Membership Eligibility

Legion

Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based upon honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces. The following dates apply:

W W I

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

W W II

December 7,1941 to December 31, 1946

Korea

June 25, 1950 to January 31,1955

Vietnam

February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

Grenada And Lebanon

August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984

Panama

December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

Desert Shield / Desert Storm

August 2, 1990 until the end of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government.

(Because this eligibility date remains open all members of the U.S. Armed Forces at this time are eligible to join.)



Auxiliary

  • woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary.
  • The mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras (see Legion dates).
  • Step relatives are also eligible.


Sons of the American Legion

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 

 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





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