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 Great News! In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, the President signed a bill July 30, 2019 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941. The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war. What this does is open the door for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces with an honorable discharge and a DD 214 to now become a member of the American Legion. The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible. “Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing do and it is long overdue,” National Commander Brett Reistad said. “The families of those who were killed or wounded during these wartime acts should take pride in knowing that we recognize their sacrifice and service. Moreover, we are proud to welcome any of the six million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’” Now that the legislation has been signed, The American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are changed. Reistad expressed gratitude to the bipartisan members of Congress for passing the legislation. “In an era of partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats in Congress overwhelmingly recognized the importance of allowing thousands of honorable but previously ineligible veterans the right to join the largest and most influential veteran’s organization in the country.” Reistad pointed out that existing American Legion membership applications are in the process of being updated but can still be used. “In the meantime, I recommend that prospective Legionnaires and recruiters write ‘LEGION Act’ in the eligibility date section of American Legion membership applications if they fall outside the previous war eras,” Reistad said. “The larger pool of veterans now eligible for The American Legion will also open their family members to eligibility in the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary as well.”

Bill Charon, Post 154 Commander U. S. Army

 

1 ST VICE- Jim David

2 nd VICE- Rich Meyers

FINANCE- Keith Wakefield

SGT. AT ARMS- John Gipson

CHAPLAIN- Ron Marsiglia

HISTORIAN- Catherine Buckley

JUDGE ADVOCATE- Keith Wakefield

SERVICE OFFICER- Bill Charon

ADJUTANT- John Pike

GOVERNING BOARD CHAIR- Butch Hogan
    

 

 

 


 

 


 

  

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

    

 


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