District of Columbia — President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act, also known as the LEGION Act, into law Tuesday in the Oval Office at the White House. The bill signing will occur at approximately 4 PM EST. The bill allows for all military personnel who served active military duty during any recognized or unrecognized war period to be eligible to join the American Legion. Currently, the American Legion only allows membership for those who have served in either of the two World War’s, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada War, Panama War, or the Gulf War/War On Terror. Eligibility also requires an honorable discharge or current active duty service.
Introduced by Senator Kyrsten Sinema (R-AZ), the bill features 35 bipartisan co-sponsors and would include military personnel who have served active military duty anytime after December 7, 1941 as eligible for membership as long as they had an honorable discharge or are currently serving. Prior to the signing, the restrictions excluded 12 war eras that are supported by the American Legion, and its passage allows for those veterans to be eligible for membership. Additionally, it includes bans discrimination for holding a staff position within the American Legion based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In its mission statement, the American Legion prides itself for being “committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.” Notable American Legion programs include American Legion Baseball and the Operation Comfort Warriors program.