John G. Forrett Jr., is originally from Fort Campbell, Kentucky is now living in San Jose. He is the son of Major John G. Forrett, Sr, US Army 101st Airborne Division, a 20 Year Army Veteran with 2 tours in Viet Nam.
John started as an Infantry Private 1st Class, who later became a Lieutenant serving in the 91st Infantry Division (Training) and the 104th Division. John served for a total of 12 years in the United States Army Reserve.
John has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, in Technology Management.
John has served as a volunteer in the San Francisco Bay Area Communities in various roles for over 30 years. His most notable service has been in The American Legion posts & programs. He was the 13th District California Boys State Chairman. John attended The American Legion National College Class of 2010.
John is a Past 8th District Council Commander for San Francisco County, Department of California of The American Legion. He had served as Post Commander of The Alexander Hamilton Post 448 for 4 years prior to that. Currently, John is the Commander of Mission City Post 564.
John is a member of The American Legion Riders District 13, a Member of The Loyal Order of the Moose Sunnyvale Lodge #2049 as well as a Moose Legionnaire Golden Spot #15 & a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
John has a strong passion for assisting the chronically homeless who want to recover and restore their lives. He was a volunteer and strong supporter of the Measure A Initiative and has been working with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Maya Esparza of the All The Way Home Campaign to fulfill the promise made to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. John has been focusing on the homeless Veteran population. He participated in the homeless count in 2017 & 2018 in the San Jose Area with former Vice Mayor and Viet Nam Veteran Rose Herrera.
John served as the appointed the Central California Veteran Homeless Coordinator for The American Legion Department of California 2017-2018. This was a new program The Legion is putting together to partner with the Government and Community Organizations to assist with the challenges facing the homeless epidemic.
John is certified by the Veterans Affairs as permanently 100% Service Connected Disabled as well as a 50% rating for PTSD.
John enjoys singing karaoke, socializing, the great outdoors and helping Military, Veterans & their Families transition from wartime service back into mainstream society.
Other Mission City Post Personnel:
1st Vice Commander: Vince Burkes
2nd Vice Commander: David Morgan
3rd Vice Commander: George Gomer
Sergeant-At-Arms: Ron Soucy
Adjutant: Vince Burkes (Acting)
Finance Officer: Ron Frye
Chaplain: Bill McCormick
Judge Advocate: Tony Guida
Service Officer: Julie Jaroshenko
Historian Marcel: Pajuelo-Shwartz
Tony Rollis: PEC Member
Dave Sanders: PEC Member.
The American Legion was founded in 1919 by an act of Congress to serve as a Veteran Service Organization.
The American Legion Auxiliary was also founded by an act of Congress in 1919. While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The Sons of The American Legion was founded in 1932 and exists to honor the service and sacrifice of the Legionnaires.
The American Legion Riders were formed in Garden City, Michigan, in 1993, Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, Commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles.