The American Legion, founded in the period preceding World War 1 has been very instrumental in providing the care attention that war veterans desperately need. Started in 1919, The American Legion was founded by a magazine editor, Arthur Sullivant Hoffman, who was concerned about America’s inaction in the World War. With the help of the then eldest son of the United States President, Theodore Roosevelt. by 1917 the Legion had 23,000 members with up to 77 professions. It was then incorporated in 1917.
Not long after there was the need for a similar organization as many of the soldiers who had been on European duty were trapped in France with little possibility of going back home shortly. The troops were dissatisfied with their conditions and had started developing dissent for the US government. However, the United States government knew very well of the Bolshevik uprisings in Finland, Germany, Russia, and Hungary as a result of a similar. So as not to risk a similar revolution an organization was formed with the help Theodore Roosevelt Jr. compose of all the members of the AEF.
Today the American Legion is one of the biggest war veteran services in the United States with lots of veteran and military information available. It specializes in providing wartime veterans with the services that they desperately need. With the US involvement in the Middle East, the number of warfighters has increased substantially over the years. For instance, since the September 11 attacks, the number of military personnel in Iraq has grown tenfold. Our men and women go out into dangerous areas in the name of protecting the United States and stop worldwide terrorism, and the American Legion’s goal is to make sure those men and women are taken care of when they return from deployment.
After their service many war veterans upon coming back home find it hard to settle back in. A lot of them become unemployed and end up on the streets with no one to take care of them. Despite the government taking some consideration in the affairs of war veterans, their situation is not getting better as fast as it should. It is surprising that a country like the United States has not established a program to resettle their war heroes in their homeland.
The people that suffer the most are the war veterans who come back physically challenged. Without a program to take care of them. They are forced to live miserable lives even after serving their country and losing part of their body in defense of their country.
The American Legion has been instrumental in ensuring that these veterans are catered for when they come back from war. The American Legion offers programs that give war veterans and servicemen the chance to start life again after the war. The kind of community and mentorship offered at The American Legion provides the environment that one needs to build themselves into productive members of the society.
Athletic programs like the American Legion Baseball has been very successful in teaching young veterans the importance of citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness. Another program called ‘Operation Comfort Warriors’ provides wounded veterans with the medical care and treatment. The hospital they are housed in is designed to make the heroes feel a little bit like home. The American Legion will continue to do everything possible to rehabilitate our heroes.