The American Legion, more then likely you’ve probably heard the name, but what exactly is it and what does it do? It’s basically an organization that caters to Veterans and their families. Whether that means lobbying on behalf of Veterans to get certain bills passed through government. Bills such as The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed in 2003, enabled some disabled retired Veterans to be able to receive both retirement and disability if they had retired after having served a minimum of twenty years.
The year 2003 also brought about the “System Worth Saving” an act that quickens the process of getting veterans in to medical facilities, that were originally created for them, in a more timely manner.
Another way The American Legion serves fellow veterans is by using the donations it receives to help fund all kinds of programs. Just as if you were donating to “The Red Cross or St. Judes Hospital” your donations will be put to good use. Donating to the American Legion is an excellent way to show your support for past and present troops and to say Thank You to those who served.
The programs offered by The American legion include a scholarship fund that gives college scholarships to children of surviving family members of a deceased military serviceman or woman killed after or on 9/11 while serving active duty.
Other programs like “The American Legion Child Welfare foundation” are used to help sick children get medicine and medical care. It also helps to pay for medical transportation to a medical facility.
Still other programs like “The Family Support Network” let family members of military loved ones deployed request help through a free hotline phone service that will provide anything from housekeeping to child supervision.
The American Legion plays educator by way of “The Junior Shooting Sports Program.” The program teaches target shooting and gun safety to amateur young men and women. In 2005 “Boys Nation,” a yearly educational event the government uses to teach citizenship to educators, turned seventy.
For recreational fun young people can play ‘American Legion Baseball.” They first have to accept and follow the terms of “The American Legion Code of Sportsmanship. 2005 marked “American Legion Baseball’s” 80th season.
As war continues to beat on the door of America and send troops packing far from home into the trenches of unfamiliar soil The American Legion will stand steadfast in insuring the government will do its part in bringing soldiers back home. Therefore, America’s war prisoners and soldiers who have gone missing must be accounted for.
The American Legion provides many more programs and continues to serve Veterans; however, yearly membership dues might make some members a little upset. They are scheduled for an increase of $4.50 in 2007. $9.00 dues will now be $13.50. This will reflect the rise of inflation. Members who live on a fixed income may not be able to afford the jump in price. While other members might drop their membership simply because they feel its not worth it.
Employees of the American Legion will not be gaining a pay raise from this move. In fact, in recent years health insurance with reduced benefits and higher priced premiums are paid in part by employees.