Legacy Military Reunion with a Gold wreath between Military Reunions. Est 2023 written under the wreath
Honoring your legacy

Legacy is proud that you chose us to host your reunion. We are an organization that was started through our own need for reunions. We are run and operated by three combat veterans who served together in the early parts of the Iraq War. Our journey with reunions taught us not only what we want out of a reunion but also how important they are to our mental health, so important that we believe they need to be held more often. We think annual reunions are what is needed. We do not expect every veteran to be able to come to a reunion every year, however, if a veteran misses one reunion, it’s only a year or two before they see their brothers or sisters as opposed to it being ten years if you miss one reunion.

Our idea is a simple one: rent out a cabin that boasts numerous amenities, provide food, and spend quality time with our brothers and sisters. We are a family, and families should meet more often to maintain strong relationships.

See the slide show below for an example of a reunion like this from 2023.

We are a new non-profit and have a full schedule of upcoming reunions, so funding is restricted. We currently operate more as event planners and fundraisers. We will create a reunion page for your reunion on our website, that way people can make donations specific to your reunion and we will create a t-shirt/hoodie fundraiser. However, The idea is that the veterans will pay the difference whatever funds aren’t raised. This way, we can guarantee that veterans can meet annually to connect regardless of lack of funding from us. We are currently booked until Fall 2025. If you would like a reunion before then, we recommend that you contact other reunion foundations. They are listed on our veteran resource list.

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2025 and later. Click the link for the application below, read the instructions, and complete the form. We look forward to partnering with you to plan your next reunion.

If you desire to plan and pay for your reunion yourselves, contact our friends at Military Reunion Network. They are an organization that teaches veterans how to plan their reunions. Their online webinar is offered for a modest cost. Afterward, they offer free advice and troubleshooting assistance while planning the reunion. They are available every day for problems like hotels not communicating, potential venue problems, and other unforeseen circumstances that are inevitable when planning a reunion.

Doug Hayenga – Treasurer, Board of Legacy Military Reunions 

Doug Hayenga grew up in St. Cloud, MN, where he graduated from Tech High School. Before 9/11, Doug joined the United States Marine Corps and served from August 2001 to December 2006. During his service, he completed two combat tours in Iraq. On his second tour in Fallujah in 2004, while serving as an infantry Team Leader with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, he was severely injured and was subsequently medically retired after recovering from his wounds.

After his military service, Doug earned a degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Grand Canyon University. He currently serves as a Deputy Training Officer for the Navy.

Doug resides in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, Dinora, a retired Navy veteran, and their two daughters. He is passionate about helping veterans come together to form a community of support and brotherhood, which led him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions.

Robert Shumate – Chairman of the Board and Secretary of Legacy Military Reunions

Robert Shumate grew up in Northeast Texas, just outside of Texarkana, where he currently resides. In 2001, prior to the attacks on 9/11, Robert joined the Marine Corps shortly after high school. As a decorated combat veteran, he served two combat deployments in Iraq. His first deployment was in 2003 during the initial invasion as a radio operator. He returned to Iraq in 2004, serving in Fallujah as a squad leader, where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat valor distinguishing device and was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Robert continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was later promoted to Staff Sergeant.

After leaving active duty, Robert pursued higher education at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his time there, he founded the school’s Student Veterans Association in 2010, serving as its President. He also organized a community-wide event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Currently, Robert is a Project Manager in the sports industry, collaborating with numerous professional teams and Division I schools nationwide. His extensive experience in organizing his unit’s reunions inspired him to co-found Legacy Military Reunions with Benjamin and Doug, where he continues to dedicate his efforts to bringing veterans together.