American Legion Riders




Founded in 1993 by Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas from Post 396, the ranks of the American Legion Riders have grown to 106,000 members. They are present in "over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries". There are some chapters that have taken it step further as well. Riders in Iowa created the honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and riders in Mulvane, Kansas started the Patriot Guard to protect military funerals from protesters.

The various chapters of the American Legion Riders are most well known for their fundraising efforts, some locally others spanning the nation. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children's hospitals, schools, veterans homes, wounded service members and scholarships. They also regularly escort military units returning home from combat tours overseas.