What is The American Legion?
As a Legionnaire, you become a member of America’s largest and most powerful organization of U.S. wartime veterans – approximately 2 million members in more than 13,000 posts nationwide. In Michigan, there are approximately 75,000 Legionnaires in more than 360 posts.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
The American Legion is the leading organization on U.S. Flag etiquette, helping Veterans claims with the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, and we have over 20 programs for members to participate. Programs like Boys State, Youth Cadet Law Enforcement, Scouting, Junior Shooting, Post Service Officer, and many others.
If you are a Veteran who truly wants to help their fellow Veteran the American Legion is the organization to join. Michigan is home to over 350 American Legion Posts and over 75,000 members.
Benefits of being a member
Even if you do not have time to volunteer or participate, just being a member helps hundreds of Veterans and their families every year. Membership dues help the Department of Michigan employee over 20 accredited veteran service officers to help Veterans with their VA claims. The American Legion Department of Michigan brings over 100 million dollars in VA benefits directly to Veterans each year.
Our Boys State program teaches civic leadership, our Oratorical Contest teaches communication skills and about the U.S. Constitution, and our baseball program continues to bring in players who move on to the big leagues.
The American Legion's legislative initiatives in Lansing and Washington, D.C. help improving the benefits to our military and Veterans.
- DECEMBER 7, 1941 TO PRESENT
- APRIL 6, 1917 TO NOVEMBER 11, 1918 (WORLD WAR I)