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What Does The American Legion Do?

The common misconception that we as the American Legion face is that we are all older vets who spend our time doing happy hours. That is not the case. Our American Legion 539 Post has the youngest commander across the United States at 30 years old and the youngest executive board member of any American Legion Post, Kyle Dearing (Service Officer), today. American Legion Post 539 is working tirelessly to thwart this stigma to drive our younger veterans to join our amazing organization in hopes to keep it thriving.

Advocacy in Washington and Advocacy in Raleigh

The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective, and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families, and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.

Free Subscription to The American Legion Magazine


Our nation’s leaders speak directly to citizens on the pages of The American Legion Magazine. The American Legion’s organizational goals are promoted using the words of talented writers, professional journalists, and world leaders.

Benefits Assistance


The American Legion offers expert advice, support, and representation for veterans and families seeking government benefits they are eligible to receive at the federal, state, and local levels.

Career Assistance


Hundreds of job fairs and career events every year, all across the map, are coordinated, sponsored, promoted, or produced by The American Legion. American Legion business workshops also help veterans and their families pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Comfort for the Recovering


Operation Comfort Warriors helps active-duty military personnel and newly discharged veterans recover and adjust to lifestyle changes.

Education Assistance


The American Legion conducts student-veteran roundtables, networks with Student Veterans of America as well as college campuses, and works with agencies to better apply military experience toward professional and vocational licenses and certification credits.

Family and Community Support


Cash grants and volunteer aid are among the ways The American Legion reaches out to families of military service members and veterans during times of financial difficulty, short-handedness at home, or natural disaster.

Financial Services


The American Legion and USAA, two organizations driven by the same values for nearly a century, are allied through a “preferred provider” relationship that connects Legionnaires with the best advice and service in banking, insurance, and personal finance.

Homeless Veteran Outreach


The American Legion offers hundreds of opportunities for homeless veterans across the country, including temporary housing, mentoring, and job training.

Honor and Remembrance


American Legion honor guards provide official services at thousands of veteran funerals around the world each year. The Legion is also a leader at every level in the establishment and maintenance of memorials and monuments that honor military sacrifice.

Member Discounts


The American Legion offers members and their families practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save many times the cost of annual membership dues.