Sons of The American Legion
What is the SAL?
SAL is Sons of the American Legion. Together, the Sons, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion Riders 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. This year, the Sons will strive to attain a national membership of over 300,000. Our Family's combined total membership is nearly 4 million members.
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.
The male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who served during World War I, or any period from December 7, 1941 to Today.
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, or any period from December 7, 1941 to Today.
What are the Active Duty Service Eligibility Dates?
Potential SAL 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
All others December 7, 1941 - Today (eligibility period remains open)