Boomer X, Millennials, and Generation Z Vets Answering the Call
Houston, Texas (November 16, 2022) – The American Legion is the largest and oldest veterans organization comprised of war time veterans, representing 103 years of service with nearly 2 million members representing 12,000 posts supporting four key missions called “Pillars” – Veterans and Rehabilitation, Americanism, National Security, and Children and Youth.
Its fingerprints can be found in our communities with its established programs and volunteer activities. It has an organizational structure and process for taking initiatives from idea to national adoption at either the local post, district, division, state, regional, and national vote. However, each member is equal in the eyes of the membership, and it does not recognize former rank.
Commanders of posts work hard to rally and inspire their members to engage and support their local communities, and they all deserve recognition for their selfless dedication.
U.S. Navy veteran Hector Giron is a newly installed Commander of the Spring Branch American Legion Post 654 and is part of the 22nd District Department of Texas American Legion representing 12 posts and 4,500 members from Katy to South of I-10 to Pasadena. He represents the next generation of younger vets (a member of the Millennial generation) setting new standards and horizons linking the Greatest Generation and others to the present – passing the baton.
“My vision for American Legion Post 654 is to have a place for active duty, veterans, wounded warriors, and their families can call home. I’m tired of veterans organizations being only seen as places that offer cheap beer and bingo. My goal is to show that there is more that we can do for vets and the community,” said Commander Giron.
He has served the Lone Star Veterans Association, Wounded Warrior Project, The Mission Continues, Operation Turkey- Houston (Board), Lions Club International- Houston, Rotary Club of Houston Area Vets, Houston LiveStock Show and Rodeo – Armed Forces Appreciation Committee, Houston Military Affairs Committee (HMAC), Houston Livestock and Rodeo (Armed Forces Appreciation Committee), and Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW), all while balancing his own life and being happily married to his wife Cynthia (16 years) and raising four wonderful girls.
“The growth and relevance of the legion is dependent on the next generation of veterans and its leadership,” says Army Veteran James “Jim” McGuire, 22nd District Department of Texas American Legion Commander.
Under Commander Hector’s influence in less than a year with the American Legion he has organized a bus trip to New Orleans with WW2 Veterans to see their museum, recognition of veterans at the Astros games and home games and at the World Series games 1 and 2, other sports initiatives, rallying volunteers to provide food for 8,500 Houstonians via Operation Turkey, and more. His leadership has brought media attention, individual and corporate sponsorship, influence, and support for a variety of causes affecting the veteran community.
To review a complete schedule of activity of the 22nd District Department of Texas American Legion Post, please visit www.LegionDist22.com
Commander Hector Giron Biography
Hector giron was born and raised in Spring Branch, Houston, TX on May 5, 1983. Son to 2 Guatemalan immigrant parents Rolando and Hermelinda Giron and oldest brother to Alex, Pedro, and Anderson Giron. He attended elementary (Valley Oaks), Middle school (Spring Woods), and High School (Northbrook Senior High), in the Spring Branch area of Houston. After High school he enlisted in the United States Navy where I served for 4 years as an Aviation Ordanceman onboard the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and did 2 deployments (06’ and 07’) in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After his time in the service came to an end I returned home and ended up getting my Associates Of Arts- Field of Study- Speech Communication and got involved with numerous veteran organizations in the greater Houston area.