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The American Legion Giving Back


T e American Legion By the Numbers Each year, T e American Legion delivers to Congress its Consolidated Post Report. Just over 60 percent


of Legion posts nationwide submit information for the report, so the numbers stated are conservative at best. Meanwhile, at National Headquarters, more than $1.6 million is distributed each year in the form of scholarships, grants and special assistance. Money donated to American Legion funds is used solely for the intended purposes of those funds, not for administration or promotion. From volunteer hours at hospitals to tuition dollars for the sons and daughters of those who made the ultimate sacrifi ce, T e American Legion has an unparalleled record of giving back at the national, department and local levels. Following are just a few examples:


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At the National Level:  In 2011, The American Legion issued 98 Samsung Scholar- ships, totaling $277,900 in aid.


 As members continue building principle toward a $20 million goal, The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund issued 23 scholarships worth a total of $49,975 to the children of U.S. military personnel who lost their lives on duty since 9/11.


 The top 54 contestants in the National Oratorical Contest received $138,000 in total scholarship money from the Legion in 2011.


 The Legion distributed $17,500 to four fi nalists, including $10,000 to the winner, of the Eagle Scout of the Year Award


 Sons of The American Legion awarded $5,000 in scholarship money for champions in the National Junior Shooting Sports program.


At the Post Level:


 The Temporary Financial Assistance Program provided $448,557.91 between Jan. 1 and Oct. 14, 2011, alone.


 The American Legion Boys Nation President and Vice President were awarded $2,000 in scholar- ships each, while the SAL awarded $1,000 each for the Boys Nation President Pro Tempore and the Secretary of the Senate.


 The American Legion issued $32,000 in scholarships to 35 Legion Baseball players.


 The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc., awarded $506,683 in grant money in 2011.


 Through the fi rst 10 months of 2011, the National Emer- gency Fund distributed over $175,000 in relief money, with more applications expected due to heavy rains and fl oods in the Northeast.


 American Legion post members performed 3,899,125 hours of community service, according to the Consolidated Post Report.


 American Legion Post Service Offi cers handled 159,187 veterans benefi ts cases, according to the CPR.


 Local Legion honor guards performed 109,475 funeral services for veterans and military personnel.


 Local American Legion posts helped 3,619 veterans fi nd jobs.


 Local Legion posts awarded 13,934 college scholarships, at a cost of $4,039,834, according to the CPR.


 The number of local Heroes to Hometowns coordinators who assist wounded warriors and newly discharged veterans climbed to 830 in 2011.


 Local posts raised $1,953,108 for VA facilities in their comm- unities, according to the CPR.


40 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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