VFW National Commander-in-Chief

Hal J. Roesch II

Hal J. Roesch II was elected Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 24, 2019, at the 120th VFW National Convention in Orlando, FL.

Hal served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 2002. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Southern Watch, and the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal (for Hurricane Hugo relief in South Carolina), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Department of Iowa Elected Officers

State Commander: Michael Braman

State Senior Vice Commander: Ron Leber

State Junior Vice Commander: Denny Snow

State Quartermaster: Jerry Black

State Chaplain: Barb Kula

Past State Commander: Paul Arnold (PSC)

Iowa National Council Member: Carol Whitmore (PSC)

Appointed State Officers

Adjutant: Same as State Quartermaster

State Judge Advocate: Russell "Doc" Saffell (PSC)

State Surgeon: Scott McDonald

Chief of Staff: Carol Whitmore (PSC)

Inspector: Scott McDonald

Sergeants-At-Arms: Gregory Allen, Jack Lingelbach, Don Fisher

Service Officer (Des Moines): Ben Dales

Service Officer (Iowa City): Richard Davis

Program/Committee Chairs

Buddy Poppy Chairman: Jack Lingelbach
Citizenship Education Chairman: Jerry Huffman
Community Activities Chairman: Jerry Huffman
I.T. Director: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Webmaster: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Department Outreach Chairman: Denny Abel
Emergency Disaster Chairman: Russell Saffell (PSC)
Fundraising Chairman: Ron Leber

          Fundraising Vice-Chairs: District Commanders

Homeless Veterans: Jacob Gruber (PSC)
Hospital Chairman: Scott McDonald
Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs: Carol Whitmore (PSC)
Loyalty Day Chairman: Jerry Huffman
Membership Chairman: 
National Home Chairman: Paul Arnold

National Legislative Chairman: Brad Whitmore
National Home Chairman: Denny Snow
Marketing & Communications Director: Herman Robinson

Patriot’s Pen Chairman: Russell "Doc" Saffell (PSC)
POW/MIA: Todd Jacobus

Public Relations Chairman: Jerry Black
Safety Chairman: Mike Braman
Scouting Chairman: Russell "Doc" Saffell (PSC)
Student Veterans of America Liaison: 

State Fair Booth Co-Chairmen: Jack Linglebach & Mike Braman
State Legislative Co-Chairmen / State Lobbyists: Michael Young, Russell "Doc" Saffell

State Photographers: Dennis Appelhons
Teacher Award Chairman: Don Fisher
Veterans Service Chairman: Richard Davis
Veterans & Military Support Co-Chairmen: Todd Jacobus
VFW National Legislative Representative / Federal Lobbyist: Brad Whitmore

VFW Riders Co-Chairmen / President: Larry Steele, Brad Whitmore
Voice of Democracy Chairman: Russell "Doc" Saffell (PSC)

* PSC = Past State Commander

** PNCM = Past National Council Member