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James T. Hunter
Sons of The American Legion
Detachment of Illinois
James T “Jimmy” Hunter was elected as the Son’s Detachment Commander at the 49th annual Detachment Convention of The Illinois Sons Of The American Legion which was held in Urbana, Illinois on June 22-24, 2012. He is proud to be serving as this year’s Commander and will strive hard to continue the traditions of service to our Veterans, Our Children, and Our Communities passed down from past generations of The American Legion Family.
S.A.L. Detachment Of Illinois / “Casting For Partners”
Jimmy’s eligibility in the Sons Of The American Legion is through his father Donald James Hunter who served in the United States Army during WWII.
Jimmy’s membership in The Sons Of The American Legion has been short but effective. He is a member in good standing of Squadron 615 in Tinley Park, Illinois for the past 10 years. That’s when he revived the Squadron and brought it up to 168 members today and is the 11th largest squadron in the State of Illinois.
During his 10 years in the S.A.L. Jimmy has served on many committees and commissions and has served in almost every capacity as an officer. From Chaplain to Commander in the Squadron, District, and Division levels. In addition to Detachment Commander he is still Squadron Finance Officer, District Finance Officer, Division Chaplain and is a member of the National VA&R Commission.
Jimmy is very active since his joining the S.A.L. and continues to be as he is a member of The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Honor Guard, Honor Flight Chicago, and is consistently visiting Manteno Veterans Home to cook for picnics or callings the races at The Day At The Races which his Squadron graciously host. He attends the majority of all the Welcome Home for our Soldiers that in the surrounding communities that he is asked to attend.
Jimmy was awarded the Charles Rigsby VA & R National Volunteer Of The Year Award in 2010 at the National Convention in Milwaukee, WI. He was also awarded the President’s Call To Service Award in 2009, as these are just two of the many awards he has been given for his dedicated service to our Vets and our Country.
Jimmy is married to his wife Maureen for 33 years. They have 6 children and 4 grandchildren, which all are members of The American Legion Family.
Jimmy worked for the Cook County Department of Facilities Management for 18 years and is currently retired.
Jimmy is dedicated to the “Four Pillars” of the American Legion and is dedicated to continue serving our Veterans, our children and our communities to help make a better life for all.
His theme this year is “Casting For Partners” which he will bring the American Legion Family closer together through unity, camaraderie and increasing the membership throughout his year.
“CASTING FOR PARTNERS” FOR GOD AND COUNTRY