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More veterans can now join the American Legion
September 6, 2019

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To the editor:

On July 30, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Legion Act. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved S-504 without amendments and the President signed the bill into law immediately.

The Act fundamentally changed the eligibility requirements for membership in the American Legion. Prior to the Legion Act, honorably discharged United States military veterans could only become members of the American Legion if they served during one or more of seven hostile campaigns whose dates were established by Congress. The Legion Act changed this requirement to two military campaigns: World War I from April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 and World War II and beyond from Dec. 7, 1941 to present or until the War on Terror is concluded.

By putting the Legion Act into law, the United States Congress recognized the ultimate sacrifices of about 1,600 service men and women who laid down their lives in the defense of our Country for Freedom and Liberty in the times between the seven campaigns, referred to as the Cold War. Data indicates that about 6,000,000 million honorably discharged veterans are now eligible to become members of the American Legion. The Act further opens the membership of descendants of veterans and other family members to the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary.

As the Commander of the American Legion Post 90 in Cape Coral, Florida, I encourage all veterans to consider joining an American Legion Post wherever they live. The American Legion is a great organization that aids not only veterans in time of need, but the citizens of the local communities that it serves. I urge Cape Coral veterans to come and visit and join Post 90 which serves the Cape Coral community.

Nickolas Napolitano, Commander

American Legion Post 90

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