Wilsonville, Ore. – The American Legion Department of Oregon has announced the election of Robert D. Liebenow as national vice commander for 2019-2020 at the 101st National Convention of The American Legion held Aug 23-29 in Indianapolis, Ind.

NVC Liebenow is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Vietnam era, and is a 47-year member of The American Legion, our nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization. Liebenow, a native of Hillsboro, Ore., is a member of Hillsboro Post #6.

Liebenow has served six years at the national level of The American Legion holding positions of alternate-National Executive Committeeman, then as National Executive Committeeman, each for three years. He has also served on numerous national committees including Distinguished Guest Committee, Americanism Council, Counter Subversive Activities Committee, Children and Youth Commission, Veterans Employment ad Education Council and the national executive committee’s Liaison Committee for the Convention Commission. In addition to his national level assignments, NVC Liebenow has held many key leadership positions at the department, district and post levels, which provide the necessary experiences that make him a proven leader in the position.

In his new position, NVC Liebenow will serve as one of five national vice commanders and will represent the national commander in any number of capacities when called upon. He may preside over meetings of the National Executive Committee or the national convention, and perform other duties for the commander as directed. He will also provide leadership to the 15 departments that comprise the West Region, including international departments in Mexico and the Philippines.

Liebenow is married to the former Linda Birchard of Portland and the couple makes their home in Wilsonville, Ore. Rob and Linda have two adult children and three grandchildren. When he is not serving the veteran community, Rob enjoys spending time with his family and following Oregon Ducks athletics.

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America. The American Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.