What The American Legion Does

  • Processes more than 600 disability claims appeals per month for Veterans trying to get their VA medical benefits.
  • Gives emergency financial assistance to Legion families hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other disasters.
  • Urges Congress to provide enough VA funding to take care of Veteran’s medical needs – and provide it in advance.
  • Awards college scholarships to children whose mothers or fathers have sacrificed their lives in the global war on terrorism.
  • Volunteers about one million hours every year at about 160 VA medical facilities nationwide.
  • Helps families of deployed troops through its Family Support Network and Operation Military Family Outreach.
  • Through its Temporary Financial Assistance program, helps the children of Veterans who are suffering hardships.
  • Donates about 100,000 pints of blood annually to the American Red Cross.
  • Lobbies Congress to upgrade and improve Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits (the Legion wrote the original 1944 GI Bill that educated 8 million Veterans!)
  • Through its Heroes to Hometowns program, works with communities to welcome back their returning Veterans and help them make the transition to civilian life.
  • Sponsors more than 5000 American Legion Baseball teams, which are made up my more than 100,000 ball players.
  • Raises funds to improve the quality of life for active duty troops, with the Wounded Warrior Recognition Program and Operation Comfort Warriors.
  • Offers community programs that encourage the intellectual and social growth of America’s children (Boy’s State, National Oratorical Competition, Boy Scouts).

In A Nutshell:

  • If you’re a Veteran, The American Legion will help you.  It will help you with VA health care, GI Bill benefits, sudden emergencies and the needs of your children.
  • And The American Legion does it all for free, because we have an army of volunteers – each one a wartime Veteran!
  • So we understand.  That’s why were here now – Veterans helping Veterans, service members and their families.
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4 Responses to “What The American Legion Does”

  1. Dave & Monique Murphy Says:

    My wife and I would like to join.I am a retired U.S. Navy SEABEE.I also am a 100% rated disabled Vet.We live in Eugene.My grandfather,father and three uncles belonged to post 98 in Rockport,Mass.My phone # 1-541-343-2307

    • American Legion Post 83 Says:

      I hope you still have the same email as when you sent this. We just now gained access to this website and therefore, your comment. So sorry for the long delay. We would love to welcome you and Monique, Dave. Our post is not ADA accessible however. We were gifted an historic farm house as our Post. If you are mobile, there should be no problem. Please stop by any day after 2:00pm we look forward to meeting you. Commander Pierre.

  2. Tobie Mathson Says:

    Is this a social club too? The legion I belong to in Pennsylvania has a bar and serves dinner, im.looking for a legion like that out here

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