Membership

If you meet the eligibility requirements for membership in the Sons of The American Legion, we’d love to have you join our ranks! Simply contact an American Legion Post near you to see if a squadron of the Sons has been organized at that Post. If not, an officer of that Post should be able to tell you where to find the nearest S.A.L. squadron. You can also contact The S.A.L. Detachment (state) or National headquarters to find the location of a Sons squadron near you.

You should be able to get an official S.A.L. Membership Application from just about any American Legion Post in the country, or you can download one by clicking here.

Not everyone is eligible to become a member of the Sons of The American Legion. There are specific membership requirements: you must be a male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a member of The American Legion – or a deceased veteran who would have been eligible to join The American Legion before he died. The specific dates of eligibility for veterans to join The American Legion are:
Active Duty Service Eligibility Dates for Membership in The American Legion (note: potential S.A.L. members should use these dates to determine if their parents or grandparents are/were eligible for membership in The American Legion):

World War I
April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918

World War II
December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946

Korean War
June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955

Vietnam Era
February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975

Lebanon/Grenada
August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984

Panama
December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990

Gulf War / War On Terrorism
August 2, 1990 – (this eligibility period remains open)