American Legion
Commanders Message

 Kern River Valley Post 711

                                             Commander James Dunn Vision Statement

I am honored to serve as Commander of American Legion Post 711 and at the same time feel the reality and importance of what this Post has done for our Nation and Community.  The Legacy this Post leadership leaves is profound and I intend to do my level best working with our fine Post membership, Chapter Riders, Auxiliary and Honor guard to continue this path in true American Legion spirit.

 Over the years, the Post 711 Legion Family has impacted this community in ways that have made lasting differences in the Kern River Valley (KRV) with the many and varied programs implemented.  Some of those accomplished by this Post, the Auxiliary and “Chapter 711 Riders” were:

Check a Vet, and visit a Vet to include annual Christmas gift distribution to veterans who reside in assisted living facilities in the Kern River Valley; Annual sponsorship and support of the American Legion boys and girls state programs; Veterans Honor guard event Flag lines and Flag educational programs for the youth of this Valley.  Keepers of the Arizona Memorial and Flags by agreement with the Kern County Parks and Recreation; On-site education for KRV Elementary students on the History and meaning of the Pledge of allegiance, our nations flag and the meaning of the stars and the stripes.  Fundraisers to benefit the Honor Flight off Kern County program; various ad-hock fund raisers such as Erskine Fire Relief that resulted in combined cash distribution of over $20,000 to Veterans directly affected by this disaster.

In continuing with the tradition of the American legion national by-laws and functionally oriented mission, I am confident that we as American Legion Post 711 representing the Kern River Valley can make a difference in the lives of our Veterans.  Our voices and deeds can only make a stronger community state and Nation.  Won’t you help us with our ongoing efforts to:

Recruit members
Assist our Veterans
Support the youth of our valley
Improve Community Services
I appreciate and am humbled by the accomplishments of this American Legion Post and look forward to leading our members in adding to their already impressive legacy.

James Dunn,Commander