How large is the Sons of The American Legion (SAL)
Each year since 1982, the Sons of The American Legion has set a new all-time high in membership. Currently, there are more than 223,000 members of the SAL in this country and abroad.
What is the administrative structure of the SAL
Every member of the SAL belongs to a Squadron somewhere. The Squadron is the basic level of membership in our organization. Different states (Detachments) use different ways of grouping numbers of Squadrons together. In most states, Squadrons are grouped geographically and report to their own Districts (also called Areas or Divisions). All Districts (or Areas or Divisions) report to the state headquarters, referred to as a Detachment. All state Detachements report to the National Headquarters. In addition to the 50 state Detachments in the U.S., there are also some foreign countries which are Detachments; Mexico, Puerto Rico, Philippines and France.
What is the main purpose of the SAL
mission of the SAL is to support veterans and their families and the policies
of our parent
When was the SAL founded
The American Legion established the Sons of The American Legion in 1932.
Why would someone want to join the SAL
Different people have different reasons for belonging to organizations. For many, membership in the SAL has allowed them to become involved in American Legion programs alongside their fathers. Others belong out of respect for their parents' and grandparents' service to our country in the military. Many younger members get involved and learn valuable leadership skills involving organization, public speaking, negotiating, budgeting and fundraising skills. Membership in our organization also provides individuals with opportunities to forge lifelong friendships with people who share a common bond.
Who runs the SAL
governing legislative body of the SAL is its National Convention. Detachments
Questions about the Child Welfare Foundation
What is the CWF
Child Welfare Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which has two
How does an organization get a grant from the CWF
organization interested in being considered for a CWF grant must obtain
How can I contact the CWF
Questions, comments and donations can be sent to:
The American Legion
What is a RAT and who wants to be known as a RAT
stands for Regional Action Team. It's made up of people who want to be
1) raise funds for the
How can I become a RAT
To become a Regional Action Team member, send a letter to the National Chairman of the CWF telling him who you are and why you think you'd make a good RAT. All RATs must be approved by the Chairman and the Foundation Board.
Does the CWF operate on a calendar year or a fiscal year
The CWF operates on a fiscal year, which runs from June 1st thru May 31st.
I hear the SAL is a major contributor to the CWF. Is this true
The Sons of The American Legion is the single largest contributor to the
If the SAL is such a large
contributor, why isn't there a
current CWF Constitution and By-Laws do not provide for the addition of
Can donations be made to the CWF as a memorial
Yes. Memorial certificates are made for donations of $20 or more. Donations of $300 or more are recognized with plaques.
My Squadron wants to get S.A.L./CWF
pins to sell. What is
Detachments, Districts, Squadrons and individual S.A.L. members can obtain CWF pins by sending $5/pin (20 pin minimum) to:
David Ridenour, National
Pins will be sent to you via UPS.
How can we get CWF collection
canisters, coffee cups and
the National Headquarters by phone: (317) 630-1202 and ask for the Child
Can we get awards for selling CWF items
Yes. Every year at the National Convention, the National Chairman gives out certificates to Detachments, Districts, Squadrons and individual members who have made significant donations to the CWF. Awards are also given out to recognize the Detachments which has made the largest per capita donations. These awards are given out at the National Convention:
- Garland R. Murphy,
Jr. Award - for the Detachment with the highest $$ donations
What is the CWF Walker Program
The Walker Program is a program for younger members and younger members at-heart. It's a program designed to help members raise money during parades, walkathons, etc.
How do I know if I'm eligible to join the SAL
in this organization is established through an individual's parents' or
grandparents' military service. Essentially, if your parents or grandparents
are (or were) eligible to join The American Legion, you would be eligible
to join the SAL of The American Legion.
S.A.L. members should use these dates
World War I
April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
Are girls or women eligible to join the SAL
No. Only males are eligible to join the Sons. Women who are veterans and are eligible to join The American Legion are welcome and encouraged to do so. The American Legion Auxiliary was established to provide Legion Family membership for female relatives of Legionnaires.
How can I sign up for the SAL
can contact the SAL in Princeton by contacting us at:
I am a member of The American
Legion. Can I also belong
Many veterans who are eligible for membership in The American Legion are
How much does it cost to belong to the Sons
for Princeton Squadron 216 are :
The American Legion offers
programs for honorary
really. Squadrons that want to honor an individual with an honorary membership
must take care of renewing
Can an SAL member sign up
a new Legion member and
Yes! The same applies to Auxiliary membership. As long as the necessary membership application is filled out and the prospective member provides a copy of his/her DD-214 discharge papers (this applies to Legion membership...prospective S.A.L. and Auxiliary members need to supply a copy of discharge papers for the relative through whom their eligibility is established) and they pay the appropriate amount for dues, simply submit these materials to the Legion or S.A.L. Adjutant. In fact...many members of the Sons like to carry around blank copies of membership applications for each of the Legion Family organizations, just in case.
How does The SAL assist veterans
number of possible responses to this question is infinite. Sons assist
veterans and their families in many, many ways. There are many programs
designed to aid current veterans.
Does the SAL have an interest in Fisher House
Yes! Fisher Houses
are much like the well-known Ronald McDonald Houses located
How can I become more involved in assisting with veterans'issues in my community
American Legion elects individuals to serve as Service Officers at the
local, District, state and national levels. There are many established
Legion programs to assist veterans.
What the heck is the National Update
National Update is the official newsletter of the Sons of The American Legion. It is printed and mailed out to members three times a year. A special issue is also printed at the site of the National Convention each year. The newsletter contains information of interest and importance to members at all levels of the organization. Each issue of the newsletter contains feature stories, news articles, messages from National Officers, updates from National Commissions and Committees. There are also pictures and newsclips from Squadrons and Detachments around the nation.
Why am I not getting my newsletter
There are many reasons why people might not be receiving a copy of the newsletter through the mail. They include:
most common reason is that the member has moved sometime in the recent
past and his change of address was not properly recorded at the Squadron,
District, Detachment or National level. The first person to check
with would be the Squadron Adjutant, to see if the Adjutant's records properly
reflect your current mailing address.
I've tried everything, but still no newsletter. What do I do now
Keep trying! We want to solve any problems we have with members' mailing addresses. In the meantime, it's possible to view an electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here.
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