American Legion Post - Falls Church

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Editorial Review

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization.

The legion is a community-service organization that now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 posts worldwide. Its national headquarters is in Indianapolis.

Membership eligibility is based on honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces between:

  • April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918, for World War I;
  • Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946, for World War II;
  • June 25, 1950, and Jan. 31, 1955, for the Korean War;
  • Dec. 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975, for the Vietnam War;
  • Aug. 24, 1982, and July 31, 1984, for the Lebanon/Grenada conflicts;
  • Dec. 20, 1989, and Jan. 31, 1990, for Operation Just Cause in Panama;
  • Aug. 2, 1990, until the end of hostilities, as determined by the U.S. government, for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Gulf.