“Still Serving America”
Founded in Paris in 1919, the 2.8 million-member American Legion, with about 15,000 local “posts” in most communities and six foreign countries, is the nation’s preeminent non-profit community service organization for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including active duty, National Guard and Reserves, and their families. A powerful voice for veterans in Washington, the American Legion drafted the original GI Bill and was instrumental in establishing the agency that today is the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. The American Legion is an advocate for America’s veterans, a friend of the U.S. military, a sponsor of community-based programs for young people and a spokesman for patriotic values. Membership is restricted to men and women who are currently serving the U.S. military, or who have served during an official period of conflict.
Members of The American Legion
You were privileged to serve your country during Wartime. Today you are privileged to join the Legion Family in the continuation of that service. There is no distinction of rank among us. We are composed of members of every race, religion, occupation and political conviction. We maintain strict neutrality on all questions concerning religion, politics and industrial strife.
As Legionnaires, we are dedicated to:
- The rehabilitation of all disabled veterans;
- The care of the dependents of those who’ve answered the final call;
- The care of those who now are suffering from wounds, disease and want;
- The education of our children;
- Service to the Community, State and Nation.
We are pledged to serve the disabled, the distressed, the widowed and the orphaned.
The American Legion cherishes four great principles:
Justice, Freedom, Democracy and Loyalty.