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The American Legion Claims Coach is an organizational tool to help veterans, their families and service officers ease the process of VA benefits application. The app does not replace personal contact with service officers, but it can help veterans understand the often-complicated process, gather the right documentation for meetings and map out the steps in the journey from VA claims application through decision. The app does not automatically set appointments for the user, nor does it directly file forms with VA. The Claims Coach is designed purely to serve as an educational and organizational tool to streamline the process and make the most of a veteran’s time with his or her service officer.
This app was developed by The American Legion, the nation’s largest organization of wartime veterans, with input from the Legion’s nationwide network of accredited service officers, whose educational programs, outreach efforts and advocacy are supported by The American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission.
SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.
Although Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a separate entity. Rather, SAL is a program of The American Legion. Many Legionnaires hold dual membership in SAL.
The Sons organization is divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level. A squadron pairs with a local American Legion post; a squadron’s charter is contingent upon its parent post’s charter. However, squadrons can determine the extent of their services to the community, state and nation. They are permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet their needs, but must remember SAL’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Since 1988, SAL has raised more than $5 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. SAL members have volunteered over 250,000 hours at veterans hospitals and raised over $915,688 for VA hospitals and VA homes. The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.