*The Legion annually honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at
the national convention. The winner of the competition receives a $10,000
scholarship, and the three runners-up are each awarded $2,500 scholarships.
*The Child Welfare Foundation accepts funding proposals from
nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children. Grants are only given to
entities that help U.S. children in a large geographic area; they are not
awarded for day-to-day operating expenses or special operating expenses. During
CWF’s annual board of directors meeting in Indianapolis on Oct. 10, The American
Legion Child Welfare Foundation awarded $666,670 to 21 nonprofit
*Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to
honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include
males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and
were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary
and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined
membership of nearly 4.2 million.
*Heroes to Hometowns" is a transition program for severely injured
service members returning home from OEF/OIF. "Heroes to Hometowns"
establishes a support network and coordinates resources for those
servicemembers. Last year The American Legion's Heroes to Hometowns Program
assisted over 1,100 veterans.