The American Legion Family has been committed to serve, since 1919, as a non-profit veteran organization that is guided by rules and principles within our Constitution, by-laws and standing rules. We have volunteered millions of hours in serving those veterans and their families. This commitment starts at the grass roots level and expands all the way to Washington DC. Unfortunately, some people has gotten us mixed up with some sort of social club whose main agenda consists of socializing in a drunken fashion. No where in our constitution, bylaws or standing rules states such thing. God forbid! We, the American Legion Family, is proud to be the largest patriotic organization in the world and we are 100% veteran driven. Anything less is a disgrace to our hard work and dedication. Check out the YouTube video above.
Serving others can sometimes be misinterpreted as seeking recognition for oneself and in some cases that could possibly be true. However, there are some of us, that truly serve from the heart and exemplify our commitment to serve others and not self. Whenever you notice a true servant leader, they are not concerned with what you may think of them; most of the time they are only concerned with completing the assigned task that sits before them. Many times this can become a problem for some, particularly those who have no intentions of trying to help serve but only serve as an instigator, procrastinator, and trouble maker. What's equally sad, is that many of these people don't even realize that they are the problem. No offense, but it's not about you... it's about service!
Some has said that the American Legion Family is a 'DYING ORGANIZATION' and I refuse to believe this myth. Do we need more young people with innovative ideas and talent? Yes we do. We must keep the legacy moving forward. With that being said, there are a plethora of opportunities that is open to those that are eligible to become a member of the American Legion (https://www.legion.org/join), American Legion Auxiliary (https://www.alaforveterans.org/Join/), and the Sons of the American Legion (https://www.legion.org/sons). However, you must be willing to become a servant leader whose agenda is for God and Country, the United States of America.
Remember, it's not about you, it's about service.
Author: Sylvia Chess
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 service members and veterans.