If you've served active duty in the armed forces during any of the time
periods listed here, and have been honorably discharged OR are still on
active duty......

You are eligible for membership in THE AMERICAN LEGION

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 eligibility eras below.
They are:

  • World War I - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918;
  • World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946;
  • 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 to the date of cessation of hostilities as
    determined by the Government of the United States (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
provided that they had periods of at least four months of duration for training in one or another of
the aforementioned eligibility eras. 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)
Print a copy of the application form.  Complete all areas of the application and sign it.  Place the
application and your preferred method of payment:  Personal Check, Money Order or Cashiers
Check for $47.00 in an envelope along with a copy of your DD214.  DO NOT SEND CASH.   Mail it to
the address listed on the application.
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