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Legion leadership to discuss membership plan

Members of The American Legion’s National Membership & Post Activities Committee are meeting in Indianapolis Jan. 10-11 to discuss progress toward the Legion’s five-year membership plan. The committee will also review several membership resolutions and evaluate current membership programs.

Newly appointed National Membership & Post Activities Committee Chairman Kenneth Orrock of South Dakota will lead the meeting, and opening remarks will be provided by National Commander Dan Dellinger, Legislative Commission Consultant Dale Barnett of Georgia and Michael Helm of Nebraska, the leading candidate for 2014-2015 national commander.



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Teri van Almen

September 11, 2014 - 8:39pm

Have LEGION dues have gone from $30.00 in 2014 to $40.00 for 2015? It was my understanding they increased by $5.00 from last yer, but the Legion Membersip chairman (who is also the Legion President and Treasurer ~ which is kind of fishy, since he gives his treasury report out of the checkbook instead of an itemized report like our Auxiliary or SAL) just informed me that my husband's dues increased by $10.00 in lieu of the $5.00. Can you please confirm renewal for 2015 dues?? Thank you.

George G. Guenther

January 10, 2014 - 9:41am

Can I buy a life membership on line? I am currently a Post Officer and yearly renewal member. I am 62 years od and will be 63 on July 5, 2014.

Hank Krauter PH, Vsm, Vcm, CIB, Member

January 10, 2014 - 12:00am

Lifetime membership is a bit high and should be considered a priority as far as concentrated effort, those who have been yearly members should be able to have there past dues applied to a lifetime membership making it easier for more Veterans to join, this would make it easier in these times when our economy is not what it should be!

Mike Rebeta

January 9, 2014 - 7:32pm

Since the American Legion is Chartered by Congress, any changes would have to be approved by Congress - not an easy task. As to membership - Each veterans organization has their own requirements: American Legion - served during wartime. Veterans of Foreign Wars - served during wartime in a combat area. AmVets - served in the military, etc. There is a veterans organization for everyone who served in the U.S. military. Find which one you qualify for and join. We veterans are all out there to assist other veterans and our communities. Viet-Nam Vet and Life Member of VFW and member of American Legion.


January 9, 2014 - 5:56pm

I served 26 years of Active Military Service from 1959 to 1985 and have joined and paid for "Member at Large", but my home town chapter of The American Legion has never invited me to join their chapter?

Joan Bray-Taylor

February 3, 2014 - 7:14pm

Why are you waiting to be invited? Go to the Legion Post and volunteer. I'm sure they will welcome your participation and friendship. How would they know that you are interested if you don't step up? As adjutant at my post, here in Winter Garden Florida, I often receive Project Stay Active forms, from the Department of Florida, which contain information about members who have moved to our city. I then send out invitations to visit our post but that is the only way I know about them. If you have lived in your home town since your discharge, the Post has no way of knowing about you. So, I can only say, stop by and visit, they will be glad to see you.

Bob Barrett

January 9, 2014 - 4:06pm

We should open membership to all veterans not just for those who served during war periods. There are many service men and women who served during war periods that never left the states or participated in areas of conflict. Veterans are veterans . Non war vets should not be did rinsed against. They were still volunteers.


January 9, 2014 - 4:24pm

Absolutely - and the Legion leadership has reniged on this issue for years using the excuse "well it's mandated by Congress" My answer - Amend It !!! How hard can that be??? It's a slap in the face for "gray-area" Veterans that they served honorably and then get turned down by the Legion because it wasn't during "wartime". Amazing!!!And we want to 'double' in size - when it could have been done a long time ago. Shame on the past leadership!!!

Frank Dorchak

April 4, 2014 - 1:27am

"It's mandated by Congress," well shiver me timbers and deep-six me, I'm really tired of hearing this excuse. I just finished writing a resolution for my Post in an effort to get this "unchangeable mandate" changed, and met with my Congressman last week on the issue. His reply to me was that "we need have our State and National officers approve said resolution and Congress would then follow suit." If we are going to seriously seek change where this issue is concerned then we must have support from every Post in every State. I've submitted an article to our magazine on this very issue seeking this support, let's see if it gets printed. We need numbers gentlemen, one or two of us complaining here isn't going to do it. I'm calling on every swabbie, every dog-face, every jar-head, and every fly-boy to urge their State officers to support this resolution and get it to the National level for approval. Why? Because it is the right thing to do!

Bob Barrett

January 9, 2014 - 5:33pm

I served 2years in Morocco sept 1955 to sept 1957 at an air base and served 10 years in the Air Force reserves. I was in North Africa when there was the Suez crisis but it was no considered a war period. But my service time is not considered worthy to join the American Legion?

Frank Dorchak

January 10, 2014 - 11:32pm

Hang in there Bob there are many of us who stand with you. One had to have served during a period of "hostility" to meet the requirements for membership, but if one were to look back into the records one would see that our men and women in uniform have always served during periods of "hostility." How many of our planes have been shot down by the commies over the years, how many of our uniformed people have been held POW during periods of "non-hostility????" To quote the sister of a 1958 KIA "People don't really understand and know that the Cold War was a real war with real casualties. Real people died." It is time we veterans stood back to back and got these membership requirements changed!

Bob Barrett

January 9, 2014 - 5:27pm

Thanks for your support

James Laubler

January 9, 2014 - 3:25pm

We should reduce fees to match the VFW and use the same payment plan. Then, I would start my lifetime membership payments.


January 9, 2014 - 4:25pm

The VFW just "upped" their membershiop fees as of Jan 1.

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