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Arlington Hts. Sons of the American Legion man is State Commander

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  • John Jarosz, Jr., Commander, Detachment of Illinois Sons of The American Legion.

      John Jarosz, Jr., Commander, Detachment of Illinois Sons of The American Legion.
    Courtesy of Phil Shipley

Submitted by Jeffrey Van Horn

John Jarosz Jr. was elected as the Sons of the American Legion Detachment (State) Commander at the 51st annual convention of the Illinois Sons of the American Legion held in Mattoon, at Lawrence Riddle Post #88, on June 27-29.

This state organization of almost 15,000 members has a proud tradition of supporting the Four Pillars of the American Legion: Veterans affairs and rehabilitation; national security; Americanism; and children and youth.

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The Sons, a program of the American Legion, works closely with the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders to promote its obligation to the veterans, communities and children of this great state and nation. Last year, the Sons logged over 107,248 donated man hours of work toward Americanism, children and youth, and veterans affairs and rehabilitation. Donations totaled $272,615.70. This year, the Sons of the American Legion, Detachment of Illinois donated over $18,000.00 to the Child Welfare Foundation.

"When it Must Be Done, Call the Sons -- Communicate/Educate" is the theme for Jarosz's year as Commander. Through better lines of communication within this organization as well as with the Legion Family, we can only hope to improve membership, donations and help to communities. Educating the members and the general public only strengthens the organization.

For information on the Illinois Sons of the American Legion, visit,

Jarosz is a member of Squadron #208, a program of American Legion Merle Guild Post 208, 121 N. Douglas, Arlington Heights.

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