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The Legion Family:

Eligibility requirements

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To be eligible for The American Legion, a man or woman must have served at least one day of active duty in one of the armed forces of the United States during one of the following eligibility eras.

They are:

World War I - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

  • World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
  • SPECIAL NOTE - Merchant Marines - December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945
  • Korea - June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam - February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
  • Lebanon & Grenada - August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984
  • Panama - December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
  • Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990 until cessation of hostilities as determined by the United        States Government (NOTE: this means that all military personnel now on active duty are eligible for membership in The American Legion).
  • Current and past members of the National Guard and Reserve may also be eligible for membership and should check with the Adjutant of the Post in their local community. Annual summer camps and weekend drills do not constitute eligible periods of service. Active duty is the key to Legion membership. A person need not have served overseas to be eligible, but must possess an Honorable Discharge (DD Fm 214).

A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary.
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The mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daue  great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of of the following

    • Present members of the American Legion
    • Veterans who died in the line of duty
    • Honorably discharged deceased veterans
    • Allies of the USA who died in the line of duty
    • Deceased allies with an honorable discharge who all served in the United States Armed Forces during the above listed war eras.
          • Step relatives are also eligible
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                 Sons of The American Legion

Not everyone is eligible to become a member of the Sons of The American Legion. There are specific membership requirements. 

 To be eligible, you must be a male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a member of The American Legion. 

 You would also be eligible to join the Sons of The American Legion if you are the male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (see specific time periods at top of this page).

You would also be eligible to join the Sons of The American Legion if you are the male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died subsequent to his or her honorable discharge from service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (the same eligibility periods apply as above).