American Legion Membership
Join today and become part of a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.
The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
Even if you are not a Veteran, you may still be able to join either:
- The Sons of The American Legion
Founded in 1932, the Sons honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. There are more than 355,000 members in the United States. Members include males whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
- The American Legion Auxiliary
As the largest women's patriotic service organization in the world, the Auxiliary membership is around 800,000. With 9,000 units in the United States, members are fiercely dedicated to serving, helping and meeting the needs of veterans, their families and their communities. Non-Veteran Women can join the American Legion Auxiliary only if they are the widow of a Veteran that meets eligibility requirements, or if they are the spouse of a member.
Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.
Your membership is not based on the day you joined, but the calendar year, regardless of the day you signed up. Ensure that you renew your membership before it expires at the end of the calendar year. This will allow us to continue working our great programs with the increased per capita received, and our voice on Capital Hill grows even stronger than it is today.
Our organization was founded on the premise that all those serving in the US Armed Forces during times of national crisis, regardless of place of service, are eligible to belong to The American Legion. Our membership is based on period of service, not place of service. To be eligible for membership in The American Legion, you need to have been assigned to at least one day of federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces [Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard] any time during these eligibility periods as determined by U.S. Government, and received an honorable discharge, discharge under honorable conditions, or currently serving in one of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Also Eligible: Merchant Marines from December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945
The American Legion was founded and incorporated in 1919 as a war-time veterans organization. It was chartered by Congress on this basis. Our membership eligibility dates above parallel dates set by Congress of war-time service.
National Guard and Reserve Veterans
Current and past members of the National Guard and Reserve may also be eligible for membership provided that they had periods of at least four months of duration for training in one or another of the aforementioned eligibility eras. Annual summer camps and weekend drills do not constitute eligible periods of service. Active duty is the key to Legion membership. A person need not have served overseas to be eligible, but must possess an Honorable Discharge (DD Form 214)
Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to the Post 39 Membership Committee: Membership applications are available at the Post or:
- Print and complete the American Legion membership application
- Prepare an annual dues check for $45.00 payable to American Legion Eber Duclo Post 39.
- If you are currently on Active Duty, present your valid military identification card (Common Access Card) at the Post, otherwise, provide a copy of your DD214 to ascertain membership eligibility. Please black-out your Social Security Number on the copy.
- Mail or deliver the application and dues to:
American Legion Eber Duclo Post 39
634 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
- If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be provided to you.
Acceptable Proof of Service Documentation
- Form DD214 (Official discharge certificate)
- Official “Honorable Discharge” certificate
- Form DD1300 (Official military death certificate)
- Official record of burial in a military cemetery issued by the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Current or former military ID card
- Current or former LES (Leave and Earnings Statement)
- Official logbook entries from a military unit
- ANY OTHER DOCUMENT LISTED ON THE Military Service Verification Documents List
Veterans applying for transfers from their current Post to Post 39 must submit the following:
- Completed Member Data Form
- Copy of your DD 214
- Copy of your current Membership Card
- The annual membership dues for American Legion Eber Duclo Post 39 is currently $45.00. Send Membership Dues payment if the current year's dues have not been paid. If the current dues have been paid, please pay dues for next year's membership.
For any questions please contact the Membership Chairman, or stop by the Post.