Why Should You Belong

Each year, American Legion department service officers help thousands of veterans receive the VA benefits they have earned through service to their country. The Legion conducts, promotes and supports hundreds of career fairs for veterans and transitioning service members, bringing employers face to face with job hunters. Through Operation Comfort Warriors, the Legion raises funds to provide comfort items for U.S. troops recovering in military hospitals and transition units worldwide. Legion staff lobbies Congress for better quality of life for U.S. military personnel.

Through American Legion Baseball, nearly 100,000 young men get to experience teamwork and competition each year. The Legion provides more than $138,000 in scholarships through The National American Legion High School Oratorical Contest. And Legion Riders, through the annual Legacy Run, have raised more than $2 million for the Legacy Scholarship, helping ensure the children of U.S. service members killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001, have a chance at a college education.

None of these facts may be news to active Legionnaires, but chances are most potential members do not realize all that The American Legion does for people of all ages at the local, state and national levels. Now, it's much easier to share that information with those potential members.

The Legion's 'Why You Should Belong' booklet, available for download here, further explains some of the many projects that the legion supports and is a " must read " for everyone interested in joining.

Why You Should Belong

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