Bipartisan Legislation Gives Veterans Who Honorably Served Access to the American Legion
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump has signed North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis’ LEGION Act into law, bipartisan legislation that will extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Senator Tillis introduced the legislation with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
I was proud to work with Senator Sinema to build the support needed to unanimously pass this bipartisan legislation out of Congress and have President Trump sign it into law,” said Senator Tillis. “For 100 years, the American Legion has fostered a community for service members and veterans throughout our great nation. This bipartisan legislation will expand access to the American Legion to all veterans who served honorably and ensure that sense of community is preserved and open to those who need it.”
“The LEGION Act’s success shows when we work across the aisle, we can deliver for everyday Americans—including improving services for veterans across Arizona,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“For some time, the American Legion has recognized the contributions and sacrifice of veterans from the so-called non-war periods,” said NC Department Commander James Moore of Post 94 in Snow Hill, NC. “The LEGION Act provides support and recognition for these veterans. We look forward to welcoming them into the Legion family.”
Currently, only veterans who served during periods of declared hostilities are able to join the American Legion. The bipartisan LEGION Act is supported by the American Legion and ensures the thousands of brave American veterans who fought for our country during unrecognized times of war are able to enjoy the full benefits of membership in the American Legion.
This act makes membership in the American Legion available to any serviceman or woman that served at least one day since December 7th, 1941 and was honorably discharged or is still serving. This act removes all previous restrictions based on dates of service. Veterans wishing to apply should go to www.legion.org