each year in order to ensure cancellation prior to the mid-July automatic renewal time.

Cancellation requests can be submitted by email to or in writing to:

The American Legion Customer Service
PO Box 1954
Indianapolis, IN 46206

To complete a cancellation, the Legionnaire must include Member ID number, name, address, the last 4 digits of the credit/debit card number used, and a daytime telephone number in case customer-service representatives have any questions. Also helpful in the cancellation process is the transaction number that appears on the confirmation form received at the time automatic renewal is established.

Anytime members want to change the credit or debit card number used for the Automatic Renewal Program, or report a new expiration date, they can do so easily by calling the toll-free customer-service line at (800) 433-3318.


  Post 290 is on Facebook! 


HELP WANTED:  Post 290 is looking for volunteers to serve as members of the Honor Guard.  Uniform shirts and trousers are provided.  If interested, contact Fred Miller for more information.


Additional information can be found by clicking on the EVENTS CALENDAR tab.


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