Fairfax Radio 11-07-2023

American Legion National Commander Discusses Veteran Suicide

American Legion National Commander, Daniel J. SeehaferOur first guest is National Commander Daniel J. Seehafer, who was elected National Commander of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization on August 31, 2023, in Charlotte, N.C., during The American Legion’s 104th national convention. Seehafer likes to say, “It’s personal,” when it comes to the American Legion’s mission of serving veterans and their families. Today, he discusses continuing the theme of “Be the One” to prevent veteran suicide.

An ordained minister from Wisconsin, he earned his American Legion eligibility through service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, where he served as a military chaplain. A member of American Legion Post 157 in Horicon, Wis., Seehafer served in a number of American Legion offices at every level, including national chaplain and commander of the Department of Wisconsin. Born and raised in Merrill, Wis., he lettered in cross-country track while in high school and later received a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Concordia University and a Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Commander Seehafer was installed as assistant pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Horicon in 1997 and continues to serve as administrative pastor of the church and its school. His American Legion post was recognized for “100 percent” and “All-Time High” in membership during his terms as commander and adjutant. Other honors include the district commander’s new post achievement award, silver brigade, and Post 157 Legionnaire of the Year. In 2023, Seehafer earned an Outstanding Heroism Award for administering the Heimlich Maneuver to a choking victim at an American Legion dinner. For more information, go to www.legion.org.

Youngstown Author Discusses New Book

Author, Don GrecoDon Greco is our second guest and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. and lived in Ohio all his life, fulfilling his career as a fifth-grade schoolteacher, a high school geometry teacher, and thirty-three years as a professor of mathematics. Don always dreamed of writing novels, so quietly, in his spare time, he wrote novels throughout his adult life. Today he will discuss his Series “The Youngstown Quintet”.  The first novel in the series is “Abramo’s Gift”.  It was followed in succeeding years by “Tommy the Quarterback”, “Dracaena Marginata”, “The Malandrine”, and the latest novel in the Quintet, coming out shortly is “The Ghost Hawk”, All his novels are written about the Youngstown, Ohio region and are set atDracaena Marginata different times in history. The novels are unrelated, have different characters, and are quite independent of each other, and they are novelsabout ordinary people who live extraordinary lives–stories about families.  Each of the novels have, as their backbones, a love story.

In 2014 and was granted by the influential industry magazine, Kirkus Reviews, a Kirkus Star and for his third novel “ Marginata”, which was designated as one of the best novels of the year. The books are presently available on-line from Amazon and Barns & Noble web sites and will soon be available in selected bookstores through Jan-Carol publishing company.  Don recently published his first childrens book, “What Ever, Happened To The Smooth-Tongued Cats.” published byJan Carol Publishing, its getting great reviews and children love the new book. For more information about Don’s books or to learn about his upcoming schedule, visit greconovels.com.

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