Grassley on the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion
Nov 12, 2019
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
I come to the floor today to recognize the accomplishments of an organization that has done so much service to communities across the United States, and for veterans.
This month marks 100 year years since the American Legion received its charter from Congress and formally adopted its constitution.
When it was established in Paris in March of 1919, the American Legion stated its aims, in part, “to perpetuate the principles of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy for which we have fought.”
The accomplishments of the American Legion since that time are numerous and profound.
They include successfully lobbying for the creation of the Veterans Bureau, which would later become the VA.
The American Legion also conducted pioneering research into PTSD, and drafted the original GI Bill.
Its members complete over 3.7 million hours of community service each year.
As a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion, I am blessed to have had the American Legion make a meaningful impact in my life.
When I was a young man in Iowa, I was proud to participate in Boys State where I learned the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.
Iowans are fortunate to have the enduring presence of the American Legion in our communities.
This August, two Iowans were recognized nationally for their dedication to the American Legion.
Bruce Feuerbach of Keystone was elected National Vice Commander of the American Legion
And Nicole Clapp of Gladbrook we elected national president of the American Legion Axillary.
Many more accomplishments are sure to come from the American Legion’s Iowa Department.
I congratulate the American Legion on its 100th Year of Service and thank all members for their dedication to Iowa and to our nation.