The American Legion was chartered in 1919 by Congress as a patriotic veterans organization. Today, there are more than two million members and 13,000 posts worldwide, including American Legion Post 398 on 132nd Street. Not only is this Harlem post known for connecting veterans with resources and benefits, it is also home to “one of the last authentic jazz venues in Harlem,” according to The New York Times. For the past 20 years, on Sunday nights starting at 6:00 pm, you can find a mix of veterans, musicians, and visitors grooving to jazz music featuring a Hammond B-3 organ. Learn more on the organization’s Facebook page.
Located on Columbia’s Morningside campus, but with far-reaching impact, the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration is taking the lessons it has learned enrolling more student-veterans than all other Ivy League schools combined to become a national center of excellence, focused on ensuring transitioning veterans receive access to world-class programming and support designed to maximize their potential in education and the workforce. You can learn more about the organization here.
Located in East Harlem, the Harlem Vet Center provides community-based counseling and a wide range of social and psychological services. This includes professional readjustment counseling for eligible veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. You can find more information about their services here.