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How to join The American Legion

How to join The American Legion

For veterans who qualify, there are multiple ways to join The American Legion. The traditional way is to fill out a simple form, which can be given to a recruiter or any Legionnaire who will make sure that the rest of the process is in motion. Prospective members may also join online.

Here’s a look at both methods, each of which can be done in a matter of minutes:

Paper form. After a new member completes the application form, a Legion representative will sign it and take it to the local post. If a candidate is signed up at a post, he or she can receive the membership card on the spot or will be sent the new card shortly thereafter.

Regardless of where a recruit is signed up, the post adjutant or membership chairman will log his or her information and then transmit the form to the department headquarters. The department will forward the information to National Headquarters, usually within a week. At that time, the information will be logged into the national system.

Online form. Prospective members also can sign up online. Visit www.legion.org/join and follow the easy prompts from there. This information will be processed by National Headquarters. Once processed, a membership card will be sent along with other new-member materials.

Once a member, you also can save time, effort and postage by renewing your membership online, and you may choose to take advantage of the Automatic Renewal Program now available nationwide.

Members can simply go to www.legion.org/renew and click "Renew Now" to safely and conveniently pay their dues. Once a member enters the information requested, he or she can set the account for automatic annual renewal, as well as select the option to receive email renewal notices instead of notices through the mail. If the membership is current, he or she may still choose to sign up for automatic annual renewal and/or to receive renewal notices by email only. Automatic renewal can also be set up by calling the toll-free American Legion customer service line at (800) 433-3318.

Benefits of American Legion membership

Regardless of whether a member joins via pencil or computer, the membership benefits will include:

Discounts: These practical, money-saving discounts for you and your family will easily save you many times the cost of your annual membership dues.

Magazine: Our nation’s leaders speak directly to citizens on the pages of The American Legion Magazine. The monthly magazine features in-depth analysis, historical stories, Q&As with high-profile officials, news about veterans issues and much more.

Voice on Capitol Hill: The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veterans affairs, fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that VA’s medical system is effectively serving those who served.

VA benefit assistance: Your membership helps support department service officers nationwide who assist veterans in preparing claims and obtaining their full military health-care benefits through VA.

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Melissa Kimmerling

May 20, 2014 - 6:59pm

I was in the Air force from 1978 till 1982. I served my country and I was there if they needed me. Why can't I join the American Legion?

Arther

May 4, 2014 - 2:08pm

I have a general discharge under honorable conditions, can I still join? Viet nam era

R Zering

March 26, 2014 - 10:12pm

I was in the army from 1978 to 1982, and when I fill out the application it doesn't show my dates. Can I still become a member

C. Johnson

February 26, 2014 - 1:43am

Questions: How do you explain this happening - How was this issue resolved? What actions have been taken to insure that such issues will not be repeated?

Edward T. Shea

December 13, 2013 - 1:36pm

I returned your recent membershhip offer with my $25.00 check. You cashed it on 22 Novemberr. I was supposed to receive a watch. this was promised in the membership offer. I have received neither confirmation of my membership, nor have I ereceived the promised watch. Unless I receive both, I shall contact the newspapers, TV and Bank America. Was this a scam? I am a disabled WWII veteran who redceives a small disabled pension. Please reply soonest, I am a member of Disabled Veterans, and I also plan to contact them unless you reply with my membership and watch. Edward //t. Shea 13184937

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