For those of
us who have served in time of war, there is a bond that cannot be broken. Our
lives and our backgrounds can be as different as night and day, but we are
joined by battle, by service and by experiences that are uniquely ours.
And we are joined, too, by an organization, founded to serve us only with
privileges and benefits we have earned with blood, sweat and courage.
In 1919, the United States Congress approved the charter of The American Legion
as an organization of veterans. Some of our members served overseas during
war-time while others served stateside. Yet we all served during periods defined
by Congress as war-time service.
If you are on
active duty today, serving honorably, anywhere in the world, or
have served honorably during any eligible war eras (see dates
below), become a member of The American Legion!
We're veterans just like you, nearly 3 million strong, who care about
America, veterans and their families and our nation's youth. The Legion
is a powerful voice in Washington dedicated to preserving the rights
we've all earned - and were promised - by service to our nation in
We invite you to join us now. Membership brings an impressive array of
benefits. The American Legion is always there for you and your family -
in Washington and nearly 15,000 local posts throughout America and
abroad. Just like you, we're "Still Serving America!"
Membership Eligibility Requirements
April 6, 1917
to November 11, 1918 (World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause - Panama)
*August 2, 1990 to today (Operation Desert Shield/Storm)
What Your Membership Does
your membership gives to our brave young men and women on active duty is
paramount. As more veterans return home from the War On Terror, some
will need our immediate help while others will need help down the road.
Membership entitles you, active-duty personnel and families to:
in obtaining full medical, educational, and insurance benefits from
the Department of Veterans Affairs
in preparing VA claims
and getting accurate information concerning financial services.
Professional representation of veteransí interests in Congress
by our staffing Washington, D.C., who are fighting for legislation
that protects the benefits of all veterans and their families.
Legion is the nationís most influential, effective and dependable
advocate of veteran affairs. Your membership in the Legion will
strengthen our fight for better active-duty pay, improved housing for
active-duty families, and help insure that the VAís medical system can
properly care for the sick and wounded returning from Iraq and
membership in the Legion gives you added savings, discounts and
family-protection benefits including:
yearís subscription to our monthly magazine, The American
rates at thousands of hotels and motels, on car rental, and with
eligibility to participate in Legion Members-only insurance plans
discounts through the American Legionís new prescription drug plan
are also heavily involved with community activities
ranging from hospital services and blood drives to youth programs such
as Boy Scouts, American Legion Baseball, scholarships and the annual
American Legion Boys State/Boys Nation programs.
than material benefits, your membership in The American Legion is a
tangible way to honor the other men and women who have sacrificed so
much for our country. Itís the best way to help preserve programs
that benefit you, our nation and our fellow veterans.
The true value
of joining The American Legion canít be measured in dollars and cents.
It is a unique way of being a part of something bigger than any