​​​​​MOST VETERANS NOW ABLE TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION

Congress has passed, and on July 30th President Trump signed, a new law that makes almost all veterans eligible to join the American Legion.


The law, known as the "LEGION ACT" declares that the United States has been in a contineous state of war since December 7, 1941. LEGION is an acronym for "Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act."


Prior Legion rules said you could only become a member if you seved during one of seven times of combat. Now there are only two times of declaired war: April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 and December 7, 1941 to a time in the future to be determined by the Congress.


The American Legion sought the declaratioon as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.


The LEGION Act also opens the door for approximately 6-million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they had not been previously eligible.


An updated Post 543 membership application is now available by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.


Veterans who wish to join the post may simply attend one of our regular meetings which are usually held at 7pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the St. James Community Center on the Southport/Supply Road (Route 211).*

*The November and December meetings may be moved because of the holidays.


For additional information prospective members may email:

  • Membership Chair, 2nd Vice Commander Rick Sessa (popsess@gmail.com) 
  • or Post Commander George Freeman (gforce2730@gmail.com). 


​CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AN UPDATED MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION



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