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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Below you will find some common questions that arise concerning The American Legion.  
           
Q1: How do I join The American Legion? 
A1: Select the Join the Legion link under Members for information on joining.  You may also contact someone at an American Legion Post of which there are approximately 15,000 (use the Post Locator to find your local Post). Check to see that you meet the eligibility requirements. If you are not eligible but would like to subscribe to our magazine, email the Legion Magazine. The cost for a 12 month subscription is $15.00.
 
Q2: How do I know if I am eligible for membership in The American Legion?
A2: Our organization was founded on the premise that all those serving in the US Armed Forces during times of national crisis, regardless of place of service, are eligible to belong to The American Legion. Our membership is based on period of service, not place of service. Therefore, if you have served at least one day of "active duty" during the eligibility dates, are presently serving in the military or have been honorably discharged, you may become a member.
 
Q3: Why is membership in The American Legion limited to certain periods of time? I served in the military, but not during The American Legion eligibility periods.
A3: The American Legion was founded in 1919 as a war-time veterans organization. It was chartered by Congress on this basis. Our membership eligibility dates parallel dates set by Congress of war-time service.
 
Q4: How can I request a copy of my military discharge records for proof of eligibility?
A4: To obtain a copy of your military discharge records, contact your County Veteran Service Officer or you can request a copy online at: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
 
Q5: What is a Paid-Up-For-Life Membership?
A5: It's a membership you purchase with a lump sum that makes you a Paid-Up-For-Life Member of The American Legion.  Joining the over 175,000 who've already become Paid-Up-For-Life Members assures you of all the benefits of American Legion membership for life, with no additional future payment -- no matter how much the cost of your benefits may go up.
 
Q6: What benefits do I receive as a member of The American Legion?
A6: As a member of The American Legion, you may participate in the low cost life insurance program, as well as many other discounts on moving, car rentals, hotels and motels, eye wear and prescription drugs. To see the specifics about any of these benefits, check out our Member Benefits page.
 
Q7: What type of financial aid for college or scholarship information can The American Legion provide?
A7: The American Legion publishes a college financial aid guide called NEED A LIFT? This 128 page guide lists scholarships, grants and loans. NEED A LIFT? also contains a scholarship research service application called CASHE. Using the information provided on the application a database of over 150,000 entries will be searched to match awards to the individual. To order a copy of NEED A LIFT? send a $3 check or money order to: NEED A LIFT?, Emblem Sales, PO Box 1050, Indianapolis, IN 46206.
 
Q8: Where do I direct questions or concerns about local posts?
A8: Post matters and/or concerns should be directed to the Department Headquarters of the state in which the post is located. The Department has the first line responsibility in reviewing any actions by a post. In addition, if you are interested in joining or even just visiting local posts within an area, please direct all questions to the Department Headquarters of the state you are interested in. They should provide the information you are seeking.
 
Q9: What can I do to get help with a VA claim?
A9: American Legion Service Officers offer free advice and guidance for veterans who need to deal with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Check the Service Officer Directory for contact information of the officers in your area.
 
Q10: Can I ask The American Legion to search its membership list and give me a current address and telephone number of an old Army buddy I want to locate?
A10: The American Legion protects the privacy of its members and will not release such information. However, there are certain situations for mail to be forwarded to our members. Legion membership of the requester is required in most cases. A background sheet is available upon request.
 
Q11: How can I obtain a copy of The American Legion's annual report?
A11: Address your request to our Library.
 
Q12: Is there a history of The Wisconsin American Legion available?
A12: Yes, you can purchase The Wisconsin American Legion, A History 1919-1992 from Department Headquarters for $5.  Contact Chris Schmidt at chris@wilegion.org for more information.
 
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