American Legion Auxiliary
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals
MEMBERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the following periods and died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after service:
A woman who is eligible for American Legion membership is eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary regardless of whether or not she is a member of The American Legion. However, eligibility of her female relatives (sister, mother, direct decedents) depends upon her 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 current 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)