Department of North Carolina


North Carolina Department Headquarters
4 North Blount Street
P. O. Box 26657
Raleigh, North Carolina 27611-6657
Phone 919-832-7506
Fax 919-832-6428






As reported at the fall meetings, The American Legion is launching a national awareness campaign to raise funds to help our organization assist veterans, their families, young people and communities. The first installment of that campaign will focus on the mental health needs of veterans, particularly those who are battling the signature wounds of today’s war era: PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI).



Commander Gaither M. Keener, Jr.
American Legion Department of North Carolina
Commander for 2014-15.

Gaither M. Keener, Jr., of American Legion Post 342 in Salisbury was elected State Commander of The American Legion Department of NC at ceremonies in Raleigh on June 12, 2014.

Commander Keener is a Marine Corps veteran, having been deployed with the USMC from 1969-71. Since then, he has developed his skills as a private and business attorney.

Commander Keener comes to the role after serving as the Department Judge Advocate. His full-time job as a the Chief Legal Officer for Lowe's Home Improvement refines legal skills that benefit the American Legion Department of NC.

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The National American Legion is proud to support Soldier's Wish, a non-profit fundraiser designed to honor and support veterans and active-duty military. A recent resolution passed by the National Executive Committee has improved American Legion's fundraising process for Soldier's Wish.

Legion members raising funds for Soldier's Wish should not send funds directly to Soldier's Wish. Instead, money raised should be sent to American Legion National Headquarters, where it will be deposited into a segregated account to be used to grant wishes when the American Legion is directly involved in the event.

Money raised for Soldier's Wish should be sent to:

PO BOX 1055



News Release: The American Legion Announces a New Alliance with Founding Fathers Brewing Company

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Founding Fathers Resolution


Top 15 Employers for Veterans
American Legion News Clip - April 23, 2014

The unemployment rate among veterans who have served on active duty since 2001 fell to 9% in 2013, according to data released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the jobless rate among all veterans dropped to 6.6%.

As hiring continues to pick up, many companies are eager to capitalize on the technical and managerial skills of those with military experience. To determine the top employers for veterans, Forbes worked with compensation information site to develop a ranking of companies that hire the most veterans for work in which military experience is highly relevant.

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Commemorating Vietnam
50th Anniversary Events

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New GI Bill Comparison Tool Available!!



DMV Applies the Veteran Designation to Driver Licenses and Identification Cards

Effective October 7, 2013, DMV began offering the opportunity for veterans to request a veteran designation to be placed on their driver licenses and identification cards. This service can be obtained at any driver license office throughout the State.



Important New Information from the IRS
Regarding Non-Profit Organizations

DD Form 214 is no longer absolutely required by the IRS.

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Make membership renewal EASY!

Select one of our newest options to help make renewing your American Legion Membership quicker, easier and more cost effective.




VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on
VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans

1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)  MORE INFORMATION HERE


What can you do to help Give Hope and Make a Miracle for a COTA child near you?
Click HERE and HERE for more information on COTA.


American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association

The American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association has launched a new Facebook page. This brand-new page is available for you to post stories about your local youth programs in action, offer suggestions, or network with others who are interested in, or are past participants in, American Legion youth programs: Boys State, Boys Nation, American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports, Boy Scouts, Junior ROTC, Oratorical Contests, Samsung Scholarships – or any other Legion-connected activity that enriches the lives of young people.  Learn more about the association at

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The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris, France, at the close of World War I. The organization now includes veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon/Grenada periods, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War On Terror.

The American Legion, since its founding, has endeavored to assist veterans, their widows and children, and their fellow citizens. The North Carolina American Legion, with over 40,000 paid members, are proud to carry on this tradition. We invite you to join us and help support Americas Veterans.

Are you a veteran or presently on active duty? Would you like to join The American Legion? Then here is where you can find out your eligibility status and apply for membership in the world's largest veteran's organization. Complete the application you'll find here.

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