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  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

    Support Troops

    Operation Comfort Warrior

    Operation Comfort Warrior is dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. Patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards. Plus, the program provides larger items such as ping pong tables, entertainment centers, computers, kayaks and other recreational goods for use by wounded warriors in common areas. Unlike other charitable wounded warrior programs, one hundred percent of all donations to Operation Comfort Warrior go directly to purchasing items for the troops (as The American Legion takes care of administrative costs). Donate here.


    The American Legion is committed to achieving a full accounting of all POW/MIAs from the Gulf War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Korean War and World War II. This means returning living POWs, the repatriation of their remains, or finding convincing evidence why neither of these is possible. The American Legion supports the continued declassification of all POW/MIA information, the strengthening of joint commissions with Russia, North Korea and China, and adequate resourcing of investigative efforts and field operations to resolve POW/MIA issues. The American Legion has also worked continuously with both Congress and DoD to improve the policies and programs for the accountability of missing persons.

    Recognition Day: For years, The American Legion supported a National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is now recognized annually on the third Friday of September.

    POW/MIA Empty Chair: Resolution 288, adopted at the 67th American Legion National Convention, calls for designating a POW/MIA Empty Chair at all official meetings of The American Legion as a physical symbol of the thousands of American POW/MIAs still unaccounted for from all wars and conflicts involving the United States.

    Troop Support

    The American Legion provides troop support through various programs nationwide and believes there is no separating the warrior from the war. Those who put their lives on the line in defense of their country – and their fellow citizens – deserve America’s total support. List of programs.

    Heroes to Hometown

    “Heroes to Hometowns” is a transition program for severely injured service members returning home. “Heroes to Hometowns” establishes a support network and coordinates resources for those servicemembers.

    If you are a servicemember, veteran, or family member of a servicemember or veteran who has been severely injured, please fill out the Heroes to Hometowns assistance request form.

    “Heroes to Hometowns” can provide:
    • A Welcome-home celebration
    • Temporary Financial Assistance
    • Pro-bono financial planning
    • Housing assistance
    • Home and vehicle adaptation
    • Government claims assistance
    • Family support

    You may contact “Heroes to Hometowns” at:
    Americanism Division
    Office: (317) 630-1255