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The Preeminent Voice for Veterans -- The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness.  It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion post worldwide.

The American Legion Department of South Carolina supports all Legion Posts in the Palmetto State.

Named for the burn pits of Iraq and Afghanistan where troops often gathered to talk, this site gives Legionnaires a forum to discuss important issues of the day.  The Burn Pit has three missions: to tell the stories of America's men and women on the front lines, to discuss the military ramifications of political decisions, and to provide help when our troops need it.

The National Emergency Fund has provided over $6,000,000 in direct financial assistance to Legion family members and posts.

For Veterans, in particular, stressful traumatic events may include working in combat zones where the service member needs to remain in a state of constant vigilance for extended periods of time, participating in peacekeeping missions, training accidents, military sexual assault, and medical emergencies. It should be remembered that PTS/PTSD stressors can be Non Combat related for example Military Sexual Trauma (MST). These events may cause the survivor to react with intense fear, hopelessness and horror.

Veterans and Mesothelioma - Select sites below to learn more

Veterans are at higher risk than the general US population because of the military’s extensive past use of asbestos for heat resistance, fire resistance, housing insulation and other common uses.  Veterans make up more than a third of all mesothelioma cases diagnosed, and veterans are qualified for special benefits from the Veterans Administration.

Operation Comfort Warriors is a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government.

Palmetto Boys State

The American Legion's Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.

While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.

Veterans and Addiction:  A Guide for 2019

PTSD among our Veterans

My name is Molly. Did you know that 20% of veterans have PTSD? This number is huge, and many veterans are suffering from PTSD but don't even realize that it IS post-tramatic stress disorder.  So we published a PTSD self-test for veterans:
  It's fast, confidential, and based on the PCL-5 test from the National Center for PTSD. 

Molly Miller
Public Relations Coordinator
Safe Harbor House