The  American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a  patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is  the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to  mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our  communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national  security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and  veterans.

Hundreds  of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation  one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s  most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about  the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation  Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their  families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support  that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also  raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national  levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to  provide college scholarship opportunities.

The  American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with  great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in  the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill.  Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives  an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind  the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by  resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The  American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership,  participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people  it serves and the communities in which it thrives.