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Detachment of Illinois

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Detachment of Illinois

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Congratulations to Paul A. Hayse

Sons of The American Legion

Detachment Commander - Illinois

 Paul A. Hayse

Detachment Commander 

Hello, my name is Paul A. Hayse, and I was elected as the Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander at the 54th Annual Detachment Convention, held in DeLand, Illinois, June 23-25, 2017. In my service, in some small way, I hope to honor the traditions and volunteerism taught to me by my parents and The American Legion Family!

My membership spans over 25 years of continuous service. My eligibility is through my deceased father, Paul D. Hayse, a Korean war veteran. I am an employee of a seventy-year old family owned company, Tri-State Butane Company, Inc. of Carmi, IL and married to Linda K. Hayse, the president of the company and an American Legion Auxiliary member. We have one son Paul Isaac, who is 23 years old and a 24 year SAL member.

My involvement with the Sons of the American Legion started with fund raisers and road blocks. I started into the District and Division levels with the guidance of dual members Bill Spaulding and Fred Hickem. I have held many posts in Squadron, District, and Division levels including District Commander and Division Commander five times. I stepped back for a few years to raise our son, but with him out of college I am eager to get back into the family of The American Legion. My interest and enthusiasm still grows with many new and dear friends I meet at every American Legion function. I feel that with every new destination I arrive at, I have family waiting on me. I have just completed my first year of the Sons of the American Legion National Management Institute and hope to graduate the course in 2019.

My focus on the support of American Legion Programs will be on Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. We hope to continue the mission of putting together plans and programs on direct assistance, outreach and support for veterans and their families with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims and benefits, health care, memorial affairs and women veteran’s programs to ensure that they receive the highest quality of care from VA for their injuries and illnesses incurred from their military service.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic Veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, I hope to do just that with my theme of “Retain, Recruit, Remember”.

Retain old members:  because their knowledge is what guides us.  Without their hand to show us the ways of conduct, leadership, and discipline we would be lost.

Recruit new members:  without new members there will be no growth, no new ideas, and no inspiration for different ways of getting things done.  New members are the way we survive. Bright shining eyes wanting to learn all about the Sons of the American legion.

Remember:  Remember our prisoners of war and our missing in action.  Remember our fallen comrades that gave all, so that we can live our lives the way we choose.  Remember our veterans, that came back sick or injured, needing care, comfort, or just a helping hand.  Remember our obligation to our country must remain a main objective of the sons of the American Legion.

In closing, I would like to thank the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion for all the support and guidance I have received throughout the years.  And I promise, with all my heart that I will, to the best of my ability, serve honorably as your commander, and make you all proud.  

For God and County,

Paul A. Hayse

"Retain, Recruit, Remember"




Detachment Commander

State of Illinois 


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