Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin’s has relinquished the post of state commander for the American Legion Department of Texas, after completing a year at the head of the state’s biggest advocate for veterans’ benefits.
During the past year under Corbin’s command, American Legion enrollment in Texas soared, said Bill West, state adjutant for the Texas American Legion.
This year membership ranked fourth in the 55 American Legion departments, which includes a department for each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and three foreign departments.
“That’s something we haven’t been in years,” West said.
“(Corbin’s) leadership was able to move our organizations to do great things this past year.”
Last year Texas ranked 46th of 55.
Corbin made leadership training a priority during his tenure, instituting teaching sessions for commanders at the state’s 500 Legion posts, West said.
A cardinal duty — and benefit — of the state commander position is traveling in the American Legion-issued car to each of the 13 Veterans Affairs hospitals, located in all corners of Texas.
Corbin said, of the many veterans he interviewed, nearly all preferred the VA hospitals to private hospitals because of the quality of care.
“What stands out to me the most was how loving and caring the caregivers in the VA medical facilities are,” Corbin said.
“That’s something I think we as a nation should be proud of.”
Corbin also worked to bring more Legion events to Killeen, such as the 2017 American Legion State Convention.
“It’s been a rewarding year and I think we accomplished a lot of good things,” Corbin said.
Corbin will now serve as immediate past state commander and remain eligible for future leadership roles in the Legion.