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2012 By the Numbers

New Consolidated Post Report shows the many ways Legionnaires are making differences in their communities and beyond.

American Legion posts around the world gave millions of hours, raised millions of dollars and influenced millions of lives in 2011 and 2012. The newest American Legion Consolidated Post Report, released in August, attaches numbers to the Legion's acts of advocacy and outreach.

The number of posts reporting their performance jumped by 485 this year, which means a little over 60 percent of American Legion posts collect data and submit the reports. "It is nice to see an increase in the number of reports compared to the previous year, but we can do better than that," American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz said. "If even 10 percent more of our posts submitted reports, we would make it clearer to veterans, communities and the federal government the important role The American Legion fulfills across the land. It would be great if every post submitted their CPRs."

In addition to traditional paper reporting, posts can fill out and submit their forms online through, the members-only area of the national website.

Here is a snapshot of activities performed by American Legion posts, according to the 2011-2012 American Legion Consolidated Post Report:

Number of American Legion posts submitting Consolidated Post Reports in 2012
Number of American Legion posts worldwide

Money spent on Support Our Troops efforts
Volunteer hours logged for Support Our Troops efforts
Money spent by posts providing emergency aid in their communities
Hours of community service logged by American Legion posts
Money spent performing community service by American Legion posts
Number of veterans benefits cases handled by American Legion post service officers
Number of Legionnaires who are registered in VA Volunteer Services
Number of local Heroes to Hometowns coordinators, who assist wounded warriors and newly discharged veterans as they adjust to civilian life

Number of posts participating in veteran career fairs
Number of veterans placed in job-training programs with help from the Legion
Number of veterans placed in jobs with help from the Legion

Number of blood donors who gave through American Legion posts
Number of pints of blood donated through American Legion posts

Number of school medals presented to students by local posts
Number of ROTC medals presented

Number of local posts with publications
Number of local posts with websites


Number of college scholarships granted by local American Legion posts at a cost of $3,782,638
Number of participants in post-sponsored Junior Shooting Sports clubs at a cost of $267,593
Number of American Legion Baseball teams sponsored at a cost of $5,925,258
Number of youths participating in Legion-sponsored Scouting units
Number of American Legion Boys State participants sponsored by Legion posts at a cost of $3,144,734
Number of competitors participating in local American Legion Oratorical contests at a cost of $269,119

Number of posts with local Legion Birthday events
Number of posts with local Four Chaplains ceremonies
Number of posts with local Memorial Day events
Number of posts with local Fourth of July events
Number of posts with local Flag Day events
Number of posts with lcoal Get Out the Vote events
Number of citizenship and naturalization activities conducted by local Legion posts nationwide

Number of Homeland Security/Disaster Relief programs conducted
Number of Fire Prevention Programs conducted
Number of Crime Prevention/Law and Order programs conducted
Number of posts that have Vets in the Classroom programs

Money donated by local posts to help children's hospitals
Money donated in support of Special Olympics
Money raised locally for the National Emergency Fund, which provides cash grants to veteran and military families who have suffered hardship due to a natural disaster
Local donations to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, to help the children of military personnel killed on duty after 9/11
Dollars raised by local posts for VA hospitals

Amount posts provided through the Temporary Financial Assistance program
Amount posts provided for the Family Support Network