Dewayne “Dewey” Long was elected Detachment Commander by unanimous consent of the delegates to the annual convention representing the nearly 38,500 members of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Indiana for the membership year 2017-2018, at the recently concluded annual Detachment Convention, held in Indianapolis, July 15-16, 2017.
Dewey is the son of Grace and Jack L. Long, Sr., both now deceased. His eligibility in the Sons of The American Legion was established through his father, Jack L. Long, Sr., a US Army veteran of the Korean War. Dewey is the middle child. Jack Jr., his older brother, was in the US Navy, where he served for 14 years. Winona, his younger sister, is currently a member of the Indiana Air National Guard, where she has served for the last 27 years.
Dewey is a proud and active 16-year member of Sons of The American Legion Memorial Squadron 196 located in Bloomfield, IN. Dewey has a “long” list of accomplishments including having served as Squadron Commander, Squadron Adjutant, Squadron Finance Officer, ALR Past Director Memorial Chapter 196, Detachment Membership Chairman, Detachment Southern Vice-Commander, and 7th District Commander. Additionally, Dewey served the Detachment as Chairman of both the Internal Affairs and Rehabilitation Commissions.
Long comments, “It is such an honor and privilege to serve as Detachment Commander. I am looking forward to working with Department Commander Marty Dzieglowicz and Department President Judy Morris. I believe this will be a rewarding year for all.”
Long goes on, “My theme this year is “See a Vet, Thank a Vet”. I am asking all Sons members to thank our military personnel, past and present for their service. The words “Thank You” is something they never hear enough of. It is the Veteran, past and present that allows us the freedom we enjoy today.”
Through the Veterans Employment and Education initiative and combining forces with local resources, Commander Long hopes to be able to provide Veterans Employment and Education information by connecting veterans to the services they need that will enable them to get a job, a better job, an education, build a resume’, build a better resume’, or to simply brush-up on their individual interviewing skills.
Reinforcing his commitment to veterans and children, accompanying his theme, his project this year is COTA – the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. COTA is based and headquartered in Bloomington, IN and assists in raising funds for families in times of need. From hospital bills to temporary housing during a loved one’s treatment, when a family is referred to COTA the work begins but never ends. COTA is there before, during and after an organ transplant and remains a part of their lives moving forward. My goal is to raise $65,000.00 throughout the Detachment of Indiana, Long says. This amount breaks down to being $1.50 per member and $500.00 per district. Any single one-time post, unit, squadron, district, or individual donation of $1,000.00 or more will receive recognition by becoming a member of the Commander’s Club.
Long concludes, “My officers and I are here to assist you in any way we may be of assistance. I may be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812-381-1034. I look forward to meeting and renewing friendships as I travel throughout the state of Indiana this year. God Bless our military personnel and our veterans, and remember, “See a Vet, Thank a Vet”.”
Dewey works for Peabody Energy at Bear Run Mine in Dugger, IN. Dewey has been with Peabody Energy for the last 22 years.
Dewey is married to Melissa Long. They have 2 children, Jerad and Samantha, and 1 grandchild, Natalie. All are members of the American Legion family.