American Legion membership made widely available

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

In a significant legislative victory for The American Legion, President Trump signed a bill July 30 that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941. This declaration now opens the American Legion to anyone who served at least one day of active duty since that date to join the largest veteran's organization in the world. The families of over 1600 service members who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared wars are also now eligible to join the auxiliary organizations of the American Legion. The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.

All current active duty military are eligible for membership. Location of active duty service is not a consideration for membership. Even if you only have served in the National Guard or Reserves you are eligible. In the mid-60's it was determined that all basic training and occupational training schools were considered federal active duty service since you are on Title 10 status during initial training.

Gautreau-Williams Post 81 in Gonzales is immediately accepting new applications for eligible veterans. As long as you have served at least one day of federal active duty since December 7, 1941, you are eligible for membership. For more information please leave a message for the Adjutant at 225-644-1978 or contact the Membership Chair, 1st Vice Commander Tanya Whitney at 225-612-0805.

Contributed by Gautreau-Williams Post 81 in Gonzales, Louisiana