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FOUR PILLARS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

 

I n 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its servicemembers, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels. It’s who we are and what we do.

 I. Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
 • VA Claims Backlog • Access to VA Health Care • Network of Service Officers • VA Vet Centers • Health-care Funding Formula • Veterans with Special Needs • Volunteering • Final Respects • Heroes to Hometowns • Careers for Veterans • Homelessness • GI Bill Benefits

 II. National Security
• Support for the Troops • Size of the Armed Forces • Quality of Life • Homeland Security • POW/MIAs • Operation Comfort Warriors

III. Americanism
• Flag Protection • Illegal Immigration • Voter Registration and Participation • Boy Scouts of America • The Pledge of Allegiance • Establishment-Clause Lawsuits • Legacy Run • Boys Nation • American Legion Baseball

IV. Children & Youth
• Child Pornography • Catastrophic Illness • Intellectual Disabilities • Immunization • Family Integrity • Media Violence • Drug Abuse • Child Sexual Exploitation • Family Support Network • Temporary Financial Assistance • Samsung Scholarship • Child Welfare Foundation