Membership

Why Join

Sons focus on much more than just membership. At all levels, we support The American Legion in promoting a wide variety of programs. Squadrons assist the Posts in other activities such as veterans programs, Veterans Administration home and hospital volunteerism, Children & Youth projects, and fundraising.

Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state, and nation, each Sons squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs.

There are many men who are members of both, The American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion. Such individuals are known within our organization as dual members.american legion and sal dual membership

Eligibility

There are specific requirements to be eligible for the Sons of The American Legion.

  • A male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a member of The American Legion
  • Or a male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War to present
  • Or a male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died subsequent to his or her honorable discharge from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War to Present.

If you need assistance in obtaining the records needed to prove your eligibility please visit The National Personnel Records Center Military Personnel Records at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law.

 

Eligibility Dates

World War I April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918

World War II December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946

US Merchant Marines December 7, 1941 – August 15, 1945

Korea June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955

Vietnam February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975

Lebanon & Grenada August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984

Panama December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990

Presently August 2, 1990 – present

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