The American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committeed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities. It's purpose is advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legions offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation's grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one nations most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country's citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintergation assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donation have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholoarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires' sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institue progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.
The American Legions's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.