AMERICAN LEGION HQ

Veterans Strengthening American

aka The American Legion National Headquarters   |   Indianapolis, IN   |  www.legion.org

Mission

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Ruling year info

1946

National Adjutant

Daniel S. Wheeler

Main address

PO Box 1055

Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA

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EIN

35-0144250

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

For nearly 90 years, The American Legion has acted as the nation's leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for U.S. military veterans.  The Legion was instrumental in the creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930 and an ardent supporter of its elevation to cabinet status when it became the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989.  The relationship between VA and The American Legion continues to evolve today.

As it has for decades, The American Legion continues to aggressively lobby for adequate funding for VA health care, timely access to facilities, fair rulings on benefit claims and economic opportunities for those who have come home changed by their military experiences.  A nationwide network of American Legion department service officers works diligently to assist veterans as they pursue benefits and care they earned and deserve.  At the local, state and national levels, thousands of Legionnaires provide countless hours to help veterans obtain their benefits.  The American Legion provides professional representation in claims appeals, discharge disputes and transition assistance from active-duty to civilian status throughout the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since its founding in 1919, The American Legion remains steadfast in its support of a strong national defense, which is reflected in the Preamble to The American Legion Constitution: “To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United Sates of America,” and “to safeguard the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy.”

The American Legion’s national-security position is multifaceted. Key aspects include: 

·         A well-funded, well-equipped and well-trained military.

·         Awareness and surveillance of rogue nations, terrorist groups and global threats to U.S. Security around the world.

·         Support for the Department of Homeland Security and urging its steadfast protection of U.S. borders, ports and other points of access.

·         Comprehensive disaster preparedness.

·         A decent quality of life for troops and their families – active-duty and reserve components alike – that includes reasonable compensation, benefits, health care, child care and family-support programs; and an efficient and compassionate healing and transition program for wounded and ill warriors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many cultural, moral and patriotic values have come under serious attack in the United States in recent years. Prayer has been removed from schools. The U.S. flag is no longer protected from anarchists. Boy Scouts of America faces serious legal duels in the communities it serves. The institution of marriage is under siege. Immigration laws are defied. References to God have been challenged on U.S. currency, in the Pledge of Allegiance and in the public square, all by a minority of voices whose vision for America is far different from that of our Founding Fathers. Our nation's very identity is at stake as more and more values are driven toward extinction. As an organization dedicated to God and country, with a membership of military veterans that takes deep pride in the U.S. flag and all it means, The American Legion has always been a stalwart champion of patriotism, morality and citizenshithe raising of wholesome youth, respectful observance of patriotic holidays and remembrances, education and law-abiding citizenship. Among The American Legion's highest Americanism' priorities are:

U.S. Flag Protection
Illegal Immigration

Voter Registration and Participation

Boy Scouts of America

The Pledge of Allegiance

Establishment-Clause Lawsuits

The American Legion Legacy Run

American Legion Boys Nation

American Legion Baseball

Population(s) Served
Adults

The American Legion's Commission on Children & Youth manages a pillar of service guided by three main objectives: to strengthen the family unit, to support quality organizations that provide services for children and youth, and to provide communities with well-rounded programs that meet the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of young people. The commission works to provide hope for children who face health, safety, discipline or home-life challenges and provides opportunities for young people to succeed. The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation provides more than $500,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations each year that work to improve the lives of young people. These grants have aided organ-donor campaigns, supported efforts to help military children cope with deployment or loss of a parent, and funded projects that increased public awareness of Huntington's Disease, autism, Reyes Syndrome, meningitis, spina bifida, diabetes, cancer and other conditions. The Commission on Children & Youth has focused recent attention on several important national programs, including the Children's Miracle Network, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Special Olympics, youth suicide prevention, Halloween safety, Family Support Network and Temporary Financial Assistance for families of the deployed, and Operation: Military Kids, among others. The American Legion has been a staunch supporter of the children and youth of our nation since its founding in 1919. The commitment continues today for the National Commission on Children & Youth, as it seeks to improve the well-being of all children. Every generation of veterans knows that the key to the future of a free and prosperous country is held by the children and youth of today. The Legion strongly supports traditional family values, assistance for at-risk children, and activities that promote their healthy and wholesome development. While there is no way of knowing what issues will face our youth tomorrow, our survival may well depend on the quality of care, education and training that we, as parents and citizens, provide for young people today.

The American Legion’s Children & Youth pillar includes positions on:

 

Child Pornography

Catastrophic Illness

Intellectual Disabilities

Immunization for Needy Children

Family Integrity

Media Violence

Drug Abuse

Child Sexual Exploitation

Family Support Network

Temporary Financial Assistance

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Child Welfare Foundation

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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AMERICAN LEGION

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Oxford

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes