The American Legion

The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most powerful organization of  U.S. wartime veterans and their families. Today, it counts 2 million members who support their communities in more than 13,000 posts across the United States and beyond. 

Since its inception by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has delivered substantial improvements for veterans, families, and communities. The Legion ushered in the modern VA. The Legion drafted and drove home passage of the GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Legion has brought into existence dozens of health-care benefits for veterans and programs designed to provide civilian careers after discharge. 

The Legion works every day on behalf of U.S. service-men and women. It is recognized as a leader in transition assistance from military to civilian life, providing resources for careers, education, child care and more.

The American Legion is active every day. Its members work together to support their local communities, focusing on the services classified under the organization’s four pillars: Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation; National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth.
Examples include:

  • VA volunteers: Millions of community service hours are logged by VA-trained volunteers, and more than $1.5 million is raised annually to assist VA hospitals in local communities.
  • American Legion Baseball: American’s pastime is played out on fields each summer, providing healthy, wholesome activity for young people, some of whom go on to play Major League Baseball.
  • Charities: The American Legion Family organizes fundraisers to secure scholarships for children, provide support and comfort for wounded service-members, and distribute emergency aid for victims of natural disasters

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