The American Legion is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (19) – a veteran’s organization permitted to conduct social and welfare activities for its members. Established more than 100 years ago, at the end of WWI, the American Legion (Legion) has about 1.8 million members. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and is organized into 55 departments, one for each of the 50 states along with DC, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Phillipines.
There are two types of membership: regular active and paid up for life. Regular Active membership dues vary (but are about $40 annually) because each post determines their own dues rate. However, if a veteran joins through the Legion headquarters, a special introductory rate is provided and the new member is assigned to the post in which state he/she resides. Paid up for Life membership is about $1,400. Read more