Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, and
the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family.
All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American
traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children,
caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching
the fundamentals of good citizenship.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time
veterans' organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service
organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members,men and women, in nearly
15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55
departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional
offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in
leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities and the
Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization
has a regular full-time staff of about 255 employees.
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) is a U.S.-headquartered patriotic service
organization for women interested in voluntary service. It is a non-profit
organization, affiliated with The American Legion (a veterans' service
organization). There are nearly one million Auxiliary members in 10,100
communities across the world.
The American Legion Auxiliary is an organization with dedicated, empowered women
across the world, who are devoted to America's veterans (current and past) and
children and youth, with the notion of inspiring Auxiliary members' communities.
The American Legion Auxiliary is responsible for programs such as: Girls State,
Girls Nation, Freedoms Foundation, educational scholarships and is a national
co-sponsor of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
The Sons of the American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within
The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of men of all ages whose parents or
grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for
membership in The American Legion. At all levels, Sons support The American Legion
in promoting a wide variety of programs. Sons assist their posts in other activities such as veterans programs,
Veterans Administration home and hospital volunteerism, youth projects, and fund
raising. In just the past ten years, Sons have raised more than a million
dollars for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. In 2004, S.A.L.
members volunteered over 211,150 hours in 2004 in Veterans Hospitals throughout
the country and raised over $1,454,000 that has gone directly to VA hospitals
and VA homes for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment,
and clothing for the patients.
S.A.L. volunteers work to establish local networks by having petitions available and handing out
informational material. They alert their communities to the importance of
respect for the flag and they encourage flag education programs in schools and
other local organizations.