New Law to Open American Legion Membership to Previously Ineligible Veterans | Law Firm Newswire

New Law to Open American Legion Membership to Previously Ineligible Veterans

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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2019 - Congress has passed the LEGION Act, which aims to increase the number of veterans who are eligible for membership in the American Legion. It is expected to be signed into law later this month.

The LEGION Act, which stands for the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act, will redefine eligibility periods used by the American Legion and allow hundreds of thousands of veterans who served during “peaceful” times between declared war eras. The American Legion eligibility period will now be from the bombing of Pearl Harbor through now and until the country is determined to no longer be in a state of war.

“This is an exciting new opportunity for veterans who should be recognized for their service to our country, no matter when they served,” says James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan and a veteran. “Membership in the American Legion has many benefits for veterans and everyone who served with honor should be able to benefit from the organization.”

Serving during those so-called “peaceful” times, such as during the Cold War, was not without risk to members of the military. There were over 1,600 troops killed during the previously ineligible eras and plenty of conflicts.

The American Legion is one of the largest and most respected veteran service organizations, with over two million members. The Congressionally chartered organization gives its members a social network as well as help with veteran-specific issues like disability claims. It is also one of the most influential groups interest groups in Washington, advocating on behalf of America’s servicemen and women.

The LEGION Act had bipartisan support in Congress and is expected to be signed into law with no issue.

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