Showing posts with label youth programs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label youth programs. Show all posts

Thursday, January 5, 2012


The American Legion:
By the numbers
The American Legion - September 6, 2011

New Mexico American Legion Riders brought items purchased
through Operation Comfort Warriors to wounded warriors – 
just one of dozens of ways Legionnaires are making an impact
across the country. U.S. Army photo

Approximately 60 percent of American Legion posts submit annual reports to National Headquarters quantifying local activities that support the organization's mission and values. Across the country and beyond, the Legion helps hundreds of thousands of veterans, military families, schools and young people. The report presents that involvement in terms of dollars raised, volunteer hours put in, events coordinated and people affected.

A snapshot of that activity appears in the 2011 Consolidated Post Report, recently summarized by the Legion's Internal Affairs Division. "Every year, this report shows just how important The American Legion family is to local communities," immediate Past American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said. "Even with only 60 percent of posts reporting, it's a very impressive set of numbers."

American Legion posts are encouraged to submit their Consolidated Post Reports online using Paper report forms are mailed annually to departments' headquarters and distributed to local posts for completion.

 Highlights of the 2011 American Legion Consolidated Post Report include: 

• 3,899,125: Hours of community service performed by post members

• $4,249,713: Money spent performing community service by American Legion posts

• 159,187: Number of veterans benefits cases handled by American Legion post service officers

• $2,319,797: Money spent by posts providing emergency aid in their communities

• 968,233: Volunteer hours Legionnaires spent providing emergency aid

• $208,486: Money raised locally for the National Emergency Fund, which provides cash grants to veteran and military families who have suffered hardship due to a natural disaster

• $1,953,108: Dollars raised by local posts for VA hospitals

• 34,621: Number of Legionnaires who are registered in VA Volunteer Services

• 830: Number of local Heroes to Hometowns coordinators, who assist wounded warriors and newly discharged veterans as they adjust to civilian life

• 3,619: Number of veterans placed in jobs with help from the Legion

• 811: Number of veteran job fairs with local post involvement

• 80,097: Number of pints of blood donated by 45,457 Legionnaires

• 7,209: Number of ROTC medals presented by Legionnaires

• 21,074: Number of school medals presented to students by local posts

• 109,475: Number of funeral honors provided by local Legion posts for veterans and military personnel 

• 16,105: Number of American Legion Boys State participants sponsored by Legion posts at a cost of $3,059,628

• $1,037,926: Local donations to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, to help the children of military personnel killed on duty after 9/11

• 314: Number of citizenship and naturalization activities conducted by local Legion posts nationwide

• 2,058: Number of local posts with websites

• 2,786: Number of local posts with publications

• 47,508: Number of youths participating in Legion-sponsored Scouting units at a cost of $1,833,442

• 3,599: Number of competitors participating in local American Legion Oratorical contests

• 13,934: Number of college scholarships granted by local American Legion posts at a cost of 

• 875: Number of posts that have Vets in the Classroom programs

• 39,048: Number of U.S. flag presentations by Legion posts

• 1,464: Number of local Legion events to recognize the anniversary of 9/11

• 4,401: Number of posts with local Flag Day activities

• 6,899: Number of posts with local Veterans Day activities

• 7,317: Number of posts with local Memorial Day activities

• 1,506: Number of posts with local Get Out the Vote programs to encourage registration and participation in the electoral process

• 2,272: Number of American Legion Baseball teams sponsored at a cost of $5,989,272.

• 6,943: Number of participants in post-sponsored Junior Shooting Sports clubs at a cost of $245,030

• 719: Number of posts with Family Support Network programs, which help military families during the deployment of a parent

• $211,946: Money donated locally for the Family Support Network

• $288,949: Money donated locally for the Legion's Temporary Financial Assistance program, which helps military and veteran families with minor children at home

• $202,486: Money donated by local posts to help children's hospitals

• 8,334: Number of American Legion posts submitting Consolidated Post Reports in 2011

• 13,807: Number of American Legion posts worldwide

 EDITOR'S NOTE: This is with ONLY 60% of Posts reporting! What would it be with 75% or 80% or more reporting??? Did your Post send its report last year? Why not? It is the Post Commander's responsibility to see that this is done EVERY year!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

NASC Delegates

NASC delegates learn about the Legion
By Cameran Erny - June 30, 2010

James V. Carroll

From June 26-29, nearly 1,000 middle- and high-school student council members from around the nation convened in Indianapolis for the 2010 National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Convention. On June 27, the students visited the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Campus Center to learn about The American Legion's numerous youth programs.

Originally, the delegates were to visit the outdoor American Legion Mall, which is located next to National Headquarters, to speak with Legion staff. However, due to high humidity and possible thunderstorms, the venue changed to a meeting room located in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Students piled into the meeting room to listen to a 15-minute overview of the Legion and its youth programs from Bill Pease, the Legion's Fundraising Division director and former Americanism/Children & Youth Division director. During the presentation, Pease asked students to raise their hand if they currently are or have been involved with the organization's youth programs. Numerous hands rose for Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls State, Boys Nation, Legion Baseball and the Oratorical Contest.

"I played American Legion Baseball for the D'iberville Warriors and loved it," said Leonard Bentz from Biloxi, Miss. "I will probably play again next year since this summer I got held back due to the oil spill. My father and I are driving our boat in the Back Bay looking for oil and wildlife. We report any oil and animals that we find, and then vessels rescue, clean and relocate the animals."

Throughout the meeting room, tables were set up that housed pamphlets on the Legion's youth programs, as well as material on flag etiquette and the organization's "Get Out the Vote" program. American Legion Children & Youth Division staff, along with local Legionnaires, manned the tables and spoke about the multiple programs with NASC delegates and answered questions the students had. After hearing about the Legion's opportunities, many delegates plan to participate in the programs of interest.

"I'm looking forward to getting home and applying for a few of the Legion's available scholarships, and maybe Girls State, because both programs seem great and like a good fit for me," said Amy Haskell from Westboro, Mass.

Overall, the meeting room was filled with energy and bright attire, as each student represented their state by wearing a colorful T-shirt with a witty slogan. For example, students from Boston wore green shirts that read "Kiss Me I'm Boston," while Nevada students wore blue shirts that read "Eat, Sleep, Student Council." Moreover, some students added accessories to their already flashy attire - students from New Orleans wore blue cowboy hats with yellow feathers attached that read "Saints Fever," and Oklahoma students wore red bandanas with the state name written across the front in white lettering.