Lincolnton resident Randy Cash stepped onto the national stage Aug.28, as the retired Navy chaplain took the oath of office to become National Chaplain for the American Legion.
An active member of American Legion Post 30 in Lincolnton and a faculty member at the Navy Chaplaincy School and Center at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, the 30-year Navy veteran immediately assumed his role in the 2.4 million-member organization following the annual American Legion convention, held this year in Charlotte.
Born at Old Crowell Hospital and boasting family throughout Lincoln and the surrounding counties, Cash spent several years in North Myrtle Beach before he retired from the Navy in 2009. He settled back into Lincolnton and immediately began looking for ways to make a difference.
“When I came back here, I was looking for opportunities to continue to serve,” Cash said. “I chose to take my pack off at the American Legion.
Cash has served as the chaplain for the Shelby-based American Legion World Series since 2012. It was at the 2014 World Series that Cash sat for an impromptu final interview with national American Legion leaders and was offered the position.
He was sworn in on Aug. 28 following an executive committee meeting and, after closing ceremonies at the annual convention, he was given the red hat that designates a national position.
Cash’s new position will take him to Washington D.C., several conventions at American Legion headquarters and on multiple speaking engagements, but what thrills Cash the most about his new position is the ability to make a difference.
“The opportunity to help veterans is most important,” Cash said. “Veterans sacrificed a lot and they need to be treated with integrity and respect. I don’t think we’ve done as good a job in helping our younger veterans. One of my focus points will be younger veterans, PTSD. I’m honored to represent North Carolina and Lincolnton.”