The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
There are 6 Legion Areas in the Department of California with a Vice Commander for each area that is elected by the Legionnaires in the area they serve. There are a total of 30 Districts in California and each district elects their own leadership from the ranks of Legionnaires within their districts. The Department’s 6 Areas and 30 Districts together with the Department’s Officers, make up the Department of California’s Executive Committee and meets together three times a year to vote on the direction they are taking and administrative business that needs attending to. This obviously includes the ultimate oversight of the Ways and Means, the VA&R, and the VSO Program.
The Department of California’s headquarters is located in Sanger, CA. The VSO headquarters to include the office of the Department’s Service Officer (DSO) is also at this same location.