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American Legion

In order to foster and encourage mutual help, the American Legion was founded in 1919 by the Congress. This is a patriotic organization for veterans committed to organizing sponsorships for youth, providing them with mentorship, promoting a sense of national security, fostering devotion to fellow veterans and service members and advocating honor and patriotism.

The Legion has since been organizing many local activities and programs in order to reach the grass root population. In a bid to inculcate a sense of sportsmanship in youths and to develop team spirit, American Legion Baseball has since established itself as one of the nation’s most successful athletic programs for amateurs.

To help veterans wounded from Afghanistan and Iraq, the American Legion offers assistance service through its Heroes to Hometowns program. This organization has offered millions of dollars in assistance for veterans and their families in times of crisis and has also awarded scholarship for youth.

Being involved in the legislation process, the American Legion enjoys political influence and is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that operates with a sense of obligation to the community and nation. This organization exclusively focuses on the rights and quality of life of veterans and operates purely with the help of volunteers.

It encourages active membership and participation of members in order to serve the communities it represents. This Legion enjoys worldwide recognition with over 14,000 posts around the globe consisting of 2.4 million members. There are a total of fifty five departments in each post and there is a post for each of the fifty states, for the District of Columbia, Philippines, Mexico, France and Puerto Rico.

The American Legion has an office at Washington DC and its national headquarters at Indianapolis.  There is a continuous effort to enhance the number of members and volunteers through its standing national committees and commissions working in conjunction with the post, district and department leadership.

Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are the two associate organizations of the American Legion.

To find the link to this and many other military aid and charity organizations, please visit the Military Links & Resources page.

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