The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, and community service organization which now numbers 2.4 million men and women in more than 14,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion has its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana, with offices in Washington, D.C. In
addition to thousands of volunteers, serving in leadership and program implementation capacities from the
communities to the Legion’s standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has
a professional staff of about 250 employees.
Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable service within the U.S. Armed
Forces between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World War I); December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946 (World War II); June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955 (Korean war); December 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War); August 24, 1982, and July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada); December 20, 1989, and January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause – Panama); or August 2, 1990, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
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