History of the American Legion


American FlagThe American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.

It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.


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Eligibility/Membership Requirements


If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the wars 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 (Lebanon/Grenada)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korea)
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 December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).


Your membership helps support Department Service Officers nationwide who assist veterans in preparing claims and obtaining their full military healthcare benefits through the VA. Your membership gives you and your family practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save you many times the cost of your annual membership dues.

The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.

Join the American Legion today! Download and print the application or stop into Post 1977 and ask the canteen bartender for one. We will also need a copy of your DD214 and the yearly dues fee of $40.

Why Choose American Legion Post 1977?

See what people have to say about us:

“We celebrated and renewed our Vows here. It was a great place to have a party. Our bartender Amanda did a great Job. Julie was patient to all our questions. Thank you!”

Terri and Mike

“As a Veteran, when I first joined up two years ago I had no idea what to expect. Some Posts are better than others. The people here are like an extended family, one huge extended family. They party more than most, yet never forget why there’s an American Legion in the first place. There’s always something going on, fund raising for Wounded Warriors, family picnics, pig roasts, bowling outings, golf outings, tailgate parties, you name it, it’s here. I’m particularly proud of this Post’s Honor Guard and all they do. This place rocks!”

Jim F. USAF, DoD retired

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