S.A.L Officers

Commander Harry Wachter
First Vice Commander Jim Cavender
Second Vice Commander  Andrew McGovern
Treasurer  Kevin McGovern
Sergeant-at-Arms  Terry Keys
Chaplain  Kevin Heenan
Historian  Bernard Higgins

At-Large Executive Committee Members

Harry Payne
Ken McCaw
Donny Habas
Sean McGovern

Post Advisor

Mark Ruhl

Welcome to the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 268!  The S.A.L. is an exciting organization of the American Legion that utilizes members’ talents and interests.  The S.A.L. has meetings at the Post every first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.

There we plan fund-raising events that give back proceeds raised to the Post, community and veterans.  From old-fashioned crab feasts and Saturday brunches to an annual Preakness party, the S.A.L. is a visible and integral part of the Post.  For a little bit of your time, you may even have fun!  For God and country we associate ourselves together and look forward to your participation.

The Sons of The American Legion (S.A.L.) is a program of the American Legion established in 1932 in Portland, Oregon.  Since then, the S.A.L. have assisted the American Legion with their programs and activities.  The American Legion, the Sons of The American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary form the “Legion Family.”

Membership in the SAL is open to all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion.  Also accepted are descendants of veterans who died in service during the  eligibility periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of the American Legion or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service.

The Sons of the American Legion have study programs recommended for younger members, but not limited to just them.  One program is called The Ten Ideals and covers patriotism, health, knowledge, training, honor, faith, helpfulness, courtesy, reverence and comradeship.  Once completed, members may continue with another program, called the Five-Point Program of Service.  This program covers patriotism, discipline, leadership and legionism.

The Sons of the American Legion have worked together with The American Legion to promote a wide variety of programs, including assisting the local posts in all activities, Veterans programs (VAVS), VA home and hospital volunteering, Children & Youth activities and fund raising.  Since 1988, the Sons of The American Legion have raised close to a million dollars for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, including $167,000 in 1998.  The members of the S.A.L. have donated over 153,000 volunteer hours for 1998 in the Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $649,000 that has gone directly to the VA hospitals and VA homes for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment and clothes for the patients.


The Squadron fills many needs for Post 268, as noted by the committees listed below.  Our primary function is one of support.  Many functions throughout the year are staffed, assisted, or planned by your SAL.  We stand ready (with cooker in tow!) to help fill the needs of Post 268.  Check back with this site for regular updates.

Wheaton, Maryland