National Commander Visits the American Legion in Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA- The American Legion in Lynchburg got a visit Tuesday from their top leader. National Commander Jim Koutz, the man who oversees all American Legions, stopped by the Greenview Drive location.

For the commander of Post 16, this moment is one to remember.

"It feels good. It's nice to be recognized nationally," said Leslie Baker.

This is also an opportunity for Koutz to speak about his work with wounded veterans.

"My project's called Operation Comfort Warriors."

Operation Comfort Warriors meets the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel. Only items veterans say they need.

"We've been to a lot of bases and we're taking things that they request, anything that makes them comfortable," said Koutz.

Wendy Hoffman proudly showed up to speak with the commander. Her two sons both served in Afghanistan. A proud military mom, Hoffman has concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD:

"We've been affected by a number of suicides. What adverse conditions is this uniform having on escalated PTSD and suicide rates," said Hoffman.

Hoffman alleges a link between insecticide-laced uniforms with higher rates of PTSD.

She can't prove it; it's just motherly intuition. But she hopes talking to the commander at the top could lead to answers down the road.

"And that's the main thing: Legislatively the American Legion is there," said Hoffman.

Learn more about Operation Comfort Warriors.