WHY JOIN US ? (as of 11/01/2018)

Membership in the American Legion, especially at the local post level, provides many personal benefits, along with a place to share comradeship with folks who have marched in boots just as you have.  Not only do you have a place to share experiences while serving our Nation, both in peace and in challenging times, but you also have an opportunity to support those warriors and their families, especially the children and youth, in meeting their needs.  This is the unselfish, volunteer side of the American Legion.

  Two new members, Andrew Bajakian and Mike Rhodes, are initiated into Post 501 on August 13, 2018. This is good news for our post.

Two new members, Andrew Bajakian and Mike Rhodes, are initiated into Post 501 on August 13, 2018. This is good news for our post.

Now what's in it for me?  I have to pay dues, which seem to go up a bit over time (some of our members solve this issue by becoming a PUFL {Paid Up For Life} member).  OK - so what do I get for this membership?  Ever hear of the GI Bill - did you use?  The current ongoing efforts to improve VA services - have you used VA benefits? How about the Money-Saving Discounts for various programs and services, such as: Home Depot, Office Depot, Omaha Steaks, Allied Moving, USAA insurance services, Lifestation, CVS Caremark, Gov Vacation rewards, Wyndham, Best Western, and Motel 6, and several auto rental firms such as Alamo, National and Enterprise.  This discounting list is not all inclusive - check out the National Website, www.legion.org/benefits, for details on tons of more personal benefits.  If interested, you can also renew your roll call by going direct to National - just log onto <www.members.legion.org/renew>

  New members to Post 501 swearing their allegiance to the American Legion.

New members to Post 501 swearing their allegiance to the American Legion.

You can go to the National Legion website to join online, www.legion.org/join, or print off a membership application.  Be sure when you complete the membership application that you indicate our American Legion Post 501 otherwise you will be assigned to State Headquarters.

Included in your membership are the regular Legion National magazines, the State of Wisconsin and our own monthly Post 501 newsletters, all of which are a great way to keep on top of the numerous benefits available for Legionnaires, their Auxiliary and their Sons of the American Legion. 

Let your voice be heard.  We, in the Legion, are the strongest voice for veterans in Washington, D.C.     

So do yourself a favor, a fellow veteran, those currently serving in boots and their families, and join or renew your valuable membership today.  We will look forward to seeing you at our Post !



If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving -- you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!  You don't need to have served in a combat zone.  Just be available while serving on the home front. All veterans, female and male, will be welcomed at Post 501 - join us!

*August 2, 1990 to today (Persian Gulf/ War on Terrorism)

December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause - Panama)

August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)

February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam)

June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korea)

December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II)

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I)

*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.

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

Please believe us when we say we truly need your partnership.  Every paid member counts when our Legion leadership approaches our Congressional members to enact services for our Veterans and their families. Many Veterans benefit programs are currently underfunded, or at risk of being eliminated in part or in whole.  Numbers are the one thing that our Congress focuses on when enacting legislation beneficial to our American heroes.  Please do your part to make these programs solvent.  Our lobby is our strength.

Starting on July 1st, the 2018 membership dues for our Post 501 will begin at a lower cost level - the dues for the 2018 membership year have been reduced to $42, and this rate should be retained  for your renewal for the 2019 year.  

By the way, you can also reduce your overall costs for membership just by considering becoming a “PUFL”. What …..? you may ask is this? Stands for Paid Up For Life ! By sharing a one time payment, you won’t be bothered every year to submit your annual membership dues. The premium for this can be found by going to the National website. You will need to enter your Legion #, and your date of birth. The specific $ amount will be displayed, and you could even, with a credit card, cover this cost right on line. Otherwise, call the National phone number 1-800-433-3318 for assistance. Many of our members have selected this manner of removing future annual notices of dues due.

It's not too late to show your support.  Membership is our Post 501's lifeblood, and is the most important factor of being able to support our mission.  If you want to participate in either the monthly meetings, if only once a year, or become a regular, or just participate in our pancake breakfasts, or special dinners, or even if you wish to only attend other fund raising events, we thank you especially.  We have a lot of hard working members who would love to meet and work along side with you.  We know that each of us has a lot of commitments to family, church, work and are always short of extra time.  But if you just have a couple hours a month or quarter, we'd sure be appreciative of your presence.  We are especially looking for veterans of Desert Storm, Iraq, or Afghanistan actions.  You are the future of service to Veterans, service which will always be needed.  Your reward is being able to proudly say "I served twice, once in uniform, and now without".

You can go to the National Legion website to renew online, www.legion.org/renew, or print off a membership application. If you join in this manner, be sure to identify our Post 501 as your choice.

If you have questions, please click on the "Contact Us" tab above and send us a message or call the Post 501 at 608-244-7716.  We'll gladly be in touch.