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Direct Support for Veterans

  • American Legion representatives handled 8,496 disability claims appeals and achieved results favorable to the veteran in over 73 percent of those cases.
  • Accredited service officers trained at national American Legion Department Service Officer schools, conducted twice a year, provided assistance to tens of thousands of veterans nationwide.
  • No fewer than 314 National Emergency Fund grants, amounting to $345,300, were awarded to veterans and their families who suffered devastating losses caused by natural disasters during the year.
  • The American Legion filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a relaxation of deadline rigidity for veterans filing appeals of VA mental-health benefits decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the Legion, ruling that the 120-day filing deadline is an important procedural guideline but not so rigid as to be followed in all cases, especially those with mitigating circumstances such as post-traumatic stress.
  • The American Legion sponsored, hosted or participated in no fewer than 116 job fairs for veterans and their families throughout the country in 2011.
  • National American Legion Business Development Workshops to assist veteran entrepreneurs were conducted in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, N.Y., and twice in Washington in 2011.
  • The American Legion's Heroes to Hometowns program connected local Legionnaires with approximately 1,200 wounded warriors nationwide in order to deliver checks to help them through the holidays.