Membership eligibility in  The American Legion is determined by Congress through the establishment  of specific dates of declared hostilities in which U.S. military  personnel were activated. Since its founding in 1919, membership in The  American Legion has been open to veterans of World War I, World War II,  Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama and Gulf War/War on  Terrorism.
There are at least 12 known combat operations that  required an activated military personnel, such as the Cold War, Libyan  Conflict and Persian Gulf Conflicts, and resulted in about 1,600 U.S.  military men and women casualties. However, because these operations are  unrecognized by the U.S. government as a period of war, those who  served during these time frames are not eligible for membership in The American Legion.
The  American Legion’s National Executive Committee passed a resolution  during its annual Fall Meetings in Indianapolis Oct. 17 to change that.
Resolution  No. 1, "Unrecognized armed hostilities recognition," calls on Congress  to declare that the United States has been continuously engaged in a  state of war from December 7, 1941 to present, and for Congress to  direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to qualify a wartime veteran  as any military service personnel who served honorably under Title 10  for at least one day from December 7, 1941 to present.
Following the  passing of Resolution No. 1, the NEC adopted Resolution No. 2,  "Unrecognized armed hostilities membership date change," which will  change membership dates for The American Legion. This resolution will  only be put in motion once the actions of Resolution No. 1 are approved  by Congress. Once approved, membership in The American Legion will be  open to the following war periods: April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918, and  Dec. 7, 1941 to the date of cessation of armed hostilities as determined  by the U.S. government.
The American Legion believes that membership  in the organization should be extended to all U.S. military personnel  who served on active duty during the hostile events that are not seen as a period of war. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.