Returning members can now renew online.
For everyone else: what’s in it for you, you might ask? Plenty!
Your Legion membership entitles you to the following:
Your membership gives you and your family practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save you many times the cost of your annual membership dues.
More on Discount Programs
Our nation’s leaders speak directly to citizens on the pages of The American Legion Magazine. The Legion’s organizational goals are promoted using the words of talented writers, professional journalists, and world leaders.
A Powerful Force in our Nation’s Capitol
The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.
What we are doing for you today
VA Benefit Assistance
Your membership helps support Department Service Officers nationwide who assist veterans in preparing claims and obtaining their full military healthcare benefits through the VA.
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In case you’re wondering where your dues go, here’s a short list from legion.org:
“Your annual dues help support programs in your community and across the nation. American Legion programs and services include: Troop Support, Child Welfare Foundation, Heroes to Hometowns, American Legion Baseball, Department Service Officers, Family Support Network, Flag Advocacy & Etiquette, Junior ROTC & ROTC, Operation Comfort Warriors, Scholarships, Veterans Job Fairs, and many others.”
Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
- April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
- Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
- June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
- Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
- Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
- Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
- Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)
Applying for membership is fairly straightforward. Contact a post officer (listed on the “About Us” page) and arrange to meet with him or her or attend one of our monthly meetings. Bring your DD-214 and $40 for annual dues; fill out a short application, and you’re all set. Yes, it is that easy!