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History of the American Legion and Post #107

Hoboken Post 107 was chartered in 1921 just four years after Congress authorized the establishment of the American Legion.

For nearly, 100 years Post 107 has served Hoboken and the surrounding community. Post 107 has continued to welcome Veterans from all the branches of our Armed Forces. Post 107 is one of the oldest, continuous operating Post in the state of New Jersey.

The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

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Our Mission

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 veteran’s 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 service members and veterans.

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

Veterans Today

U.S. veterans are brave, courageous men and women who have given their all. They have demonstrated the highest sense of duty to country, the greatest depths of patriotism and the immeasurable sense of selflessness so characteristic of those who have served. U.S. veterans are our neighbors, our friends, our family, our colleagues and so many of the nameless faces we see and interact with every day in our communities.

21.8 million veterans currently live in the United States. according to the Census Bureau. Ten percent of these veterans are women, and those who served in various conflicts are still with us today. In America, veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the War on Terror are among us at all times. In fact, 13 percent of the total American population – 24 percent of men and two percent of women – are veterans, according to Gallup polling.

Estimated Living U.S. Foreign War Veterans

  • World War II – 1.7 million
  • Korean War – 2.275 million
  • Vietnam War – 7.3 million
  • Gulf War (Desert Shield / Desert Storm) – 2.244 million
  • War on Terror (Afghanistan and Iraq) – 2.5 million

Hudson County, just like many American towns and metropolitan areas, has a clear representation of veterans among its resident population. They are hardworking citizens, contributing to the vitality and vibrancy of the places we call home. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans here number approximately 430,000 strong – with roughly 116,000 peacetime veterans and more than 300,000 wartime servicepersons.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Heaven, Hell or Hoboken: Building Homes for Heroes

An Investment with Priceless Potential

We are proposing a $1 million capital campaign towards the development of a major facility that will transform services and support to veterans in our community. This would represent the first such effort in our country by an American Legion post. These funds, in conjunction with public resources devoted to these aims, will carry forth our vision of what we know is possible – and necessary – in fulfilling our promise to those who have given so much.

Veteran Housing

The President and the Department of Veterans Affairs have publically advocated a “housing first” strategy in addressing the myriad needs of our vets. Providing safe, quality and affordable shelter – a place to call home – lends an infrastructure of connection, support and community, in addition to an overall sense of well-being, self-sufficiency and esteem. We seek to develop an apartment-style community for homeless veterans. We foresee working collaboratively with Hudson County in qualifying veterans for these residences and connecting them with available services through The American Legion and our network of community providers.

A New, Revitalized Hoboken Post 107

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the current Hoboken Post 107, like so many other structures in our community, experienced devastating damage. As an all-volunteer organization, The American Legion here has faced challenges in recovering fully and regaining the level of operation and support we strive to provide. Federal and County funds for the repairs and reconstruction of our existing site alone are inadequate for the full-scale facility and functionalities we envision.

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