REGIONAL - Denise Rohan, the first female American Legion National Commander in the organization’s 99-year history, will host events in Fulda and Windom on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Rohan will host the National Commander’s Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion in Fulda. Attendees should RSVP by Monday by calling Jim Troje at (507) 329-0500.

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On Wednesday, Rohan will host the National Commander's Breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Jack Slades Steakhouse in Windom. Attendees should RSVP by calling Fred Meyer at (507) 830-1440.

A McGregor, Iowa native, Rohan left for U.S. Army basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala. in 1974. She served on active duty at Fort Lee, Va. until her honorable discharge in August 1976.

Rohan, who now lives in Verona, Wis. with her husband Mike, has served the American Legion since 1984. She has served as a civilian volunteer with the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1-105th Cavalry Squadron, as well as the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard Airman and the national guard Family Readiness Program.

Rohan has two children and two grandchildren. Her motto is “Family First,” which means broadening the legion’s focus from just service members and veterans to military families.

In accordance with that policy, the legion is raising funds for the Temporary Financial Assistance program, which awards crash grants to minor children of veterans in need of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses.