Committees

Americanism
Purpose: To inspire patriotic and good citizenship through patriotic observances, patriotic and civic instruction in schools, Americanization of aliens, information on anti-American propaganda, youth activities such as Boys State, Scouts, Oratorical Contest, School Award Medals, baseball, flag etiquette, and other similar community services, as well as provide a listing of available scholarships through the “Need A Lift?” booklet.

Children and Youth
Purpose: To insure that any child of a veteran in need of care and protection shall receive proper and timely service and aid; to strengthen the family unit; extend support to sound organizations and facilities that provide services for children and youth; and to maintain a well-rounded program that meets the needs of the young people in their respective community.

Economic
Purpose: To serve and assist veterans in meeting and overcoming economic problems such as employment, veterans preference, housing, civil service appeals, employment and handicapped and older workers.

Finance
Purpose: To supervise the receiving, disbursement, and accounting of all post funds; to prepare annual budget recommendations for the post; to advise the post on all financial policies.

House
Purpose: To supervise the operation of physical facilities of a post such as a clubroom, American Legion center, meeting room, etc. Supervision includes administration, responsibility for equipment, hiring and direction of employees, as authorized by Post Executive Committee, and general rules applicable to the conduct of members while on the premises of the post.

Legislative
Purpose: To promote the official legislative mandates of The American Legion; disseminate monthly legislative updates; establish, maintain and promote proactive grassroots lobbying activities; and establish and maintain liaison with elected officials and their staff. All activities must be in compliance with Section 2,Ariticle II of the Constitution of The American Legion: “The American Legion shall be absolutely non-political and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.”

Membership & Post Activities
Purpose: To obtain, retain and increase the membership of the posst with specific responsibilities for renewals, enrollment of new members, transfers and reinstatements.

Public Relations
Purpose: To increase awareness among the veteran’s community and the community at large of The American Legion’s advocacy of Veterans issues, national security and foreign relations, Americanism, and children & youth. Your goal is to define The American Legion in the public eye by the values for which it stands. Your technique is two-fold: (1) Placing radio and television advertisements and public service
announcements produced b the National Public Relations Division where they can be seen and heard, and (2) Developing relationships with editors and journalists serving the post community so that they cover those programs supported by the organization’s founding pillars.

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
Purpose: To assist veterans in obtaining needed hospitalization, in the pursuance of claims and in obtaining other veteran’s rights and benefits, to visit comrades who are sick or disabled; to visit and comfort members of their families when sick or bereaved.

Security
Purpose: To organize the post membership in support of national or civilian defense projects in the community; to organize the post and to assist in organizing the community for readiness to meet any emergency.

Service
The Service Committee is a key component of every successful post. Its duties and operations are especially important during the period immediately following the termination of hostilities. The Service Officer may be the chair; however, the responsibilities of the committee go beyond the day-to-day functions of a good Service Officer in filing claims, securing hospitalization, etc. The Service Committee also is concerned with hobs, with veteran contact, with visits to ailing comrades, with on-the-job training, and with pensions. This committee should also be responsible for maintaining contact with any members of the armed forces from the community served by the post. With the nation’s defenses depending upon all-volunteer armed services, it becomes absolutely essential that the man or woman in uniform be assured of their community’s respect and support.

Graves Registration and Memorial Committee/Funeral Detail
Purpose: To record, mark and decorate graves of deceased veterans; to render service and comfort to bereaved families; to provide American Legion funeral services when requested.

The Sons of The American Legion
Purpose: To act as a supervisory committee for the Sons of The American Legion Squadron in connection with its organization, activities, recreational and educational programs.