The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It's the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to all veterans (America's Heroes).
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 posts and districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans throughout our nation. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on membership, participation and volunteerism.
The American Legion's Washington Conference held in February, annually in D.C. gives our organization's leadership a chance to meet with elected officials. They discuss legislative initiatives important to Legion members and their families. When our National Commander appears before congress in February, we are over 2 million strong. Our membership counts and those numbers make an impact. Join The American Legion today!