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Harold Kerr Post # 173
Bellefontaine, Ohio

Home Post to of Jeff Kauffman, former Ohio American Legion Department  Commander

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America's Largest Supporter of Veterans

The  American Legion is the Nation's largest and most powerful organization of U.S. wartime veterans and their families. Today, it counts 2.3 million members who operate through more than 13, 000 posts across the United States and beyond.

Since its inception by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has delivered substantial improvements for veterans, families, and communities. The Legion ushered in the modern VA. The Legion drafted and drove home passage of the GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Legion has brought into existence dozens of health-care benefits for veterans and programs designed to provide civilian careers after discharge.

The Legion works every day on behalf of U.S. Servicemen and women. It is recognized as a leader in transition assistance from military to civilian life, providing resources for careers, education, child care and more.

The Legion is active every day. Examples include:

Veterans Affairs Volunteers

Millions of community service hours are logged by VA-trained volunteers, and more than $1.5 million is raised annually to assist VA Hospitals in local communities. 

American Legion Baseball

America's pastime is played out on fields each summer, providing healthy, wholesome activity for young people, some of whom go on to play Major League Baseball.

Charities:

The Legion's robust fundraising program collects donations and turns them into grants for disaster victims, sports adaptive therapy equipment for wounded service members and scholarships for children of military members who died since 9/11.

For those looking to make an impact in local communities, the American Legion has endless opportunities. The Legion's services can be classified under the organizations four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation: National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth. 

The Four Pillars

Pillar 1: Veterans

The American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation pillar is composed of programs, services, and advocacy efforts that can improve the lives of those who served, along with their families and dependents.

The Legion lobbies Congress for a well-funded, appropriately staffed VA that can handle benefits claims efficiently, quickly and accurately. Locally, Legion volunteers work one-on-one with veterans to help them navigate the complicated benefits application process.

In the Spring of 2014, news broke about Phoenix-area veterans dying while waiting for VA appointments. The floodgates soon opened, with other reports about veterans not receiving timely appointments or the benefits they earned at the VA clinics around the nation.

The American Legion led the National conversation calling for reform at the highest levels. The Legion began - and continues today - to host monthly Veterans Benefits Centers across the Country. At these centers, veterans receive one-on-one assistance with filing claims, setting appointments, receiving counseling and health screens, and more.

Accredited American Legion service officers work with VA staff and others at these clinics. Service Offficers are specially trained to provide expert assistance, free of charge, to veterans and their families. The majority of service officer work involves claims for VA disability benefits, but these compassionate professionals also provide information, referrals and resources on education, employment and business, death benefits, and other topics.

www.legion.org/serviceofficers


Employment and Business

The American Legion conducts, promotes and supports hundreds of veteran career events nationwide each year. Thousands of veterans land jobs because of these efforts. Meanwhile, the Legion helps placed hundreds of other veterans in job-training programs every year. Working veteran-to-veteran with the American Legion Small Business Task Force, along with the Small Business Administration, Department of Labor, VA, and corporate associates, the Legion helps veterans understand the federal contracting process and offers personal guidance for career-seeking veterans.

www.legion.org/careers

Veterans Education and the GI Bill

The American Legion was instrumental in the creation of the modern Post-9/11 GI Bill, providing veterans with education benefits that better meet today's needs. Following its passage, the Legion has continued to fight for even more improvements to the benefit, making it more helpful to National Guardsmen, reservist, and those pursuing online education.

www.legion.org/education

Combating The Claims Backlog

VA and The American Legion are working side by side to reverse a massive backlog of unresolved benefits claims. Through its Regional Office Action Review (ROAR) initiative, the Legion travels the nation to pin-point problems and identify best practices in VA claims management.

www. legion.org/veteransbenefits

Veterans Affairs Volunteer Services

Legionnaires collectively donate around 1 million hours of service a year at veterans health-care facilities, working through the VA Volunteer Services program. These volunteer hours save the federal government at least $18.5 million a year and connect Legionnaires with veteran patients and families.

www.legion.org/volunteers

Board of Veterans Appeals

For Veterans and families disputing benefits decisions by VA, The American Legion has staff representatives in Washington D.C., who can help with the appeals process or strengthen a case, free of charge to veterans.

Discharge Review

The American Legion offers free assistance to those applying to their service branches for corrections to military records and discharge statuses. Legion experts help veterans with claims for Combat Related Special Compensation and with procurement of accurate records.

Email: var@legion.org

Help For Homeless Veterans

At the local, state and national levels, The American Legion provides support for homeless veterans and programs. Legion posts throughout the country build shelters or provide financial and volunteer support. At the national level, the Legion works with VA to raise awareness and allocate funds to help reverse the problem.

www.legion.org.homeless

Final Respects

 The American Legion fulfills a sacred duty to honoring the memories of the U.S. Military veterans after their deaths. Legion honor guards salute their fallen comrades at funeral services throughout the country every day. Legion Riders provide motorcycle escorts and security at services for fallen troops and veterans. The Legion  also works closely with the National Cemetery Administration, Arlington National Cometary and the American Battle Monuments Commission to ensure their respect and honor are bestowed upon fallen service members. 

Pillar 2: National Security

The American Legion's positions on national defense, homeland security, border control and military support are all part of the long-held Legion Value that the key to peace and world stability is strong, well-resourced defense.

In order to protect America, troops, and their families must have support. The American Legion plays a vital role in supporting the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedoms.

American Legion post throughout the nation adopt military units, deliver care packages, provide emotional support for families of deployed service members and welcome the troops home.

Specific examples of their efforts include arranging transportation to reunite soldiers with their families for the Holidays and organizing fundraisers to buy phone cards for use in combat zones.

Such assistance doesn't end when services members return home.

At U.S. Military Installations across the country - including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Brooke Army Medical Center in  Texas, Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington - Legion staff members help troops work through the medical discharge process and provide representation before medical examination boards to reconcile disability ratings.

www.legion.org/family

Operation Comfort Warriors

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Military of Quality of Life

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Support for Tricare

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Disaster Preparedness

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Border Security & Immigration

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National Emergency Fund

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Blue Star Banners

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Blood Donor Program

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Foreign Relations

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Full Accounting of POW/MIA's

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History of the American Legion

History



Mission

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nations largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nations most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities. The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership. The American Legions success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Preamble to the Constitution


Preamble to the Constitution

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: 

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order; 

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; 

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; 

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; 

To make right the master of might; 

To promote peace and goodwill on earth; 

To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; 

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness


https://www.legion.org/documents/pdf/preambleinterpretation.pdf

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American Legion Harold Kerr Post # 173

120 Colton Ave, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311, United States

937-592-4891

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Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am

Sunday: 11am - 9pm


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