The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veteran’s organization.
Eligibility (included National Guard, Reserves, Auxiliary and S.A.L.)
Men and women with any active duty service in the United States Armed Forces within any of the following war eras and honorably discharged or still serving:
World War 1: Apr. 6, 1917 –
Nov. 11, 1918
World War 2: Dec.7, 1941 – Dec.31, 1946
Korean War: Jun.25, 1950 – Jan. 31, 1955
Vietnam Era: Feb. 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
Lebanon/Grenada: Aug.24, 1982– Jul.31, 1984
Panama: Dec. 20, 1989 – Jan. 31, 1990
Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 - (this period now open)
National Guardsman/Reservist must have served at least one day on federal active duty during any of the delimiting periods listed above, and either have an honorable discharge or currently be serving. The key to determining if a Guardsman/Reservist has been on federal active duty is the “Authority Line” on the activation orders of the Guardsman/Reservist. In both cases “Title 10, Subsection 672 or 12301” are orders from the Secretary of Defense and are federal orders.
*All Reserve components currently send their service members to “Basic Training” using Title 10, Subsection 672/12301 orders.
The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the world. Affiliated with The American Legion, the Auxiliary is a veterans’ service organization focusing on three major areas: veterans, young people and the community. 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 is eligible. Step relatives are also eligible.
A person who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary or S.A.L.
The American Legion Riders are members of the American Legion who are also motorcycle enthusiasts. Members of the ALR come from the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The American Legion Riders is not an M/C, and does not practice M/C rules or regulations. The American Legion Riders is family-oriented, just as is its parent organization: the American Legion.
Together, members of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family.