WHY JOIN US ?

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.

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, <legion.org> for details on tons of more personal benefits. 

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 and join or renew your valuable membership today.  We will look forward to seeing you at our Post !

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

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!

*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 eliminates in part or in whole.  Numbers are the one thing that our Congress focuses on when enacting legislation beneficial to our American heros.  Please do your part to make these programs solvent.  Our lobby is our strength.

Starting on July 1st, the 2018 membership dues will begin at a lower cost level - the dues for the 2018 membership year have been reduced to $42.  This is due to the reluctance of many members to be willing to renew at the past year's level.  However, costs for both services to veterans and their families, along with post operations continue to escalate.  

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 Afgan 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 <www.legion.org/renew>  to print off a membership application.  Or just hit the "Contact Us" tab on the Home Page.  We'll gladly be in touch.