Motto"For God and Country"
Established: March 16, 1919; 97 years ago (1919-03-16)
Founder: Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
Type: Veterans' organization
Tax ID no.35-0144250
Legal status: Federally chartered corporation
Headquarters: 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, Indiana
Region served: Worldwide
Board of directors: National Executive Committee
Publication: The American Legion
Subsidiaries: American Legion Auxiliary,
Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders
Secessions: 40 and 8
Affiliations: Patriot Guard Riders.
MissionThe 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
HistoryThe American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.
Who We Are
A World War I veteran, a long-time veteran rights advocate, and a District Official in the American Legion, Mr. Emanuel L. Young distinguished himself through patriotic service on behalf of all military service men and women for God and Country.
Emanuel L. Young was a native of Quarry, Texas, a small township near historic "Washington-on-the-Brazos," birthplace of the Republic of Texas. He was born on September 9, 1895 the fifth child born to Henry J. and Mattie B. Young whose parents had been early settlers in Washington county. Emanuel grew up at Somerville, Texas in nearby Burleson County where his family moved when he was six years old. Emanuel attended Somerville public school and completed the ninth grade which was the limit of the curriculum under the old duel public school system in that rural community. He later took civil service courses at the Franklin Institute to further his education.
During the height of World War I, Mr. Young enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and was honorably discharged at the end of the war. Around 1925 Mr. Young moved to Fort Worth, Texas and was active in community affairs, civil, charitable and political efforts on Fort Worth's near south side community.
Since his military career in the first world war, Mr. Young dedicated his life to veteran's organizations. He was a life member of the American Legion and help to organize the J.E. Amstead Post 838. He later became District Adjutant and District Commander and organized three other post in the Central Texas District. The posts were No. 918 and 921 in Forth Worth, Texas and No. 954 in Waco, Texas. Mr. Young went beyond the call of duty in his roll as "Advocate" for benefits for the military veteran's, their dependents and survivors. He assisted in health education and welfare benefits throughout his career. The Buddies and Auxiliary of the American Legion J.E. Armstead Post 838 honored Mr. Young by changing Post 838's name to Emanuel L. Young Post 838.
We have continued promoting education, scholarship and service to our veterans and citizens. We are beacon of light and hope to the community in which we serve.
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