Hall Joins American Legion National Staff in Washington

Feb 17, 2012, 15:47 ET from The American Legion

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marlene Hall of Shirlington, Va., has been hired by the Washington office of The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service organization.

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An Air Force veteran who served eight years as a personnel officer, Hall joins the Legion's national staff as assistant director of its Heroes to Hometowns program. Also known as H2H, the program's purpose is to provides transitional outreach and support for seriously wounded veterans returning from overseas.

"I wanted to work with wounded soldiers because it's a great way to give something back to them, for the sacrifices they've made," Hall said. "These men and women are my heroes and it means a lot to me to have a job that does good work for good people."

Hall said a key part of her job is to connect wounded servicemembers and veterans to the resources they need to help them make a successful transition back to civilian life. The American Legion has about 14,000 posts across the country, and Hall said this makes the organization well suited to help America's wounded warriors – especially at the community level.

Hall is a graduate of the University of Virginia and earned a master's degree in management and industrial organizational behavior. She is pursuing another master's in public relations at Georgetown University.

Before working for The American Legion, Hall worked as a government contractor, free-lance writer and public relations executive. She has also performed improvisational comedy and taken classes at the iO Theater in Chicago.

Hall does volunteer work for the USO, the Washington Humane Society's "Fashion for Paws" and the 1869 Corcoran Society. She was also a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera's performance of "Carmen" with Denyce Graves.

SOURCE The American Legion