The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.
In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its servicemembers, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Our organization’s positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels. It’s who we are and what we do.
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
The American Legion has acted as the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for U.S. military veterans. The Legion was instrumental in the creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930, and an ardent supporter of its elevation to cabinet status when it became the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989. The relationship between VA and The American Legion continues to evolve today.
Since its inception, The American Legion has steadfastly supported a strong national defense. The American Legion closely monitors issues that are most relevant to our nation’s vital security interests. We work closely with each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in an effort to stay well informed about issues that affect our troops and our military families. As such, The American Legion continues to make troop strength and military quality of life a top priority.
As an organization dedicated to God and country, with a membership of military veterans that takes deep pride in the U.S. Flag and all it means, The American Legion has always been a stalwart champion of patriotism, morality and citizenship. Upon the pillar of Americanism is The American Legion’s devotion to law and order, the raising of wholesome youth, respectful observance of patriotic holidays and remembrances, education and law-abiding citizenship.
Children & Youth
The American Legion’s Commission on Children & Youth is guided by three main objectives: to strengthen the family unit; to support quality organizations that provide services for children and youth; and to provide communities with well-rounded programs that meet the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs of young people. The commission works to provide hope for children who face home-life challenges and provides opportunities for young people to succeed.
Joe Dominguez Post 742 Officers
Top Row, Left to Right: Commander Larry Hernandez, Judge Advocate Bill Cortez, Service Officer Johnnie Griffitts, E Board Officer Bill Lanier, Adjutant Chindo Muro, Chaplain Richard Cortez
Bottom Row, Left to Right: 2nd Vice-Commander Tom Sherman, 3rd Vice-Commander Shimon Starfury, Finance Officer David Brambila, 1st Vice-Commander Adalberto Navarro, E Board Officer Fermin Martinez.
Not Pictured: Sergeant-at-Arms Fred Garcia, E Board Officer Ray Verduzco, Historian Don German
Serving for Over 7 Decades
The Joe Dominguez Post of the American Legion celebrated our 70th anniversary in Corona on May 13,2017 to mark the decades since Latino World War II veterans started their own post because they were excluded from others.
Some of our charter members became city leaders, including Onias “Ace” Acevedo, who became Corona’s first Hispanic councilman, and charter commander Reynaldo Aparicio, the Corona-Norco school district’s first Mexican-American teacher.
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