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.