Still Serving: It’s Who We Are

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and committee and commission members who represent nearly 2 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them, are what allow The American Legion to make a difference locally, and on the state and national levels. It’s who we are and what we do.

Pillar I – Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

VA Claims Backlog
Access to VA Health Care
Network of Service Officers
VA Vet Centers
Health-care Funding Formula
Veterans with Special Needs
Final Respects
Heroes to Hometowns
Careers for Veterans
GI Bill Benefits

Pillar II – National Security

Support for the Troops
Size of the Armed Forces
Quality of Life
Homeland Security
Operation Comfort Warriors

Pillar III – Americanism

Flag Protection
Illegal Immigration
Voter Registration and Participation
Boy Scouts of America
The Pledge of Allegiance
Establishment-Clause Lawsuits
Legacy Run
Boys Nation
American Legion Baseball

Pillar IV – Children & Youth

Catastrophic Illness
Intellectual Disabilities
Family Integrity
Media Violence
Drug Abuse
Child Sexual Exploitation
Family Support Network
Temporary Financial Assistance
Samsung Scholarship
Child Welfare Foundation