WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, that would extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II passed the Senate.
Currently, only veterans who served during periods of declared hostilities are able to join the American Legion. The bipartisan LEGION Act is supported by the American Legion and ensures the thousands of brave American veterans who fought for our country during unrecognized times of war are able to enjoy the full benefits of membership in the American Legion.
“For 100 years, The American Legion has fostered a community for servicemembers and veterans throughout our great nation,” said Senator Tillis. “The bipartisan LEGION Act will expand access to the American Legion to all veterans who served honorably, and I hope this legislation quickly passes the House and is signed into law soon.”
“Ensuring our veterans get the benefits they’ve earned isn’t a partisan issue, so I am glad to see both parties in the Senate come together to support our commonsense legislation. Senate passage puts us one step closer to opening up American Legion membership to thousands more brave former servicemembers. I’ll keep working with both parties to get this bipartisan bill through the U.S. House and signed into law,” said Senator Sinema.