American Legion Membership

Redefine “wartime service” period

American Legion Membership
Redefine “wartime service” period

More than 1,600 U.S. military men and women since the end of World War II have been killed orwere wounded during times of armed conflict not recognized by the U.S. government. History is clear that the United States has been in a continuous
state of wartime activity since the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

In fairness to all who have served and sacrificed, not just those who fall within a government-defined window of dates, The American Legion passed Resolution 1 at its Fall 2018 National Executive Committee meeting calling on Congress to direct VA to expand the definition of “wartime veteran” to include all
military personnel who served honorably under Title 10 orders for at least one day during this continuous period of armed conflict.
(Resolution 1, Oct. 17-18, 2018)

As of Feb 22, 2019

A bill expanding membership eligibility for the American Legion was filed last week in the Senate. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also known as the LEGION Act — is a bipartisan effort introduced by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

Because the American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The act expands membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II.

Every Veteran deserves to have their service recognized. Contact your representation today!

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