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The American Legion Family


American Legion Family Values T e American Legion could not accomplish its goals, or uphold the promises contained


within its four pillars of service, without the tireless and enthusiastic cooperation of the entire American Legion Family. T is includes the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of T e American Legion and American Legion Riders. T e Legion itself was founded in 1919, and two organizations soon spun off to help fulfi ll


our nation’s commitment to veterans and patriotic values. T e American Legion Auxiliary was created by the Legion nine decades ago to carry forward the phases of Legion activities more suitably (as went the thinking at the time) performed by women – including female relatives of Legion-eligible servicemembers and female servicemembers who might have been Legionnaires themselves. Prominent Auxiliary programs include Girls State and Girls Nation; distribution of veteran-made poppies as fundraisers; and junior-membership activities for young women. With more than 850,000 members, the Auxiliary is meeting the needs of veterans and keeping those needs front and center in the minds of the American public, always staying true to its mot o: “Service Not Self.” Sons of T e American Legion, created in 1932, is not a separate organization like the


Auxiliary, but is a Legion program of the Internal Affairs Commission. Open to male descendants of Legion-eligible servicemembers, many of today’s more than 340,000 Sons are themselves Legionnaires. T e SAL is heavily involved in volunteering at VA health-care facilities, raising money for T e American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, and supporting the Citizens Flag Alliance. American Legion Riders, also a program within the organization, is considered a Legion


Family member as well. Riders operate in chapters connected to posts, and may have Legionnaires, SAL members or Auxiliary members on their rosters.


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Contact  alahq@alaforveterans.orgsal@legion.orgsmiller@legion.org (Legion Riders)


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Links  www.alaforveterans.orgwww.sal.legion.org


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