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The American Legion

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 servicemembers 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.

The Department of Oklahoma has a membership base of 18,679 for 2016-2017. We have 200 Posts across the state to serve veterans where they live. Our organization provides many services for veterans and sponsors children and youth activities all across the State. The following are just a few of the ways our members are "Still Serving America."

  • Veterans Rehabilitation Services - Service Officers at many of our Oklahoma posts, the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City and Muskogee, continue to assist veterans with VA claims and other needs of the family.

  • The Legion's Family Support Network - has helped numerous family members of reserve military personnel called to active duty with every day needs from simple household repairs to financial assistance.

  • TFA - Temporary Financial Assistance for veterans with minor children in the home.

  • Programs that we sponsor - Legion Baseball, Boys State, High School Oratorical Contest, Scouting sponsorship, Flag Education and Scholarship Education.

  • American Legion Riders (ALR) - Is another great post program that has been very positive for people who love motorcycles and the comaraderie that comes with a group of riders. The purpose of ALR is "To participate in parades and other ceremonies that are keeping with the aims and purposes of The American Legion."

Significant Dates in the History of The American Legion (PDF)