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I’m currently on Active Duty. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are a veteran. The current eligibility period from is from August, 1990 – Present, and includes the current war campaigns. All current active duty military are eligible for membership.
I served my entire military career in the National Guard/Reserves, and only have a DD214 from my Active Duty for Training that I was in during one of the qualifying dates. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are a veteran. In the mid-60’s all basic training and occupational training schools were considered federal active duty service.
I enlisted and went to basic training, but received an uncharacterized discharge due to a medical condition. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are a veteran. Uncharacterized discharges for medical discharges are assumed to be under honorable conditions unless specifically stated otherwise. There are other categories of uncharacterized discharges and before they are determined eligible for membership the discharge should be sent to National for determination and a record will be maintained at National on final determination.
Can I be an honorary or social member of The American Legion?
No. Per National Constitution and By-laws, no form or class of membership is authorized except regular active or paid up for life.
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I served during one of the qualifying periods, but was never in a combat zone. Am I eligible?
Yes, you are a veteran. Location of active duty service is not a consideration for membership.
How can I find a local post?
How much is a lifetime membership?
Our life membership program is called Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL). To find out how much it would cost for you to become a PUFL member, visit www.legion.org/pufl to get a personalized quote. You can print an application to mail in, or just complete and submit your application online!
How can I get help with my VA claim?
The American Legion Department Service Officers are specially trained to provide information and assistance relating to the VA and other veteran’s issues. Our Post Legion Officer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org