The deep-rooted interest of The American Legion in the security of the nation was born in the hearts and minds of its founders of World War I. The bitter experience of seeing comrades wounded and killed through lack of proper training instilled in these veterans the determination to fight for an adequate defense establishment capable of protecting the sovereignty of the United States.
Today this same philosophy endures. With the evolution of space technology and scientific advancement of both conventional and nuclear weapons, the American Legion continues to support an adequate arsenal and a properly trained and ready fighting force as prime deterrents to aggressors.
The American Legion also supports ROTC and law and order programs. Through its awards program The American Legion recognizes outstanding ROTC cadets at both the high school and college levels.
Believing that a strong emergency management program is needed to protect this nation’s citizens, The American Legion supports a defense civil preparedness program that would prepare the civilian population to function efficiently in times of national emergency.
As an adjunct to this effort, The American Legion’s Blood Donor Program provides a vital community service, no only in meeting the blood requirements of the community, but also as a ready reserve to serve the nation should the need arise.