Listed below are various guidelines that will help you in your membership efforts. This list is not all-inclusive, but rather a guide to help you run a smooth operation for your Squadron during the year.


Membership is open to all male descendants> adopted sons (their male descendants), Stepsons (their male descendants), grandsons, great- grandsons, etc…. of members of The American Legion, a deceased member of The American Legion or a deceased Veteran who would be eligible for membership in The American Legion if alive.


If a current Legion member drops his / her membership with The American Legion, the S.A.L. member can continue his membership by keeping his dues updated each year. Should his dues lapse, he would become ineligible for membership until and if the Veteran once again joined The American Legion or passed away.


Do not ask for special concessions to be made such as, – uncles – nephews – good friends or others … this can only be done by amending the National Constitution.


Make it a matter of your Squadron Constitution and By-Laws to require all new members to show and provide a copy of their eligibility for membership. Keep a copy on fi1e. The suggested forms of proof are: DD214 -Service Discharge – National Cemetery Burial Record.


A certified copy of a Death Certificate with service dates-VA Medical Center Records (make sure these show service dates).

Many Detachments require that Squadron Officers be certified by a set date. Some also require that all unused current membership cards be returned before they’ll send the next years cards. Check and abide by the guidelines of your Detachment.


Excerpt from The Squadron Membership Record Manual Page 4.


Am I eligible?

All male descendants, adopted sons and step sons of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during:


World War I(April 6,1917 – Nov. 11, 1918)

World War II (Dec. 7 1941 – Dec. 31, 1946)

Korean War (Jun.25, 1950 – Jan.31, 1955)

Vietnam War (Feb.28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)

Lebanon / Grenada (Aug. 24,1982 – July 31, 1984)

Operation Just Cause – Panama (Dec.20,1989 – Jan.31, 1990)

Operation Desert Shield/Storm (*Aug.2,1990 – A date to be determined by the U.S. Government)

US Merchant Marines eligible only from Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 16, 1945


* 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.


or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Legion.



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