At the state level, The American Legion is organized into "departments", which run annual civic training events for high school juniors called Boys State. Two members from each Boys State are selected for Boys Nation. The American Legion Auxiliary runs Girls State and Girls Nation. In addition to Boys State, The American Legion features numerous programs including American Legion Baseball, Scouting, Oratorical Contests, Junior Shooting Sports, Youth Alumni, Sons of The American Legion, The American Legion Riders, and Scholarships at every level of the organization.
Operation Comfort Warriors and Heroes to Hometowns, The American Legion’s two disabled troop support programs, have merged under the Operation Comfort Warriors banner making all troop-support efforts for wounded, injured or ill service members and service-connected veterans fall under the umbrella of OCW – a program that provides comfort items and recreational events to wounded warriors recovering in military medical facilities and warrior transition units. The consolidated OCW program will still work to give all of the aid it previously provided to wounded warriors, such as, electronics, sweatsuits, gift cards, exercise equipment and other popular items. Its services will be enhanced by what was previously provided under H2H – an outreach program that relies heavily on a national network of volunteers to assist service members and their families with the transition into civilian life. This included checking eligibility for temporary financial assistance, housing and family support. Whereas OCW previously focused on wounded warrior units, Heroes to Hometowns concentrated on helping individual troops with disabilities transition home.
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