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WHO IS THE AMERICAN LEGION: The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces between the following dates:
- April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (WWI)
- December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII)
- June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
- February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
- August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
- December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause - Panama)
- August 2, 1990 to today (beginning with Operation Desert Shield/Storm)
Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
American Legion Posts are chartered by the American Legion and serve veterans at the community level.
The Charles L. Futch Post 189 and the Women's Auxiliary support and raise money for a number of charities and causes.