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Welcome to The American Legion, Department of France

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Celebrating over 90 Years of Service - The American Legion Since 1919  Short History

JUNE 15TH – 18TH 2017

2017 Department of France Convention Reservation Form




The American Legion

The American Legion is a wartime veteran's organization formed in Paris on March 16, 1919, by members of the American Expeditionary Forces. The veterans' organization is headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana, and also has offices in Washington, D.C... The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. It’s primary goal and commitment is mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers 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 nation’s 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 Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Visit the National website for daily Veteran News Updates and The American Legion on Facebook page. Register on the sites to actively participate discussing and debating Legion Issues.

The Department of France

The American Legion Department of France was chartered in 1920, and accept for six years during World War II has been in continues operation. The American Legion, Department of France is devoted to mutual helpfulnesss of veterans (both single and married) and their families, with 30 Posts throughout Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Thailand.

Please visit the Department of France Facebook page for more Department information.

If you know a veteran or veteran's family member who needs help, please have that person contact one of the following:

Department of France Commander John Shananhan at e-mail 

Department of France Adjutant Maxwell Rice at e-mail

Department of France Veteran's Service Officer Paul Claybough at e-mail 





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