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Eligibility Information

If you have served federal active duty in the armed forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving — you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!

*August 2, 1990 to today
(Operation Desert Shield/Storm)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
(Operation Just Cause - Panama)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
(Vietnam War)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
(Korean War)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
(World War II)
April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
(World War I)

*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.

U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 16, 1945.

To take advantage of your eligibility, check out our section on How to Apply for Membership. Also, take a look at some of the Member Benefits you will receive by joining The American Legion.

For more information, contact:
The American Legion
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206