Why Join?

Together, we make a difference

The American Legion provides life-changing assistance and guidance for veterans, military personnel, their families and communities in thousands of ways every day around the world. Help comes in the form of personal assistance, cash grants, donated goods, disaster relief, labor, networking, volunteerism and advocacy.

Why You Should Belong

 

Why do I belong to The American Legion?

I joined 27 years ago out of a sense of patriotism and support for my fellow veterans. I knew several veterans at the time and enjoyed the comradery. Mostly, it was a social attraction.
Through the years my affiliations and attitudes changed. I transferred from a post that placed their priorities on profits rather than principles. I found myself at a post with fewer members but large in heart and dedicated to service. The opportunities were many and I eventually found myself wearing the Adjutant pin.
Volunteering time and labor can be challenging as well as rewarding. I find satisfaction from helping people. To assist just one person locate the help they need or provide transportation for someone who is not able to travel on their own to their appointments or to provide financial assistance to those whose luck has taken a bad turn or to be present for a family who has lost a loved one, even when no words are exchanged but the simple gesture of a hand shake or a hug speaks volumes to those who are hurting and their gratitude is rewarding beyond measure. Let’s not forget our unexpired oath and our obligation to each other as veterans of the armed services of a great nation, even though it’s greatness is sometimes obscured by the attitudes of a people who sometimes forget that the freedom we enjoy comes at a price paid for by the blood of other men and women who gave their lives for the cause of liberty. I feel a strong sense of obligation to their legacy and also for doing whatever is necessary to insure that those who served and returned are treated with dignity and respect by the institution they pro-tected.
By serving in The American Legion each of us demonstrates to our community the commitment we share in maintaining a strong, patriotic and free America for generations to come.

This is why I remain a member of The American Legion.

David Bogner – Adjutant

 

More Reasons to Join The American Legion

Free Subscription to The American Legion Magazine
Our nation’s leaders speak directly to citizens on the pages of The American Legion Magazine. The American Legion’s organizational goals are promoted using the words of talented writers, professional journalists, and world leaders.

Benefits Assistance
The American Legion offers expert advice, support and representation for veterans and families seeking government benefits they are eligible to receive at the federal, state and local levels.

Career Assistance
Hundreds of job fairs and career events every year, all across the map, are coordinated, sponsored, promoted or produced by The American Legion. American Legion business workshops also help veterans and their families pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Comfort for the Recovering
Operation Comfort Warriors helps active-duty military personnel and newly discharged veterans recover and adjust to lifestyle changes.

Education Assistance
The American Legion conducts student-veteran roundtables, networks with Student Veterans of America as well as college campuses, and works with agencies to better apply military experience toward professional and vocational licenses and certification credits.

Family and Community Support
Cash grants and volunteer aid are among the ways The American Legion reaches out to families of military servicemembers and veterans during times of financial difficulty, short-handedness at home or natural disaster.

Financial Services
The American Legion and USAA, two organizations driven by the same values for nearly a century, are allied through a “preferred provider” relationship that connects Legionnaires with the best advice and service in banking, insurance and personal finance.

Homeless Veteran Outreach
The American Legion offers hundreds of opportunities for homeless veterans across the country, including temporary housing, mentoring and job training.

Honor and Remembrance
American Legion honor guards provide official services at thousands of veteran funerals around the world each year. The Legion is also a leader at every level in the establishment and maintenance of memorials and monuments that honor military sacrifice.

Member Discounts
The American Legion offers members and their families practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save many times the cost of annual membership dues.

Advocacy in Washington
The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.

Volunteer Opportunities
The American Legion offers volunteer opportunities that fulfill needs in local communities throughout the country and beyond. The Legion and the Sons of The American Legion provide millions of hours of free community service, assistance at VA medical facilities and help at military installations each year.