Membership


Membership Information

Eligibility:

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Marching Parade 1258x878Thanks for stopping by today! We're confident you will enjoy becoming a member of The American Legion Family, the nation's largest organization dedicated to supporting veterans of the armed services of the United States of America!

To be eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Legion, you must be a male descendant (son, grandson, stepson, or adopted son) of a member of The American Legion.

You are also eligible to join the Sons of The American Legion if you are the male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War or the War on Terror (see specific time periods for service during these conflicts below).

You would also be eligible to join the Sons of The American Legion if you are the male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died subsequent to his or her honorable discharge from service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (the same eligibility periods apply as above).

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
Persian Gulf
August 2, 1990 - (this eligibility period remains open and now includes veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan or the Global War on Terror)
Contact a local SAL Squadron to join!

See our Find a Squadron page.

Download our Membership form here: SAL Application Form

No squadron in your area? You can absolutely organize a new S.A.L. Squadron! Click here to see information on Starting a New Squadron.

Current SAL Membership Report from Wisconsin Legion Website: SAL Membership Reports

Can I be "Paid Up For Life" (PUFL)?

We are getting one-step closer to putting together a PUFL membership for the Sons of The American Legion. The results of our survey showed that our members would like a Detachment maintained "Paid Up For Life" membership option. Our Membership Committee has collected data on other detachment-run PUFLs, and Date of Birth information to assist in the development of the program.

Currently, we lack the number of date of birth records we require to complete our program, but your assistance will help. Make sure your squadron has recorded and submitted the DOB information for your members, you may use the DOB Information Form, available on the National Sons web site, or the Change of Address link on the National Legion web site.

What about "Honorary Life Membership"?

Honorary life membership is something that can be awarded by a Squadron/Post to an individual for a specific deed or act. He must be an existing SAL member and eligible for membership in accordance with the established eligibility criteria as outlined in the SAL National Constitution. Do not confuse this with any Detachment paid for life programs. This is only a Squadron/Post award, where authorized. To report this information, you can submit a member data form and mark the appropriate block “Honorary Life”. The record will be coded at National Headquarters. When the annual membership cards & registers are printed, a code “H” will appear on the membership register that denotes “Honorary Life”. Older versions of the member data form do not contain this block. In that case, just write on the form wherever space is permitting. Squadron/Post Adjutants should sign this form to confirm this status. If awarded, the Squadron is responsible for submitting the annual membership dues accordingly. If the Squadron does not submit the membership dues, the responsibility reverts to the individual. The life program is not transferable to any other Post/Squadron. Caution should be exercised in awarding this status, as the Squadron is responsible for accounting for this action for the life of the individual.