“We’re very connected to this community. We help whenever there’s a need.”
“What The American Legion has done for the community, what it’s done for veterans – it gets me in my heart.”
“We don’t just sit behind a table and wait for them to come to us. We get up front and talk to them. Once you start talking, you bring in The American Legion and what we do – pretty soon you get them as a member.”
“It’s our duty to help our brothers and sisters heal from the physical and mental scars of war.”
“Thank you, American Legion, for the opportunity to go forward and help others, especially young people.”
“We do a lot of things for the community, and that really is the spark for us to go forward and continue serving.”
“I think that's what people like to hear – that we're still out there serving our country.”
“Involvement and growth – that’s what The American Legion is all about.”
“I am blessed here, ever since the first day. Everyone is really understanding, and I hope all Legions start heading that way. They are not just centered on themselves ... they are centered around the family.”
“It’s not 100 years and we’re done. It’s a continuation. We have a lot to be proud of.”
“(We want) veterans to understand that we’re open, we’re here for them, and if they need somewhere to come, this is almost like a safe house.”
“I enjoy sharing my legacy with my son and mentoring other children in the community. It’s important for the future of our organization.”
“We’ve got programs for everybody.”
“The Legion, Rotary and other organizations let you use your talent to help make lives better.”
“I like what the Legion stands for. I believe in all the programs we have.”
“Many folks join the Legion for the Riders ... and not just because they want to ride.”
“It’s like the American Legion motto, ‘Veterans helping veterans.’ That’s what we live for. That’s my goal.”
“We want to be a veterans service organization that takes care of our veterans, brings the message of what we are to veterans, and is a leader in our community.”
“We can help (veterans) and make a difference in their lives. Stuff like that is what keeps me in and keeps me going.”
“As veterans, we naturally feel the call to service and want to be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves.”
“Hearing positive responses from (Oratorical) participants shows that the programs we’re doing in The American Legion are benefiting the youth of our country.”
“I always want to let Legionnaires know what’s in The American Legion for them.”
“Legionnaires have heart. They do things that reach into the depths of their community and make life better not only for veterans, but for those who support them.”
“Younger veterans need to understand that the older generation won’t be here forever. We need to keep this going.”
“Every one of us is here because somebody gave their life. Yet we have never done anything to pay tribute to the families of those individuals.”
“If you’re going to ask people to join an organization, you’ve got to give them something to do.”
“It was about meeting as many needs of our returning veterans as we could. They deserve that.”
“You kind of have that void. You need something. The American Legion filled that void.”
“I felt like I had more to give, and with The American Legion, I found my golden ticket to do some more good in the world and the community where I live.”
“It’s an honor to be there when they are saying goodbye to their loved ones.”
“I want a place for other veterans to go where they can feel safe and know that there’s somebody there who went through what they did.”
“I think the experience here will benefit them no matter what career path they choose.”
“All of this effort to help veterans springs from the need to keep that promise to help each other out, and the Legion opened my eyes to a way I can do that.”
“If it deals with students and young people,the Legion is right there to help.”
"Veterans need a place to live."
“You can make time in your life to do anything that you want to do.”
“The people in The American Legion are generous. The people in The American Legion care about you.”
“Knowing that we're doing good is going to keep me (active in the Legion) forever. That's what it's all about.”
Painesville, Ohio Legionnaire Bob Mastronicola uses his role as Director of Veterans Education at Lake Erie College to help veterans successfully transition to civilian life.
Retired Lt. Col. Patricia Jackson Kelley, former Greater Los Angeles VA women veteran's coordinator and Jackie Robinson Post 252 member has a passion for assisting women veterans and a love for the members of The American Legion who have inspired her along the way.
“It’s so rewarding giving back to the community, to my fellow veterans and seeing the positive changes that we make in The American Legion.”
Coast Guard veteran Judi Beischel has been a part of The American Legion since birth.
Al Ford first went to an American Legion post while on a double date. He liked it and joined.
National Chaplain Daniel McClure talks about faith and service.
The commander of Post 121 in Bardstown, Ky., went to great lengths to solidify the bonds between his post and the local National Guard unit, 138 Charlie Battery.
“It’s the diversity (of The American Legion). It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, you’re a Republican, you’re independent, what your skin color is, what your religion is. They still work together for what they think is right for the organization.”
“The American Legion is made up of a very unique group of people – that’s your veterans. When you commit yourself to serve, you are giving up part of your life; you’re putting your country and your beliefs ahead of your personal being. That carries over to our veterans organizations. Our organization (is one of those) that once you walk into that club, it doesn’t make any difference if you’re the president of some organization, a CEO or someone who pushes the broom around. It doesn’t make any difference – you are all veterans.”
“The reason I became an American Legion member is because they support and promote the education of veterans (who) want to continue to go to school. The American Legion will do whatever it can to support veterans.”
“The Legion is only as strong as the people involved in it. I’ve never met anyone in the Legion who doesn’t have the best interest of the veteran in mind. The American Legion does more to help our nation’s veterans than any organization that I can think of.”
“There is help within this organization, and there is strength in numbers. Let’s look at the future, and we will make a difference for the next generation of veterans.”
“The Legion is our opportunity to maintain that presence in the community to remind everyone of who served before and those who serve today. It’s a way to bring us all together in a shared experience.”
“The American Legion is a great patriotic organization. Not only do (Legionnaires) care about veterans, but they care about their families, and that is important to me.”
“I love the Legion. I believe in the mission of the organization and what it does for veterans. Why not be a part of that?”
I Am the American Legion - Paul E. Galanti