Post 233 - Elk Grove
Sons of the American Legion
Sons Membership Eligibility Requirements

All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of  The
American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in Service
during World I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon,
Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War and the War on Terrorism, during the
delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution
of The American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge
from such service, shall be eligible for Membership in the Sons of The
American Legion.

There shall be no forms or class of membership except an active membership.

The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization
within The American Legion The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages
whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and
became eligible for membership in The American Legion. 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 4.2 million members.
This year, Sons attained an all time high national membership of over 358,000.
The largest Detachment, Pennsylvania, has over 59,000 members. Trophies
and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest
membership and the largest increase in membership. Just as each Legion post
determines the extent of its service to the community, state and nation, each
S.A.L. squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to
meet its own needs. The S.A.L. has study programs recommended for younger
members. One such program, called "The Ten Ideals," teaches the elements
of patriotism, health, knowledge, training, honor, faith, helpfulness, courtesy,
reverence and comradeship. If a member completes the Ten Ideals program,
he is eligible to continue with another program called the "Five-Point Program
of Service." This program covers patriotism, citizenship, discipline, leadership
and legionism.

Sons focus on much more than just membership. At all levels, Sons support
The American Legion in promoting a wide variety of programs. Sons assist
their posts in other activities such as Veterans programs, Veterans
Administration home and hospital volunteerism, Children Youth projects and
fundraising. Since 1988, The Sons have raised more than $6.9 million for The
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Members have volunteered over
1.3 million hours to date in Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and
raised over $2,500,000 that has gone directly to VA hospitals and VA homes
for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment and clothing for
the patients.

There are many men who are members of both The American Legion and the
Sons of The American Legion. Often, these individuals started out as young
members of the Sons. Then, when they were old enough to serve the military,
they also became eligible to join The Legion. Such individuals are known within
our organization as dual members. The Sons of The American Legion is one of
many organizations that sponsors and supports the Citizens Flag Alliance, a
coalition formed to secure flag protection legislation through an amendment to
the U.S. Constitution. S.A.L. volunteers work to establish local networks by
having petitions available and handing out informational material. They alert
their communities to the importance of respect for the flag and they encourage
flag education programs in schools and other local organizations.n