American Legion

Focuses on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities. Currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): National Association, Other
Tags: Veterans

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

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.


News Story

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits

Monica Disare
Miami Herald
August 10, 2014
As VA backlog keeps shrinking, thousands of Florida veterans still wait for their benefits.

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