Indiana man embraces role as VFW's national leader


A southern Indiana man says he hopes to recruit more members and help bring home the remains of veterans who died on foreign soil in his new role as the VFW's National Commander.

Bill Thien of Georgetown was elected the organization's leader on July 24 in Louisville during the 114th VFW National Convention.

The News and Tribune reports the New Albany native will lead 1.6 million VFW members for the next year.

Thien joined the Navy in 1969 when he was a high school senior and has been involved with the VFW for more than 40 years.

His new job will keep him on the road 300 days and include trips to Washington, D.C., Hawaii and Russia. He also hopes to visit China.

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