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The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. It’s a community-service organization that now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. Legionnaires are heavily involved with community activities ranging from hospital services and both ceremonial and funeral support to youth programs such as Boy Scouts, scholarships and the annual American Legion Boys State program.
Membership in The American Legion is a tangible way to honor men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. It’s the best way to help preserve programs that benefit us, our nation and our fellow veterans. For example, The American Legion voiced great concern over the fate of POWs in Vietnam. Today, the Legion continues to press for a full accounting of POW/MIAs and has formed a special group from among the nation's major veterans’ organizations to take the lead on this issue. Also, The American Legion made a large monetary contribution to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund toward the construction of "The Wall" in Washington, D.C. The Legion, which had solicited donations from its members, eventually became the largest single contributor to the project. The Legion sponsored an independent study on the effects of exposure to Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans. The results of "The American Legion-Columbia University Study of Vietnam-era Veterans" were presented to Congress in 1989.

More recently, the "Family Support Network" was formed by The American Legion to assist the families of military personnel deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Middle East. The Network stepped in to help in a myriad of ways, from offering financial assistance to mowing lawns to baby- sitting, or simply providing a sympathetic ear. Today, the Legion's Family Support Network continues in existence to assist America's newest veterans, particularly with employment, as they return to civilian life.

Here in Schuyler County, the Legion Posts support a number of community and special event activities. Regular ceremonial activities occur for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, the Italian-American Festival, and Veterans Day. Gravemarker flags are placed by Legionnaires at veterans' graves shortly before Memorial Day. On some holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, local Legionnaires visit assisted living facilities and hospitals to entertain seniors and disabled veterans. Posts also provide Honor Guard/Color Guard services as requested by families of recently deceased veterans. An American Legion gravemarker is provided to the family of a recently deceased Legionnaire.

You are encouraged to read the history of the American Legion. To join, get an application here.




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