|About the American Legion|
Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as
a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization,
committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our
communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong
national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service
members and veterans.
The American Legion's national headquarters is in
Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington,
DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership
and program implementation capacities in local communities to
the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the
national organization has a regular full-time staff of over 300
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
- 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)
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S.
Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this
time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by
the government of the United States.