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Change opens American Legion membership to more veterans

A recent change in membership rules means many veterans in Forsyth County and across the country are now eligible to join the American Legion.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service, or LEGION, Act, which declares that the United States has been at a state of war since the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The change means up to 6 million veterans across the country can now access Legion programming and benefits.

“Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing do and it is long overdue,” National Commander Brett Reistad said in a news release. “The families of those who were killed or wounded during these wartime acts should take pride in knowing that we recognize their sacrifice and service. Moreover, we are proud to welcome any of the 6 million living veterans from the previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’”

According to the organization, the change means “The American Legion’s eligibility criteria immediately changes from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government.”

American Legion Post 307 of Cumming meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police building at 248 Castleberry Industrial Drive.

Those interested in joining are encouraged to bring a certificate of release or discharge from active duty form and can find more information at or by calling Post 307 Information Officer John Arant at 770-887-5708.