SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In recognition of the centennial anniversary of the nation’s largest wartime Veterans service organization, US Marine Corps Veteran and state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego,  recently introduced legislation honoring the legacy of the American Legion.”

“The American Legion has made great contributions to the welfare of military Veterans, their families and communities over the past 100 years,” said Kifowit. “As we celebrate the anniversary of its founding, my legislation honors Legionnaire’s service to Veterans and their families during times of need.”

The American Legion was founded in March 1919 by U.S. World War I military personnel stationed in Paris, France and now has more than two million members. Legion members donate more than 3.7 million hours of volunteer service annually, over 80,000 pints of blood to collection centers nationwide and over $4 million in college scholarships.

The Legion marks its centennial anniversary with a 15-month celebration that began with its national convention in August 2018 and culminates on Veterans Day 2019. Kifowit, a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, recently introduced House Resolution 310 congratulating the American Legion on the 100th anniversary of its founding.

“With over 700 local posts across Illinois, the American Legion has the ability to impact local Veterans and their families,” said Michael M. Carder, Commander of The American Legion Department of Illinois. “Veterans serving Veterans truly is our mission.”

“The men and women of the American Legion are making a difference in communities across the state, through fundraising, volunteering, youth programs, blood donations, family support and other ways,” said Kifowit. “Their continued devotion to service members and Veterans is truly commendable, and we wish them many more successful years of service and advocacy.”

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