Ken Kraetzer and John Chuhran of White Plains, NY Post 135 Sons of the American Legion Radio talk with former American Legion National Commander Michael Helm about his October trip to visit US military members stationed at Quantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Michael D. Helm of Norcatur, Kansas, served as national commander of the 2.4 million member American Legion from 2014-2015. A U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He has been a member of Jack Helt American Legion Post 313 at Lebanon, Neb., since 1972. Born in McCook, Neb., he grew up in Norcatur, Kansas. He is a retired U.S. Postal Service mail carrier with more than 33 years of service. Helm served as cdr of the Department of Nebraska from 1987 to 1988 and as a national vice cdr. from 2003 to 2004. Helm's wife, Debbie, is active in The American Legion Auxiliary. They are parents of five Legion Family members. Aaron and his wife, Robie, both graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Rebecca and her husband, Jaron Cox, both graduates of Kansas State University; Jacob, a 2015 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; Matthew, an Army ROTC cadet at Kansas State University and Timothy, a student at Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas
This interview originally aired on WVOX 1460 AM New Rochelle, NY on November 2, 2015, edited by Jack McGuirk. Sons of the American Legion Radio is based at White Plains, NY Squadron 135. SALRadio has twice received medals from the US Army including the "Outstanding Civilian Service Medal". See more on Facebook; Sons of the American Legion Report, West point football Report, and Chaplains Hill: Arlington National Cemetary. On Twitter: @SonsLegionRadio on Youtube: Ken Kraetzer Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9144509554