Team 100: Why I joined and renew

“I wanted to join The American Legion to continue the legacy of being a fourth generation military family, all of us members in the same town and post, which is only one square mile in size. Our town is labeled ‘The Smallest Patriotic Town in America,’ and I wanted to live that motto and show my son, who is fifth generation in town, how to serve his country and town.” 
– Sara Kucharski, Post 262, Audubon, N.J.

“So why did I join The American Legion?  I do need that touch of servicemembers coming together. They needed me because the strong members of the post are well, getting older and need us younger vets to come in and protect them, in some ways. I need the Legion to fight and protect what I served for, the benefits and knowing that Americans do honor and love veterans.”
– Brett Humphrey, Post 462, Bryan, Texas

“The reason I joined The American Legion was to support veterans. I also enjoy being with fellow Legionnaires and attending the meetings and conventions and enjoy the fellowship. Legionnaires are my kind of people.”
– Ron Henthorn, Post 388, Midlothian, Texas

American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad wants to know your reasons of why you joined The American Legion. And, equally important, why you renew.
As part of his Team 100 campaign, the centennial commander is assembling the thoughts of American Legion members to use in promotional materials to increase membership. Emails to provide your reason for joining and renewing in the nation’s largest veterans service organization may be sent to
Ask your friends and fellow Legionnaires. Think of your own reasons. Most important, share with us as we remind everyone the importance of membership and retention.