PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA) was organized in 1920. Although originally it was established for Veterans of Polish descent, it is now open to all veterans with an honorable discharge. PLAV, USA received their Charter from the US Congress in 1984. It is a member of the elite 25 Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s) that organize and run the Veterans Day ceremonies in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery every November. PLAV, USA will host the event in 2016. PLAV maintains a Legislative Officer in Washington D.C. and has designated Representatives in many Veteran Administration (VA) hospital facilities throughout the country. PLAV, USA has supporting organizations in the Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the PLAV auxiliary.
PLAV Members come from various ethnic backgrounds. They are all American citizens committed to helping veterans, and families. They are dedicated to furthering our common American ideals.
Post #196 Mission Statement 2013
The Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) is dedicated to supporting the nation’s Veteran’s Administration (VA) Hospitals through service hours and donations. By logging service hours in support of our nation’s veterans, we provide real answers to the unique problems veterans face after leaving the Armed Forces. Through our financial contributions and gifts provided by members, we work to accomplish a goal of comfort and dignity that we believe all veterans are deserving of. We provide support to local youth oriented projects that are shaping our nation’s future leaders and soldiers by recognition, scholarships, and monetary rewards for sustained performance by students in high school ROTC programs. The Polish Legion welcomes all veterans to attend meetings and social events and encourages them to join our organization.