Programs

Buckeye Boys State

American Legion Buckeye Boys State is an 8-day, hands-on, mock Government program. The mission of The American Legion Buckeye Boys State is to provide an educational and leadership program that exposes young men to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities, and the love for God and Country necessary to being self-governing citizens. Through a practical, objective, nonpartisan approach, participants in the American Legion Buckeye Boys State program are exposed to fundamental democratic principles in local, county and state elections and governmental functions which prepare them for leadership roles as patriotic American citizens.

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American Legion Baseball

American Legion Baseball is the finest summer baseball program for high school students in Ohio and the nation today. American Legion Baseball serves as the largest source of talent to major league teams of any youth baseball program. In 2018, over 55% of all players on 30 major league team rosters played American Legion Baseball. For these past 94 years American Legion Baseball has strived to maintain the reputation as the highest regarded youth baseball program in the nation.

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Oratorical

The Oratorical Program is a function of the American Legions’ “Americanism Pillar”. The Oratorical Program is a constitutional speech contest for high school students. The contest has a prepared oration and an assigned topic which is assigned the day of the contest. The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the department contest must be used in the national contest. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

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Americanism and Government Test Program

Created in 1936, Americanism and Government Test program is a joint venture and partnership with the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, which is a cosponsor of the program. The A and G Test is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12 and is a fifty (50) question test comprised of True/False, multiple choice, and fill-in the blank. The Award from the Ohio American Legion for 18 State winners is a five (5) day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. with the highlight of the trip being a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, which has been a tradition since 1936.

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Department Scholarships

The American Legion Department of Ohio Scholarship was established in 1971 to assist deserving high school students and veterans attending institutions of higher learning with the ever increasing costs of higher education. Any accredited institution of higher learning with a program of education or a vocational objective qualifies. In order to be eligiable, you must Be a Legionnaire in good standing OR be a direct descendant of a Legionnaire in good standing OR be a direct descendant of a deceased Legionnaire in good standing at the time of passing. If not a Legionnaire, must be a high school senior or military veteran eligible for Legion membership. Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher AND have an ACT of 25 or higher. Provide an accurately completed application along with all required documentation. If a high school senior, be attending college fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

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Child Welfare Foundation

The purpose of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is the contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of children and youth; to improve the lives of children and youth through funding projects or in other ways, including youth activities and programs sponsored by The American Legion.

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Gifts for Yanks Program

Established in 1952, The Gifts for Yanks Program provides a gift to every veteran receiving care in an Ohio Veteran Home or a VA Medical Facility located within the state of Ohio. The program offers a budget to the American Legion VA Voluntary Service Representative to support VAVS events and programs. Lastly, the program awards individual project grants to OVH and VA Medical Centers. Previous grants awarded include transportation grants (ex: Uber, Lyft, or bus vouchers) to assist veterans receiving care, veteran appreciation events, and outdoor wheelchair swing, and VA Food Banks. The annual budget for the program is $200,000.00. Every dollar donated to the program directly benefits our veterans receiving care at our Ohio Veterans Homes or VA Medical Centers. We ask that every Post pledge an amount to contribute in this membership year.

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Family Support Network Grant

The American Legion Department of Ohio offers a $500 FSN grant for temporary financial assistance to Legionnaires, members of the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Air National Guard, and families of deployed and activated service members who reside in the state of Ohio. The FSN grant is designated to help the qualified veteran in need to meet the cost of shelter and utilities. This grant is made possible by donations from our Post and individual members.

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The National Emergency Fund

Department Commander Roger Friend and Detachment Commander Bernie Kessler have both declared the NEF as their respective Commander’s Project. The NEF Fund provides direct financial assistance to American Legion Family members and proves who are recovering from a declared national disaster.

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