Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928

Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928 Gabriel A. Temporary Charter was issued in July 2020. History of the Post

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Rodriguez American Legion Post 1928, after being dormant for several years, in May 2020 a meeting was summoned with officers of the Erie County American Legion in hopes to reinstate the Post. Rodriguez Post # 1928 was to create an organization where our members could share with each other in camaraderie to celebrate our common culture and service to this nation. All the initial members of the post

were Hispanic and had served in various branches of the armed forces, from WWII to the most recent military interventions at that time. There was an uncomfortable and tense apprehension among those approached for membership, given the past history of racial prejudice and discrimination experienced by the Hispanic members during their respective military service. However, it was the intervention and guidance of leaders like Marcos Lopez and those of the Jesse Clipper American Legion Post that convinced and inspired the new recruits of what was to be the Rodriguez Post to join the American Legion. It was made clear that the Hispanic members needed to join in to make way for a more integrated organization that represented the image of America and its citizens. It was in 1985 that the Gabriel A. Rodriguez Post #1928 finally broke ground establishing the first Hispanic American Legion post in the Western New York region, composed of Hispanic-American veterans. Rodriguez was selected by the members of the post as a result of careful research established in consideration of the following criteria: to name after a member deceased, primarily as a casualty of war; the member must have been a local resident; finally, the member must have been of Hispanic demographic origin because given the still-existing ethnic segregation of the city, only they would recognize such a member. In selecting the name, the members felt it was the first time a group of veterans validated the importance and authenticity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disease (PTSD) as a cause of casualty resulting from military service. The victims of that disease became recognized by the voting members of the Rodriguez Post as casualties of war not dissimilar to those wounded or killed in battle. Rodriguez was a long-time member of the Buffalo Hispanic community, he represents a score of thousands of veterans throughout all wars past and present of an illness not yet diagnosed in his time as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD); tormented to the point of death in 1981. It is estimated that twenty veterans a day succumb to the emotional mental instability caused by war. In the spring of 2020 members of the original American Legion Gabriel A. Rodriguez Post 1928 began the efforts to reinstate its American Legion charter in the summer of 2020. Original members met to review the criteria and establish the ground work for the reinstatement. The former post had to show a structured and organizational concept that met the American Legion standards that would allow the charter application to be considered. In July of 2020 temporary officers were elected and names were submitted to meet the criteria for the application. Later that month on July 29, 2020 the issuance of the temporary charter for the American Legion Gabriel A. Rodriguez Post 1928 was forwarded. The charter was evidence of the confidence, which the Department and National officers have placed on the post and its charter members. The Post is committed to undertake activities in the basic programs of Americanism, Children and Youth, Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation and in National Security to the full extent which is suitable to its community. In December of 2020 permanent officers were elected to the Post as the Post is seeking its permanent charter as an American Legion Post. Officer 2022-2023

Post Commander: John Sanabria
1st Vice Commander: Saul Rodriguez
2nd Vice Commander: Joseph Robles
3rd Vice Commander: Jose Orta
Finance Officer: Ricardo Estrada
Sgt. of Arms: Pedro Lopez
Adjutant: Joseph Robles
Chaplain: Alberto DeJesus
Service Officer: Ventura Colon
Historian: Richard Morales
Homeland Security: Benjamin Matta
Judge Advocate: Jose Orta
Compliance Officer: Francisco Rodriguez
Membership: Saul Rodriguez

12/29/2023
A great evening with family and friends. Thanks to American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 for their s...
12/18/2023

A great evening with family and friends. Thanks to American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 for their support throughout the year and putting this together.

Here are some of the pictures from our Holiday Party. More to come.We want to thank everyone who came out with their fam...
12/18/2023

Here are some of the pictures from our Holiday Party. More to come.

We want to thank everyone who came out with their families to enjoy a great evening. A special thank you to the members of the American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 for their continued support. They did an amazing job setting up the place and the food was excellent.

12/13/2023
Hosting the Erie County American Legion meeting.
12/01/2023

Hosting the Erie County American Legion meeting.

At Puchos setting up the room.
11/25/2023

At Puchos setting up the room.

11/23/2023
Members from the Post and American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 assisting today with the turkey and ...
11/19/2023

Members from the Post and American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 assisting today with the turkey and food giveaway at School 30. Activities sponsored by Councilman David Rivera

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and Agustin "Pucho" Olivencia...
11/13/2023

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park and Agustin "Pucho" Olivencia Community Center for the reception following the ceremony.

A big thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 for their support at making this a success.

11/10/2023
11/10/2023
11/09/2023

Join our WNY community as we celebrate Veteran’s Day Nov 11, 2023 and the 12th anniversary breaking ground for our Hispanic American Veterans monument to be held at noon at the Buffalo Naval

Happy Halloween everyone .
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween everyone .

We are featured on the Legion's website at the following link below.
10/18/2023

We are featured on the Legion's website at the following link below.

The Western New York Hispanic American Veterans Memorial.

It was a great honor to witness the Initiation & Installation Ceremonies of the American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Ro...
10/11/2023

It was a great honor to witness the Initiation & Installation Ceremonies of the American Legion Auxiliary, Gabriel A. Rodriguez Unit 1928 yesterday. We look forward to working with the Auxiliary Unit as we continue to serve the Veterans and our community.

10/10/2023

De la autoria de German Rosario, Odilio Gonzalez, El jibarito de Lares. Nació en 1939 en Lares. Llega a Arecibo, adolescente, dándose a conocer en la radio ...

09/29/2023

Friday September 8, 2023 Buffalo Bisons Hispanic Heritage NightGabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post # 1928 Color GuardAnthem: Melinda Capeles-Rowe

106.78% membership goal for 2022-2023.
09/28/2023

106.78% membership goal for 2022-2023.

09/22/2023

It's an Italian feast to help benefit a staple in the local Hispanic community. A spaghetti dinner was held Saturday at the Pucho Olivencia Center on Swan Street here in Buffalo.

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P. O. Box 705
Buffalo, NY
14207

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