The American Legion was founded at the end of WW!, and sanctioned by the Congress of the United States. The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most influential veterans service organization. An interesting fact about our longevity is that among the more than 13,500 American Legion posts operating today, some 5,400 were chartered in the first year of our existence. It’s hard to think of a more successful franchise. The key to such longevity is that our values, support for veterans, young people, the military and patriotism, are so timeless they have resonated with former military men and women from World War I to the Global War on Terrorism.