Why You Should Belong

Each year, American Legion department service officers help thousands of veterans receive VA benefits they earned through service to their country. The Legion conducts, promotes and supports hundreds of career fairs for veterans and transitioning servicemembers, bringing employers face to face with job hunters. Through Operation Comfort Warriors, the Legion raises funds to provide comfort items for U.S. troops recovering in military hospitals and transition units worldwide. Legion staff lobbies Congress for better quality of life for U.S. military personnel.

Through American Legion Baseball, nearly 100,000 young men get to experience teamwork and competition each year. The Legion provides more than $138,000 in scholarships through The National American Legion High School Oratorical Contest. And Legion Riders, through the annual Legacy Run, have raised more than $2 million for the Legacy Scholarship, helping ensure the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001, have a chance at a college education.

None of these facts may be news to active Legionnaires, but chances are most prospective members do not realize all The American Legion does for people of all ages at the local, state and national levels. Now, it’s much easier to share that information with those prospective members.

The Legion’s “Why You Should Belong” booklet, available for download here or by contacting your department headquarters, is a one-stop recruiting tool that provides information on dozens of Legion programs, as well as the impact of those programs. It’s a valuable asset for any Legionnaire on the recruiting trail.

7 Comments

  1. My husband and I are current members of the Elks in Newport Beach and my father served in the army during the Korea war, I have his DD214, can I join?
  2. My FATHER LIEUTENANT JOHN DAVIS FROST IV. US NAVY,CHIEF NAVIGATION OFFICER FOR ADMIRAL COOK"S FLEET IN THE PACIFIC...SAVED SS ROOSEVELT SS CORREGIDOR AND OTHER AIRCRAFT CARRIERS FROM KAMIKAZI..OFTEN NAVIGATING BY THE STARS WHEN JAPANESE JAMMED THE RADIOS..HE WAS A 4TH GENERATION CITADEL GRADUATE..ELECTED TO THE CITADEL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BURIED GILLESPIE EVERGREEN CEMETERY IN BREVARD, NC. CAN I,HIS NAME SAKE JACQUELINE DAVIS FROST-DAUGHTER...CAN I JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION IN A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP??? PLEASE ANSWER PROMPTLY - MY ADDRESS IS 301 EAST JOHN ST.#425 MATTHEWS, NC 28106. TEL 980 585 6016.I WILL PAY BY SECURED SITE CREDIT CARD BUT I PREFER CHECK BY MAIL. IT IS MEMORIAL DAY AND I HONOR MY FATHER,GRANDFATHER AND ALL AMERICAN VETERANS AND SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN . VERY TRULY YOURS, JACQUELINE DAVIS FROST
  3. I served in the Naval Air Reserve from 1971 to 1977, an d was honorably discharged. I served 4 months of active duty for training and have a DD214. Am I eligible to join?
  4. A couple questions : 1) we would like to join and our father was colonel in the Airforce. 2) we currently belong to the Elks in Newport Beach. Are we we eligible to join? Thank you, Tami
  5. I am looking for this form, to fill out to transfer my Membership from Post 0257 to the post in Grass Valley, but I can't find any gold star to click on to download it???
  6. Ron, Go to the Membership Information, when in there,click on the Gold Star Emblem just like you did to get into this part. There will be a choice for you to pick "Join" or "Transfer or Renew". Hope this helps you.
  7. DOB: 10/08/40 Branch: Navy Viet Nam era Phone: 1-704-799-0037 Out of Service: 1963
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