Sons of The American Legion is wrapping up a big year. On pace to exceed a record high in membership, eclipsing the 2016 mark of 367,678, the program for male descendants of American Legion-eligible wartime veterans recently released its accomplishments through August 2017, including:
- $2.1 million in fundraising and 269,475 volunteer hours in support of American Legion Children & Youth programs.
- 407,971 VA volunteer hours, including 27,225 visits to facilities, and $1.7 million in cash donations and gifts.
- 20,103 volunteer hours and $64,691 in support of The American Legion’s Family Support Network, to help wartime military families with children at home keep up with household details.
- $594,414 in contributions and 71,565 in volunteer hours to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (CWF), making SAL the largest single contributor to the CWF.
- 14,315 color guard appearances.
- 152 American Legion Baseball team sponsorships.
- 44,038 U.S. flag presentations and 2,202 flag education programs conducted.
- 13,938 flag retirement ceremonies.
- 528,414 flags placed at veterans cemeteries and handed out at parades.
- Sponsorship of 1,018 American Legion Boys State participants.
Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion works in support of American Legion programs and services through 55 state and foreign detachments that represent 6,148 squadrons.