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Old 07-30-2011, 04:36 AM   #15
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:18 AM   #16
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Been a AL member for 31 years but anymore we aren't around all that much because of our wandering ways. About the only thing I make anymore is the Honor Guard services on Memorial Day.

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Old 07-30-2011, 07:49 AM   #17
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If you can't talk well about the American Legion, please don't say anything at all. It is a fine organization, and like all organizations, there are some bad apples. I am adjutant and financial officer for Post 209 and we do not sign up non eligible members.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:35 PM   #18
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For the VFW, only if you have a campaign ribbon for Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). The AL will take you, though. Just have to be honorably discharged.
For VFW membership you need to have served honorably in a war zone; for AL membership you need to have served honorably during a specified wartime period, but do not need to have served in a war zone. And MOST AL posts will check your service record and request a copy of your DD214 before they take your money.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:49 PM   #19
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In as much as the requirements to join the American Legion here they are;


Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership


If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
  • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
  • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
  • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:46 PM   #20
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I was between wars of Vietnam and Cuba uprising. I came real close to going to Cuba missile crisis and Castro . Where do I fit in these war requirements? From the above list of requirements there isn't a space for us in betweens.
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I was between wars of Vietnam and Cuba uprising. I came real close to going to Cuba missile crisis and Castro . Where do I fit in these war requirements? From the above list of requirements there isn't a space for us in betweens.
I was "Cold War" service, never saw any hostility except downtown Germany.
I really don't think they would be to picky about when you served only that you did and were honerably discharged.
Go to thier web site (www.legion.org) and apply, they need members.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:37 AM   #22
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I am not a member of the AL but am VFW and DAV, the local VFW is i'm afraid a place where you can have a beer and that seem to be about it. The DAV is the one I support the most.
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I was a member, but let it lapse I belong to the Elks, OOIDA, ARRL, Etc.Etc.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:05 PM   #25
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Recently I noticed that the AL post in my town have many non-service people going and coming out of their Building. I asked one of the Retired Air Force members how come any body off the street could just come and go as they please, his reply was "We been allowing this for a couple of years now, just about any one to join as we need people to help pay the bills".
Is this a new policy of the American Legion or is it just my town?
When you go away for 10-11 months a year you don't notice as much when you come back. This year we came back early and are staying a little longer as our next trip has us on the road longer so we are noticing a lot more.
I'm one of them and have been for many years. They call me a "social" or "class B" member. That basically means I can go there for lunch or get a beer at the bar. I had to be sponsored by a regular member. I suppose its just away to help make ends meet.

As far as I know that doesn't do anything for me anywhere but the local club so I doubt I could use RV facilities away from home.
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Life Member in order of joining: Vietnam Security Police Association (VSPA), Tan Son Nhut Association (TSNA), VFW, DAV, and VVA. American Legion is next on the schedule. I only participate with one semi-actively in person and two on rare occationally online, but I felt that it was important to support them financially through membership for what the do the the veteran and retired military population. Seems like I've heard that the VVA now allows membership or associate membership to those who served in the declared Vietnam era but other than Nam.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:49 PM   #28
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i am amember of AL ,VFW and DAV all good
currently i just finished a 6 yr stint as treasurer for local DAV
at the AL we create drill teams at a couple local grade schools
the kids love it we see that they get a uniform ,boots and other necessary
stuff they love to drill w/parade rifles i would imagine in some areas we would be banned from the school grounds with our realistic looking rifles but thank the Lord in tn we dont get to crazy about that stuff
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