- a society, organized in 1919, composed of veterans of the armed forces of the U.S.
The largest organization of American veterans, open to those who participated in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and subsequent conflicts, such as America's war on terrorism. The American Legion has established an influential political position, gaining support in Congress and the federal executive branch for veterans' interests; its efforts contributed to the creation of the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides medical services and other benefits to veterans and their families. Traditionally conservative, the American Legion promotes patriotism and a strong military defense. (See also Veterans of Foreign Wars.)