CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An Army veteran from an Albuquerque, N.M., American Legion post was elected national vice commander of the 2.2-million member veteran’s organization during its national convention in Cincinnati today.
Paul Leon Espinoza, a member of Post 13, served in the U.S. Army for four years of active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served an additional 18 years in the New Mexico Army National Guard with various units throughout the state. His military service included a tour in Iraq.
He has held various offices at every level in the American Legion, including department (state) commander of New Mexico. Some of his American Legion positions were department membership chairman (2015-2016), department vice commander (2011-2013), and department oratorical contest chairman (2009-2012). He was also District 11 commander, Post 13 commander, and Post 13 vice commander. He is a 2011 graduate of American Legion College.
Espinoza has been involved with many veterans issues throughout New Mexico. He was a letter carrier for 20 years and is retired from the U.S. Post Office. He has been in the Nation Association of Letter Carriers Union for 29 years, and was an area vice president of his state Letter Carriers Union for five years. Born in Albuquerque, Espinoza is married to Cecilia Espinoza. He has a son, Paul Jr.; daughter, Ashley; and two grandsons. His family is proud and supportive of him, and Espinoza is proud of his membership in The American Legion Family.
His hobbies are pool, bowling, softball, basketball, and old cars. Espinoza is one of 12 national officers.