FAQ



How do I transfer my membership to Somerset Post 228?

The transfer process is really easy!  All you need to do is call or visit our post at 55 Roosevelt Avenue in Somerset and speak with an officer (either Steve Souza or Glenn Doup).  The process is simple!   You’ll need to provide your 9-digit Member ID Number and you should also be prepared to provide a copy of your DD214 (or similar) to verify your eligibility. After acceptance of your membership, we’ll submit the necessary paperwork to notify the Department (State) and National Headquarters of your transfer.

 

I know I need my 9-digit Member ID number to take advantage of member benefits or transfer to your post. If I don’t know my number, where can I find it?

Once you join The American Legion, you’re assigned a permanent 9-digit Member ID number that will remain yours as long as you’re a member. (If you ever transfer to our post from another post, always make sure to provide your original Member ID Number.) You’ll find the ID number on your membership card and it’s also the first 9 digits shown above your name on our magazine labels. (It always starts with a 1 or 2.)

 

I belong to Somerset Post 228 and renewed my membership online at the national website (legion.org). When will I get my membership card?

Thanks for taking advantage of the online renewal option on our national website! You should have received and, hopefully, printed the acknowledgement form showing your new membership card since it will serve as confirmation that your dues are paid. National Headquarters usually updates its records within 24-48 hours to reflect the dues payment. Your Department Headquarters is also notified and your Post Adjutant receives notification through the Post Officer’s version of the myLegion website. Your pre-printed annual membership card is at your Post and it should be forwarded to you after they review the notification of your renewal. If you don’t receive it in a timely manner, contact your Post Adjutant for assistance.

 

If I join online or submit a membership application to National Headquarters, will I belong to a local Post like Somerset Post 228?

When you first join The American Legion, through National Headquarters, your membership will be assigned to the Department (State) Headquarters Post in the state where you live. The HQ Posts are basically administrative posts only and there are no meetings or activities, although you’re entitled to the same membership benefits as anyone else, and can visit the local posts as a guest. Of course, you can choose to remain in the HQ Post but we recommend that you visit our Post in Somerset to apply for transfer (it’s easy…just talk to one of the officers like Steve or Glenn to get it started). It’s a great way to get involved with your local community!!

 

Why doesn’t my membership card reflect the total number of years I’ve been a member?

The annual card reflects your continuous years of membership… “continuous” being the key word here. If you miss even a single year of paying dues, your continuous years start over at one. However, if you think there’s a mistake, contact your Post Adjutant and if it’s confirmed there is an error, he can submit a request to correct your record.

 

How much does it cost to rent a Post for a special event, like a birthday or reception?

Our post offers our Hall at a discounted rate for our American Legion members.  You can rent the Hall for any occasion, for more information please refer to the Hall Rental page on our website.  Or you can call Glenn Doup, our Senior Vice Commander for more information.

 

When does my membership expire?

Your membership actually expires on December 31st of the paid year shown on your card. It can be a little confusing sometimes because your annual dues are supposed to be paid by January 1st each year so National starts accepting dues for the upcoming year on July 1st. The goal is to have everyone renewed for the New Year by January 1st, when it begins.

 

I paid my dues a while ago so why did I get another renewal notice?

Renewal notices are mailed from National Headquarters based the informationon our records at the time the notices are printed. So, although you may have paid your dues a month ago, or even longer, the National portion of your dues may not have reached our offices yet. Briefly, when you pay your dues to Somerset Post 228, we process your payment and keep a portion for our records; the balance is sent to your Department Headquarters with your membership card; and finally, the Department deducts its portion of your dues and then forwards the remaining balance and your membership card to National. Once National receives your dues and card, they usually have renewals processed within 48 hours of receipt. (New memberships take a little longer since they have to be hand-processed.)

If you look at the bottom right-hand corner of the renewal notice, you’ll see there is an “as of” date which tells you when the notice was printed. If you paid your dues sometime around that date, your dues and the renewal probably just crossed in the mail, and you shouldn’t receive another one for that membership year. BUT, if you paid well in advance of that “as of” date, then you should contact your Post Adjutant to verify the status of your renewal payment.

 

How much is a lifetime membership?

Our life membership program is called Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL). To find out how much it would cost for you to become a PUFL member, visit www.legion.org/pufl to get a personalized quote. You can print an application to mail in to National Headquarters, or just complete and submit your application online at the National website (legion.org)!

 

I never served in the military but can I still join? / My family member served on active duty so can I join under his/her service?

Membership is open only to men and women who served active duty in the US Armed Forces during specific periods designated as “war time” by the US Congress, and who have received an honorable discharge, or are still serving honorably. Eligible veterans would be able to provide a Form DD214 (or similar) to verify their eligibility. If you don’t meet these requirements, then we’re sorry, but you’re not eligible for membership.

It’s possible that you may be able to join one of the other organizations in the “Legion Family.” The Sons of The American Legion (SAL) is comprised of male descendants, adopted sons and step-sons of American Legion members. (There are no age limitations.) Many posts have an active SAL program and you can contact us to learn more!

Our sister organization is the American Legion Auxiliary. Eligibility is open to mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, grand-daughters, great-grand-daughters, or grandmothers of members of The American Legion, or of deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras. (Women who are eligible for membership in The American Legion are also eligibleto join the Auxiliary.) Visit their website at www.alaforveterans.org or you can reach their National Headquarters office by calling 317-569-4500.FAQ button