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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