Veterans Organizations
The American Legion

     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.

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