Thinking about joining?
If you or a family member have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion* we invite you to become a member of the American Legion.
Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty 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 Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII)
"What are the eligibility dates for membership in The American Legion?"
Thanks to the LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act), Congress expanded the current eligibility period to cover Dec. 7, 1941, to the present, and includes the current war campaigns. Previously, there were seven declared war periods. Now there are two, the current war period dating back to World War II and another war era covering World War I. No other restrictions to American Legion membership changed.
"I'm eligible for The American Legion, but do not have a copy of my DD214 to show as proof of eligibility. How can I get one?"
You can go to archives.gov/veterans to request another copy of your discharge papers. A copy of orders putting you on federal active duty can be used as proof of eligibility as well.
"My National Guard unit was activated for crowd control under Title 32 orders during one of the qualifying periods. Am I eligible?"
No. Title 32 orders are issued under a governor's authority, whereas Title 10 orders are issued from the Secretary of Defense
*It’s possible that you may be able to join one of the other organizations in the “Legion Family.” The Sons of The American Legion (SAL) is comprised of male descendants, adopted sons and step-sons of American Legion members (there are no age limitations). Post 100 has an active SAL program and you can contact the SAL Commander to learn more.
Our sister organization is the American Legion Auxiliary. Eligibility is open to mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, grand-daughters, great-grand-daughters, or grandmothers of members of The American Legion, or of deceased veterans who served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving. (Women who are eligible for membership in The American Legion are also eligible to join the Auxiliary). Please speak to our Madam President for additional information.
Applications for membership can be obtained at our Post. Please stop by.