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About the American Legion

What is the American Legion?

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans. Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.

Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.


An individual is eligible for membership in The American Legion only if the individual:

  1. Has served in the Armed Forces of the United States at any time during the period of April 6, 1917, through November 11, 1918; or any time after December 7, 1941 through to the present day;
  2. or a government associated with the United States Government during a period or time referred to above and was a citizen of the United States when the individual entered that service;
  3. was honorably discharged or separated from that service or continues to serve honorably during or after that period or time.

U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).

Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of these dates plus have been honorably discharged or still serving honorably.


Legionnaires at every membership level are afforded the opportunity to suggest changes in their local posts' policies, or even to the manner in which the Legion operates as an organization. Legionnaires interested in initiating such a process must file a resolution – a written description of a problem or situation, followed by a suggestion as to how it may be corrected. A resolution may also be a statement or declaration pertaining to an issue of concern to the Legion. It consists of two parts: the preamble (description of the problem), and the resolve clause (how the local post, department or national organization should solve the problem or support the issue). The entire resolution should be one continuous sentence, with the preamble clause(s) preceding the resolve clause(s).

Use the Resolutions collection in the The American Legion Digital Archive to search and view current resolutions from 1985 to present. Active resolutions within the The American Legion legislative program are also included in this collection. For questions about historical resolutions that are no longer the policy of The American Legion please contact the The American Legion Library. For speciific resolutions, please search here.

Post 164 Monthly Meeting

Post 164
22125 Kingsland Blvd.
Katy 77450
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month
6:30 PM Social
7:30 PM Business Meeting