Voter Participation

American Legion posts serve as polling places, political debate venues and forums during campaigns. The Legion is a nonpartisan organization but takes an active role in the political process. 


The American Legion is actively involved in the support, organization and coordination of high school Junior ROTC and college ROTC programs throughout the country.

U.S. Flag Protection And Education

The American Legion Legacy is the nation’s leading supporter of the constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag from desecration. Since a 5-4 Supreme Court decision in 1989 defined flag burning as free speech, The American Legion has advocated alongside members of the Congress, the Citizen Flag Alliance and the majority of the American people … [Read more…]

Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides college scholarships for children of military personnel who were killed on active duty since 9/11, or have a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher. The needs-based scholarship is designed to fulfill a gap after all federal and state grants and scholarships have been used by eligible … [Read more…]

Education Assistance

At the national, state and local levels , The American Legion provides access to dozens of scholarships and education programs. Fr more information about Legion-affiliated scholarships and aplications materials, visit

Boys Scouts Of America

American Legion posts nationwide sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units and provide thousands of dollars in scholarships. The Legion offers a national scholarship for Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Square Knot Award for Legionnaires who work for Scouting programs in their communities.

Youth Law Cadet Enforcement

American Legion departments conduct a week-long American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program for raising high school seniors that educates them about law enforcement and instills a newfound respect for law officials.

Oratorical Competition

The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program  gives thousands of young people the opportunity to hone their speaking skills and learn about the U.S. Constitution. Competitions at the local and state levels lead ups ton the National American Legion High School Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, where top finishers are awarded more than $138,000 n … [Read more…]

Junior Shooting

AMerican Legion youth air-rifle teams compete throughout the country for possible berth in the National Junior Shooting Sports championship at the U.S. Olympics Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., each year. 

Boys State/Boys Nation

Young men throughout the country learn firsthand how government works during AMerican Legion Boys State and AMerican Legion Boys Nation. From each Boys State program, two delegates are selected to attend Boys Nation in Washignton D.C., where they form a mock federal Senate and meet with top officials in the nation’s capital.