The American Legion Department of Michigan announces that James C. Topps, Department Service Officer, has been promoted to lead the state Veteran's Affairs Rehabilitation Division effective June 7.
Topps will be be in charge of the Department’s largest division, working out of the Detroit Regional Office located in the Patrick V. McNamara Building in downtown Detroit.
He will oversee the day to day operations of both the regional office employees and the field service officers who serve throughout the state. He will work with the Department Legislative Chairman in making presentations to state and federal legislators in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.
Topps will report to the Department Executive Committee at all department conferences and the state convention. Other duties include participating in the Department’s Annual Service Officers School held each fall for all 456 posts and 19 district service officers.
Topps will be charged with assuring that all department service officers maintain their annual accreditation through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national organization by attending training sessions in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis.
Topps has worked for the Department of Michigan for the past 11 years and has affiliation with the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Battle Creek VA Medical Centers and 11 county Veterans Affairs office’s from Monroe County on the east side of the state to Berrien County on the west.
He is a life member of the Morenci American Legion Post 368 and lives in Adrian Michigan with his wife, Debbie.