The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's State Headquarters is in St. Paul, with an additional claims office at the Federal Building at Ft. Snelling.
Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces between --
April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World
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