The American Legion, like most Veterans Organizations, is chartered by
Congress as a Patriotic Veterans Organization to promote social,
professional and mutual helpfulness. It it by far, the
largest Veterans Service Organization that has gone beyond the needs of
the veteran, but to include the veterans community by sponsoring youth
mentoring programs and community betterment advocating Patriotism,
Duty, Honor and a Strong National Security, and continued devotion to
our fellow servicemen and servicewomen and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen
the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of
the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young
people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness.
The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with
recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of
support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations
at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their
families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with
great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in
the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill.
Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives
an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind
the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by
resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’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.