The July 2019 Membership Impact Report highlights the signing of the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act, also known as the LEGION Act; the number of VA cases prepared by national staff; new posts chartered and more.
In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed the LEGION Act July 30 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941. The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war. The LEGION Act also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
Also in July, American Legion national staff prepared 1,298 cases for VA hearings; three posts were chartered (Arkansas Post 2021, Colorado Post 1882 and Montana Post 140); 196 American Legion, Sons of The American Legion and Auxiliary members completed the Basic Training online leadership education module; and National Headquarters disbursed $131,855 in youth scholarships.
Click here to see the July Membership Impact Report.
For previous reports, go to www.legion.org/membership/impact.