THE AMERICAN LEGION
FAMILY AT A GLANCE

The American Legion

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919, it is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth; each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. Legionnaires (members) around the world volunteer millions of hours, raise millions of dollars to support our troops, provide outreach programs for homeless veterans, and sponsor youth programs such as Legion Baseball and Boy’s State.  The American Legion has great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislative process from local districts to Capitol Hill.  Membership is opened to honorably discharged veterans who served in the Armed Forces during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama and/or Lebanon conflicts, and the Persian Gulf War/War on Terror and service members currently in the U.S. military.  Program and membership information can be found at www.legion.org

American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Delaware

American Legion Auxiliary, established in 1919, is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Membership is open to female veterans and to the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters or great-granddaughters of American Legion members or deceased veterans who served in the Armed Forces during World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama and/or Lebanon conflicts, and the Persian Gulf War/War on Terror. Members across America are committed to enhancing the lives of veterans and their families at home and abroad, promoting patriotism, sponsoring youth programs such as Girl State and supporting The American Legion.   www.alaforveterans.org

Sons of the American Legion

Sons of The American Legion, founded in 1932, exist to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires;members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and are eligible for American Legion membership.  Their mission is to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion.  Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. www.legion.org/sons

American Legion Riders

American Legion Riders founded in 1993 brings together members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and The Son of the American Legion who share an enthusiasm for motorcycles.  Today American Legion Riders are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children’s hospitals, schools, veterans’ homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001 www.legion.org/riders