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American Legion District 21 Channel

District 21 is in Area 5 in Southern California which has has 16,324 members and 108 Posts. District 21 has 5.163 members and 17 Post. 

American Legion District 21 Channel
Rudolph Valadez, Commander, District 21

Rudolph Valadez, Commander, District 21

Rudolph “Rudy” Valadez is a retired Senior Executive of the United States Government, presidential appointee as the Western Regional Administrator of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, professor of law, and author. Since 2014, he has been a member of Post 79 in Riverside, California and held the offices of Post Adjutant, First Vice Commander, Judge Advocate, and Post Commander. He is a member of the National Mentor’s Corps and assists Veterans involved in the Criminal Justice System. His main goal is to be of service to all veterans. Painting and writing are his hobbies.Watch Now

Rudolph “Rudy” Valadez is a retired Senior Executive of the United States Government, presidential appointee as the Western Regional Administrator of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, professor of law, and author. Since 2014, he has been a member of Post 79 in Riverside, California and held the offices of Post Adjutant, First Vice Commander, Judge Advocate, and Post Commander. He is a member of the National Mentor’s Corps and assists Veterans involved in the Criminal Justice System. His main goal is to be of service to all veterans. Painting and writing are his hobbies.

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Tony Aguilar Jr.

Tony Aguilar Jr. American Legion District 21 District Adjutant

Tony Aguilar Jr.  District 21 Adjutant Tony has many decades of service and leadership to the American Legion and the Palm Springs Community. In this interview Tony discuss the many aspects of the American Legion. The process for veterans to join and find a Post that fits their needs and that they can enjoy interacting with fellow veterans. The interview also dives into the various services provided to veterans by the American Legion whether at the local or the District, Area, State and National levels. The American Legion is known for its long service to the community and fundraiser forWatch Now

Tony Aguilar Jr.  District 21 Adjutant

Tony has many decades of service and leadership to the American Legion and the Palm Springs Community.

In this interview Tony discuss the many aspects of the American Legion. The process for veterans to join and find a Post that fits their needs and that they can enjoy interacting with fellow veterans. The interview also dives into the various services provided to veterans by the American Legion whether at the local or the District, Area, State and National levels.

The American Legion is known for its long service to the community and fundraiser for many local great causes.

For Tony’s great community works and leadership he was awarded a Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2015.

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Richard Chalupnik

Richard Chalupnik 3rd Vise Commander and Finance Officer American Legion District 21

Richard Chalupnik 3rd Vise Commander and Finance Officer District 21 Richard is native to Southern California. He spent 6 years in the United States Air Force in the weather field and is a Vietnam Era Veteran. Following the Air Force he completed his college degree with a major in Computer Science. His civilian life was spent as a Computer Programmer/Analyst. Richard is an Honorary Life Member of American Legion (AL) Riverside Post 79, located in Fairmount Park. He has served in a number of the AL Post 79 positions. He was AL Post 79 Commander in 2007- 2008 and servedWatch Now

Richard Chalupnik 3rd Vise Commander and Finance Officer District 21

Richard is native to Southern California. He spent 6 years in the United States Air Force in the weather field and is a Vietnam Era Veteran. Following the Air Force he completed his college degree with a major in Computer Science. His civilian life was spent as a Computer Programmer/Analyst. Richard is an Honorary Life Member of American Legion (AL) Riverside Post 79, located in Fairmount Park. He has served in a number of the AL Post 79 positions. He was AL Post 79 Commander in 2007- 2008 and served two consecutive terms as AL Post 79 Commander from July 1, 2017 till June 30, 2019. Richard has transitioned into a leadership role in AL District 21. The AL District 21 encompasses 17 posts in Riverside County. He was voted in as the AL District 21 3rd Vice Commander in September of 2019 and continues to hold that position. As 3 rd Vice Commander Richard is responsible for Children and Youth programs and is heavily involved with the Oratorical Contest and Boys State programs. In January of 2020, Richard was appointed as the AL District 21 Finance Officer and currently continues in that position. Richard is the captain of the Robert J. “Uncle Bobby” Castillo Memorial Honor Guard, also known as Team 12 at the Riverside National Cemetery (RNC) Memorial Honor Detail (MHD). The team serves all day at RNC on the 1st, 3rd, and if there is one, the 5th Tuesday of each month along with the 3rd Friday of the month. The team has served in over 4,200 Military Honors services at RNC. The team also performs as an Honor Guard in the community and performs Military Honors when requested at various venues. Richard has served on the Riverside County Veterans Advisory Committee (VAC) since July of 2015. As a VAC member, He has been involved with the Pass Area Veterans Expo and the Riverside Area Stand Down. He served as the VAC Vice Chairman for the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year. In September of 2019, he was voted in as the Riverside County VAC Chairman and continues in that role. He is also a member of the AL Past Commanders club, AL Riders Chapter 79 where he has served as Judge Advocate and currently as Chaplain, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 47 and the La Société

des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, Voiture 394, also known as the 40 & 8.

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