The founders of the American Legion, having faced the enemy on foreign soil, had a tremendous appreciation for the America they left behind, the America that too many of their "comrades" died defending. They realized that exercising the responsibilities of citizenship and enhancing loyalty to America were key ingredients in preserving what they fought for.
Our forefathers laid the foundation for a civilization that is the envy of the world. It has brought us greater spiritual and material wealth than any people has ever known.This is our heritage, recognizing all of the inalienable rights of man and preparing each generation to carry on true American values through such programs as flag education, Boy Scouts of America, American Legion Baseball, American Legion Boys State/Boys Nation, and The American Legion Oratorical Contest.
Community and youth oriented programs of The American Legion further a strong sense of patriotism and loyalty.
American Legion Baseball
One of our country's best known and most respected youth athletic programs. American Legion Baseball has been the training ground for many Major League stars. Each year, 90,000 athletes experience the benefits of good sportsmanship and team play. For further info go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/legion-baseball/
Boys State/Boys Nation
American Legion posts select outstanding high school students for Boys State/Boys Nation every year. During the week long program participants receive instruction in citizenship and experience first-hand how their state and federal governments function. For further info go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/keystone-boys-state/
High School Oratorical Competitions
High school students vie for college scholarships awarded by The American Legion by demonstrating their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in public speaking contests at local, state and national levels. For further info, go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/oratorical/
Seventy thousand young people are served each year through more than 2,700 post-sponsored Boy Scouts of America units. Four recipients are selected annually for The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year college scholarship. For further info, go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/scouting/
Through this program, our youth are taught flag etiquette and appreciation for the flag of the United States.
Need a Lift? is The American Legion's annual publication for students on the "hows and wheres" of obtaining college financial aid. The booklet is distributed nationally to public and private high schools. In addition, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship helps students who are direct descendants of U.S. wartime veterans. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship assists the children of America's military, to include the Guard and Reserve, who have died on active duty since September 11, 2001. For further info, go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/scolarships/
Junior Shooting Sports
The American Legion recognizes that guns are a part of sports and recreation in our society and strives to teach youngsters the proper use of firearms before accidents occur. Many local posts sponsor Junior Shooting clubs, which provide training in gun safety and marksmanship for junior shooters through the use of air rifles. The American Legion hosts a national air rifle tournament that draws more than 1,400 contestants annually. For further info, go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/jr-shooting-sports/
State Police Youth Week
State Police Youth Week is sponsored by The American Legion Department of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania State Police.
Cadets participate in a wide variety of instructional sessions with Local, State Police and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. You will learn how to work as a team and be taught self-esteem, as you will be the future Leaders of our state and nation. There will be classes in Pennsylvania Vehicle and Crime Codes, forensic sciences, radar, riot control, tactical drug operation through the use of specially trained dogs, weapon firing, and other police related skills. Recreational activities will be scheduled as time permits. For further info, go to: http://www.pa-legion.com/programs/student-programs/state-police-youth-week/
CHILDREN & YOUTH
The American Legion has been a strong advocate for the children and youth of our nation since our founding in 1919. To date there exists no area of child welfare that has gone untouched by the collective hand of The American Legion.
Children's Miracle Network
The American Legion helps Children's Miracle Network raise critically needed funds for 170 children's hospitals, which treat 17 million children annually in the United States and Canada. These hospitals treat children with all types of afflictions and injuries, rendering service based on need, not on the ability to pay.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House Charities Pop Tab Collection Program, adopted by The American Legion, generates funds to help offset the costs associated with a family's stay while their child is receiving specialized treatment.
Family Support Network
In support of the War on Terrorism, National Guard and Reserve units have been activated in record numbers. Their families often find themselves unable to meet normal household obligations. The American Legion maintains a nationwide toll-free telephone number, 1-800-504-4098, for service personnel and their families to call for assistance, or they may Email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation: Military Kids
When Guard and Reserve parents are mobilized, their children suddenly have unique needs and lack the community support systems associated with active military installations. The American Legion, in cooperation with state and county Cooperative Extension offices, seeks to reach out to military youth before, during, and after their parents deploy to create a support network for these military kids.
Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA)
Through Temporary Financial Assistance, a post may call upon the National Headquarters for cash assistance to help meet the basic needs (shelter, food, utilities, medical) of veterans' children when the parents are unable to do so. Funds can be granted over a temporary period to eligible children when it has been determined that the child is in need and that sources are either unavailable, or inadequate.