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Sons of The American Legion

 

What is the SAL?

Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The American Legion Riders and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All four organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 4.3 million members. This year, Sons attained an all time high national membership of over 350,000.
 

What is the main purpose of the Sons?

The mission of the Sons is to support veterans and their families and the policies of our parent organization, The American Legion. Virtually everything that involves the Sons could be grouped under three areas:

1) Support for veterans and their families,

2) Promoting patriotism and Americanism and

3) Promoting programs which benefit the youth of our country.

 

Am I eligible to join?

To be eligible, you must be one of the following:

The male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a current member of The American Legion.

or ...

The male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (see Eligibility Dates below).

or ...

The male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died subsequent to (after) his or her honorable discharge from service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (see Eligibility Dates below).

 

What are the Active Duty Service Eligibility Dates?

Potenial S.A.L. members should use these dates to determine if their parents or grandparents are/were eligible for membership in The American Legion.

 

World War I

 

April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918

 

World War II

 

December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

 

Korean War

 

June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955

 

Vietnam Era

 

February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975

 

Lebanon/Grenada

 

August 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984

 

Panama

 

December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990

 

Persian Gulf

 

August 2, 1990 - (this eligibility period remains open)

I am eligible to join, now how do I prove it?

The American Legion establishes proof of eligibility based on a DD-214 form. The DD-214, or DD Form 214 is a document of the United States armed forces issued by the Department of Defense upon a military service member's separation or discharge from the active duty military.

The full name of the document is "Defense Department Form 214", however the document is often shortened to be called a DD-214, DD Form 214 or simply as a "sep doc". A DD-214 is also commonly referred to as "Discharge Papers", however this is slightly misleading as the document is more often issued for release from active duty and transfers to the inactive reserves than it is for final discharge from the military.

DD-214 is widely regarded as one of the most important documents in the military as it is a complete record of a service member's time in the military, awards and medals, and other pertinent service information such as promotions, combat service or overseas service, and Military Occupational Specialty identifiers. DD-214 is commonly used by various government agencies, chief among them the Department of Veterans Affairs, to secure veteran benefits.

 

Where can I find the DD-214 form?

If the veteran through whom you qualify doesn't already have their DD-214 form readily available then the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided a website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 online: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes or for membership in The American Legion.

Veterans and the next of kin of deceased veterans may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can also be downloaded from the online web site. Because the person making the request will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.

Sons are encouraged to pass this information on to former military personnel and their dependents.

 

I have the DD-214 form, what's next?

Either call the Post at (888) 240-8188, or email us at: Info@SomersPost101.org and we will be happy to help you.

Click here for Membership Application

You can print the document, and fill it out, and then you have the option of either scanning your completed document and emailing back to the chapter at: PostCdr@SomersPost101.org, or you can mail it directly to the Post. The Post's address is:

Sons of The American Legion

Buck - Dubiel Squadron # 101

P. O. Box 101

Somers, CT 06071
 

 Additional Benefits:

In addition to being welcomed as a valued member of our Post, as an SAL member you will also have a large number ofmember benefits with national companies when staying in hotels, renting vehicles, moving, buying computers or even sending someone flowers!

Unfortunately, Nephews, Brothers, Uncles and Cousins, Wards or Foster Children are not eligible for the Sons of the American Legion.