The Four Pillars of the American Legion

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens.

Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels. It’s who we are and what we do.

At the local level, Sidney American Legion Post 217 is are committed to these programs of the Four Pillars both directly and indirectly through fund raising, community service, volunteering, and other support efforts.

Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation

  • VA Claims Backlog
  • Access to VA Health Care
  • GI Bill Benefits
  • Network of Service Officers
  • VA Vet Centers
  • Health-Care Funding Formula
  • Veterans with Special Needs
  • Volunteering
  • Final Respects
  • Heroes to Hometowns
  • Careers for Veterans
  • Homelessness

National Security

  • Support for the Troops
  • Size of the Armed Forces
  • Quality of Life
  • Homeland Security
  • Operation Comfort Warriors


  • Flag Protection
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Voter Registration and Participation
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • The Pledge of Allegiance
  • Establishment-Clause Lawsuits
  • Legacy Run
  • Boys Nation
  • American Legion Baseball

Children & Youth

  • Child Pornography
  • Catastrophic Illness
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Immunization
  • Family Integrity
  • Media Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Family Support Network
  • Temporary Financial Assistance
  • Samsung Scholarship
  • Child Welfare Foundation