LEGION

Emblem_RL

Membership Application

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.

Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 History

American Legion Post 1040 was erected on the site of the old Elsmere Grade School. The Post building was dedicated on October 10,1931. The building is named for Nathaniel Adams Blanchard. He is belived to be the last American Service member killed in action in World War I in France. His unit was Co. G. 307th INF.77th Division. He was killed at the end of the Meuse Argonne Offensive on November 9, 1918. His body was returned to Delmar and he rests in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Some 14,246 Americans lost there lives in Meuse-Argonne Offensive. They are buried in the American Cemetery in Arrgone, France.

 

WHY JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION?

Do you remember when your unit was under fire? You were scared. You didn’t know whether you would ever get home again, see your family, your loved ones. And the only thing that you could count on in that instant was your buddy. And you knew he was counting on you too.   Your buddy still needs you!!!

Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who never saw combat. Do you remember the tediousness of garrison life? Do you remember the interminable hurry up and wait? Do you remember the inane make-work projects you were ordered to do? But your buddy was always there along side you, making the wise-crack, helping you make it though each day, maybe even covering for you on occasion.   Your buddy still needs you!!!

Maybe your buddy is in one of the VA hospitals; his war wounds and/or time have taken its toll on his body. Maybe he or she is a young veteran, just discharged from service in the Gulf War or Bosnia and is having difficulty finding a civilian job. Maybe your buddy is just an ordinary guy or gal like yourself, wanting to share stories and comradeship with someone who was in a similar situation.   Your buddy still needs you!!!  

The American Legion is the place for you to help your buddy and for your buddy to help you. Founded in 1918, it is the largest veteran’s organization in the United States with over 3 million members. Your buddy still needs you!!!

We are veterans just like you. We care about America, our fellow veterans, our families and our children. As a member of our Post  we continue to serve our God, our Country and our Community. Our Post needs you now.

Our Legionnaires participate in many community activities such as parades, memorials, dedications, etc.

We have a funeral honor guard detail ready, willing and able at the family’s request. Our funeral detail is available to all veterans. When requested, we are also available to help other veteran organizations with their memorials.

We sponsor local students to participate in Boy State, sponsor scholarships to better educate our children, and sponsor BSA Troop 58..

 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:

1. Complete American Legion Membership application by clicking on “APPLICATION” button.

Print two (2) completed copies.  Keep one copy for your records. Mail the other copy to above address, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application).  Applications are also available at the Post.)

2. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE

3. Membership Dues Payment. Dues. (Amount Shown on Application). Make checks payable to our Post listed above. DO NOT SEND CASH.

4. If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be mailed to you.

5. Please see eligibility dates below.

TRANSFERS:

Veterans applying for transfers from your current Post to our Post must submit the following:

 Completed Member Data Form.   COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE   COPY OF MEMBERSHIP CARD

6. Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year’s membership.

ELIGIBILITY DATES

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILTY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:

(April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
(December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946) World War II
(June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955) Korean War
(February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
(August 24, 1982 – July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
(December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
(August 2, 1990 – Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Because eligibility dates remain open, all 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.

Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates below and honorably discharged or still serving honorably. :

For any questions please contact our membership chairman, or stop at the Post.

Comments are closed.