America’s largest supporter of veterans

With over a century of service, patriotism and camaraderie, The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most powerful organization of U.S. wartime veterans and their families. Today, it counts 2 million members who support their communities in more than 12,000 posts across the United States and worldwide.
Since its inception by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has delivered substantial improvements for veterans, families and communities. The Legion ushered in the modern VA. The Legion drafted and drove home passage of the GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Legion has brought into existence dozens of health-care benefits for veterans and programs designed to provide civilian careers after discharge.
Every day, the Legion works on behalf of U.S. service-men and women. It is recognized as a leader in transition assistance from military to civilian life, providing resources for careers, education, child care and more.
American Legion members work together to support their local communities, focusing on services classified under the organization’s four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation; National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth. Examples include:

• VA volunteers: Millions of community service hours are logged by VA-trained volunteers, and more than $1.5 million is raised annually to assist VA hospitals in local communities.
• American Legion Baseball: America’s pastime
is played out on fields each summer, providing healthy, wholesome activity for young people, some of whom go on to play Major League Baseball.
• Charities: The American Legion Family organizes fundraisers to secure scholarships for children, provide support and comfort for wounded service-members, and distribute emergency aid for victims of natural disasters.

The Four Pillars

Pillar I: Veterans

Pillar II: National Security

Pillar III: Americanism

Pillar IV: Children & Youth

The American Legion Family

The American Legion Family consists of The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion (SAL), American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Riders. Members of the Riders must be members of the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons.

The Sons of The American Legion: Founded in 1932, the Sons honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. There are more than 355,000 members in the United States. Members include males whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion member-ship. www.legion.org/sons

There are more than 1,500 American Legion Riders chapters across the nation. American Legion Riders support their communities with local fundraising events as well as being the primary force behind the annual Legacy Scholarship Fund. Riders raise awareness and collect donations during the annual American Legion Legacy Ride, which has helped raise more than $12 million for the scholarship fund.
Additionally, Riders members perform a number of services for Legion-supported causes and provide sup-port at military funerals.
www.legion.org/riders

The American Legion Auxiliary: As the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world, the Auxiliary’s membership is around 800,000. With 9,000 units in the United States, members are fiercely dedicated to serving, helping and meeting the needs of veterans, their families and their communities. www.alaforveterans.org

Benefits of Legion Membership

THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE
Members of The American Legion receive a free subscription to The American Legion Magazine, the largest veterans magazine in the nation. Every month, the magazine is filled with interesting feature stories, inter-views, graphics, photos and ads of interest to Legionnaires and their families. www.legion.org/magazine
AMERICAN LEGION ONLINE UPDATE
Members are automatically invited to receive the
free weekly American Legion Online Update
e-newsletter, which delivers a comprehensive round-up of stories, photos, videos and other material straight to their email inboxes. To subscribe, go to www.legion.org/enewsletters
MYLEGION.ORG SOCIAL NETWORK
A social network just for Legionnaires is available through mylegion.org. The network is built for veterans who want to communicate better with each other and with their posts. It offers a variety of services, including membership administration tools.

THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE
Members of The American Legion receive a free subscription to The American Legion Magazine, the largest veterans magazine in the nation. Every month, the magazine is filled with interesting feature stories, inter-views, graphics, photos and ads of interest to Legionnaires and their families. www.legion.org/magazine
AMERICAN LEGION ONLINE UPDATE
Members are automatically invited to receive the
free weekly American Legion Online Update
e-newsletter, which delivers a comprehensive round-up of stories, photos, videos and other material straight to their email inboxes. To subscribe, go to www.legion.org/enewsletters
MYLEGION.ORG SOCIAL NETWORK
A social network just for Legionnaires is available through mylegion.org. The network is built for veterans who want to communicate better with each other and with their posts. It offers a variety of services, including membership administration tools.