S.A.L

Sons of the American Legion, (S.A.L.)
Squadron 555

The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within the 3 million member American Legion. The SAL is made up of approximately 360,000 males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military during a time of conflict and became
eligible for membership in The American Legion.

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Squadron 555 is currently small in number, but growing since the establishment of Post 555 in September 2014. It is within Division 2 of the 23rd District of Alabama.

We invite new qualified members to be a part of the Post 555 S.A.L. Squadron

Overview

The Legion currently has over 3 million members, in 15,000 Legion Posts worldwide. The Sons of The American Legion currently has over 360,000 members, in 1,500 Squadrons with the mission to:

  • Support veterans and their families.
  • Promote patriotism and Americanism.
  • Promote programs which benefit the youth of our country.

What is the SAL?

Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 3 million Legion family members. There are approximately 1,500 SAL Squadrons, with approximately 360,000 SAL members.

What is the main purpose of the Sons?

The mission of the Sons is to support veterans and their families and the policies of our parent organization, The American Legion. Virtually everything that involves the Sons could be grouped under three areas:

  1. Support for veterans and their families,
  2. Promoting patriotism and Americanism and
  3. Promoting programs which benefit the youth of our country.

Am I eligible to join?

To be eligible, you must be one of the following:

The male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a current member of The American Legion.

or …

The male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (see Eligibility Dates below).

or …

The male descendant (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died subsequent to (after) his or her honorable discharge from service in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War (see Eligibility Dates below).

I am a male descendant of a female veteran, does this make a difference?

All veterans are veterans. It makes no difference to your eligibility if you are qualifying through a male or a female veteran.

What are the Active Duty Service Eligibility Dates?

Potential S.A.L. members should use these dates to determine if their parents or grandparents are/were eligible for membership in The American Legion.

World War I

April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918

World War II

December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946

Korean War

June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955

Vietnam Era

February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975

Lebanon/Grenada

August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984

Panama

December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990

Persian Gulf

August 2, 1990 – (this eligibility period remains open)

I am eligible to join, now how do I prove it?

The American Legion establishes proof of eligibility based on a DD-214 form. The DD-214, or DD Form 214 is a document of the United States armed forces issued by the Department of Defense upon a military service member’s separation or discharge from the active duty military.

The full name of the document is “Defense Department Form 214”, however the document is often shortened to be called a DD-214, DD Form 214 or simply as a “sep doc”. A DD-214 is also commonly referred to as “Discharge Papers”, however this is slightly misleading as the document is more often issued for release from active duty and transfers to the inactive reserves than it is for final discharge from the military.

DD-214 is widely regarded as one of the most important documents in the military as it is a complete record of a service member’s time in the military, awards and medals, and other pertinent service information such as promotions, combat service or overseas service, and Military Occupational Specialty identifiers. DD-214 is commonly used by various government agencies, chief among them the Department of Veterans Affairs, to secure veteran benefits.

Where can I find the DD-214 form?

If the veteran through whom you qualify doesn’t already have their DD-214 form readily available then the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided a website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214 online: www.vetrecs.archives.gov. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes or for membership in The American Legion.

Veterans and the next of kin of deceased veterans may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can also be downloaded from the online web site. Because the person making the request will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.

Sons are encouraged to pass this information on to former military personnel and their dependents.

I have the DD-214 form, what’s next?

This is what you need to do to join the American Legion

Matthew Blount Post 555 SAL.

  1. Complete application form. Application Form– Click on for form
  2. Include copy of the veteran’s DD-214 or Discharge Certificate if available. If documents are not available, submit your application without documents and request for the DD-214 per above instructions. DD-214 can be submitted at a later date following submission of application.
  3. Check for $20 for new members payable to:
    “American Legion Post 555”
  4. Either mail the form and membership fee or bring to the next meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 1900 hours.

American Legion Post 555
50 Racquet Club Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124

If you have any questions, either send an email commander@alpost555.com or call our Office at (205)678-1375 and we will be happy to help you.