What does the American Legion Do?

U.S. wartime veterans serving their fellow veterans, supporting our nation’s troops, mentoring young people, volunteering in communities and promoting patriotism throughout the United States and beyond: This is The American Legion.
Here in Seymour we sponsor American Legion Baseball, Americanism and Government Scholarship Programs, Badger Boys State, Cub and Boy Scouts, County Youth Government, Oratorical Scholarship Program and have a Sons of American Legion Chapter. We award 7 High School Scholarships; support USO of Wisconsin, the Seymour K-9 Program, Camp American Legion, The Salvation Army food program, St. Vincent dePaul food program, Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as American Legion programs.
American Legion members contribute significantly to their individual communities. Members give many thousands of pints of blood each year and much is donated by way of scholarships, community projects, emergency aid and youth activities.
TO THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR NATION, The American Legion promotes a decent quality of life, an adequately funded Department of Defense, fair military retirement benefits, free discharge review services and, at the local level, home-front support for the men and women in harm’s way. As leading ambassadors of AMERICANISM, The American Legion provides U.S. Flag education, leads patriotic ceremonies and services, and promotes legal citizenship and naturalization and more.
In addition to the two million wartime veterans who are members of The American, the American Legion Family also consists of The American Legion Auxiliary with nearly one million members and Sons of The American Legion, male descendants of U.S. wartime veterans, who number more than 360,000.
The American Legion works through nearly 13,500 local posts around the world. Each U.S. state has an American Legion department and local posts within it.
The American Legion was founded in March 1919 in Paris, France, by a group of U.S. World War I veterans still occupying Europe. They were deeply concerned about the welfare of their fellow veterans returning home, and their families. Often, World War I veterans resumed civilian lives dramatically changed: severely wounded, gassed or suffering from what was then known as “shell shock.” The American Legion’s founders established enduring priorities to help those veterans and their families and, along the way, strengthen communities everywhere.
The American Legion’s founding generation made its most significant contribution to the nation in 1943 and 1944. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – which has been described as the most significant social legislation of the 20th century – was developed, drafted and brought to passage by The American Legion. College benefits, business assistance, low-interest home loans and improved VA health-care services were among the many ways the GI Bill changed America.
American Legion posts work closely with schools, businesses, civic organizations and local governments to ensure that the values of those who served in uniform are shared and understood by their friends and neighbors.
American Legion honor guards officiate at veteran funeral services each year. All flags that fly over U.S. military graves in foreign countries are provided free of charge by The American Legion.
Legacy and vision. That is the motto of The American Legion’s coming 100th anniversary celebration. The military men and women who formed The American Legion in 1919 resolved to serve one another and their communities, states and nation without regard for personal gain. Such was the vision of what would become the nation’s largest veterans organization, one that has outlasted thousands of other associations and businesses, and continues to make differences everywhere.
You can learn more about The American Legion at www.legion.org, or on Facebook and Twitter.
American Legion Krause-Kraft-Mueller Post 106, Seymour meets on the Fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are held at the Legion Post home located at 322 West Pearl St., Seymour. Stop by to become a part of this organization. Specific membership dates and other important information can be found on https://centennial.legion.org/wisconsin/post106.