The American Legion

Why Join the American Legion?

Do you remember when your unit was under fire? You were scared. You didn't know whether you would ever get home again, see your family, your loved ones. And the only thing that you could count on in that instant was your buddy. And you knew he was counting on you too.

Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who never saw combat. Do you remember the boredom? Do you remember the interminable hurry up and wait? Do you remember the inane make-work projects you were ordered to do? But your buddy was always there alongside you, making the wise-crack, helping you make it through each day, maybe even covering for you on occasion.

Do you still need your buddy?

Your buddy still needs you!

Maybe your buddy is in one of the VA hospitals; his war wounds and/or time have taken its toll on his body. Maybe he or she is a young veteran, just discharged from service in Iraq or Afghanistan and is having difficulty finding a civilian job. Maybe your buddy is just an ordinary guy or gal like yourself, wanting to share stories and comradeship with someone who was in a similar situation.

The American Legion is the place for you to help your buddy and for your buddy to help you. Founded in 1919, it is the largest veterans organization in the United States with almost 3 million members.

Post 16

Post 16 was one of the charter posts of the American Legion. It was the first Post formed in Lake County, Indiana. We are a group of men and women who perform service for the community, our state, and our nation.

We memorialize our comrades on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. We sponsor high school boys and girls to Boy's State and Girl's State (through the Ladies Auxiliary unit) where they learn to be better citizens and future leaders. We are active in the Oratorical and Flag Education programs for school children. We share our experiences and we have fun.

Finally, one last note: We don't care if you have two "x" chromosomes; we don't care what the pigment of your skin is; we don't care if you served sixty years ago, or six months ago. We do care about you; we do want you!

We need you!