Why Join the American Legion?
The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most powerful organization of U.S. wartime veterans and their families. Today, it counts 2.3 million members who operate through nearly 14,000 posts across the United States and beyond.
Since its inception by an act of Congress in 1919, The American Legion has delivered substantial improvements for veterans, families and communities. The Legion ushered in the modern VA. The Legion drafted and drove home passage of the GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Legion has brought into existence dozens of health-care benefits for veterans and programs designed to provide decent civilian careers after discharge.
The American Legion works every day on behalf of all U.S. servicemen and women. It is recognized as a national leader in transition assistance from military to civilian life, providing resources for careers, education opportunities, child care and more. For those looking to make an impact in local communities, The American Legion has endless opportunities.
These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy as a member of the American Legion:
Membership Eligibility Requirements
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
|Start Date||End Date||War Era|
|Apr 6, 1917||Nov 11, 1918||(World War I)|
|Dec 7, 1941||Dec 31, 1946||(World War II)|
|Jun 25, 1950||Jan 31,1955||(Korean War)|
|Feb 28, 1961||May 7, 1975||(Vietnam War)|
|Aug 24, 1982||Jul 31, 1984||(Lebanon / Grenada)|
|Dec 20, 1989||Jan 31, 1990||(Panama)|
|Aug 2, 1990||Today*||(Gulf War / War on Terrorism)|
* Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
U.S. Merchant Marines eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
You will need to provide a copy of your service record (typically a DD Form 214) for your qualifiying period of service.
If you need a copy of your DD-214, you can request it here!
Click here to complete an online application for membership in the American Legion.
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