American Legion Auxiliary
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. The American Legion Auxiliary consists of male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion. Through its 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and its ideals.
Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Auxiliary Membership
Eligibility for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is determined by The American Legion. Membership in the auxiliary is limited to those who have a direct personal connection (mothers, spouse, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, and grandmothers) with active-duty service (see dates below). This service is through a member of one’s own immediate family who served in the Armed Forces. Upon establishment of eligibility, they may become a member of the local unit of the auxiliary. A member of the local unit is also a member of the department and national organization, just as a citizen of Chicago is also a citizen of Illinois, and of the United States. By payment of dues in the local unit, a member also contributes to the support of the department and the national organization.
Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the:
- grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion; and
- grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who served in either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 and any time after December 7, 1941 who, being a citizen of the United States at the time of their entry therein served on active duty in the Armed Forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge;
- grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during either of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; and any time after December 7, 1941, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States during either eligibility periods and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge; and
- to those women who of their own right are eligible for membership in The American Legion.
There are two classes of membership:
Senior: Adult over the age of 18, provided, however, that a wife under the age of 18 is eligible under Article 3 Section 1 of the American Legion Constitution shall be classed as a senior. Annual dues are $35.00.
Junior: Children up to age 18. Annual dues are $5.00
To join Unit 10 Auxiliary, bring in or mail dues and required documentation directly to the post to the attention of Carol Long.
You can fill out application here
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