American Legion To Appoint Its First Female Executive Director

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Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Director Verna Jones speaks during a town hall meeting at American Legion Post 1 on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Director Verna Jones speaks during a town hall meeting at American Legion Post 1 on Monday, June 9, 2014.

For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the American Legion will appoint a woman executive director, a representative confirmed.

Verna L. Jones, an Army veteran who served as a personnel sergeant, is an attorney who has testified before Congress numerous times as director of the Legion's veterans' affairs and rehabilitation division in Washington.

A formal announcement of the appointment is expected next week.