Membership Eligibility Details

Congress and the White House agree to expand definition of war eras to include all who served since Dec. 7, 1941.

More than 1,600 members of the U.S. Armed Forces were killed or wounded in periods of time not designated as war eras since the end of World War II. The newly signed Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act of 2019 – The LEGION Act – honors those veterans, their spouses and descendants, extending membership eligibility in The American Legion Family to hundreds of thousands who had previously been excluded.

The LEGION Act offers American Legion membership eligibility to any U.S. military veteran who served at least one day of active military duty since Dec. 7, 1941, and was honorably discharged or is serving now. The act also affects membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, expanding eligibility for those groups, as well.

How to Join

 To join please click on the pdf icon below to download the "The American Legion Membership Application". Once the file is downloaded, print and fill out the associated form. Mail the completed form, with check for $40.00 (American Legion dues), a copy of your DD-214 form or other record of honorable service to:

Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion
Commander Robert E. Dishman
160 West Merrick Road
Merrick, NY 11566

 For more information:

Phone: (516) 521-6989


The American Legion Membership Application
The American Legion Membership Application


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