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S. 1568 (102nd): A bill to amend the Act incorporating the American Legion so as to redefine eligibility for membership therein.

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 2, 1991 (Passed Congress).


One Hundred Second Congress of the United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January,

one thousand nine hundred and ninety-one

An Act

To amend the Act incorporating The American Legion so as to redefine eligibility for

membership therein.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That section 5 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to incorporate The American Legion’, approved September 16, 1919 (41 Stat. 285; 36 U.S.C. 45), is hereby amended to read as follows:

    ‘SEC. 5. No person shall be a member of this corporation unless such person has served in the naval or military services of the United States at some time during any of the following periods: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918; December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946; June 25, 1950, to January 31, 1955; December 22, 1961, to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982, to July 31, 1984; December 20, 1989, to January 31, 1990; August 2, 1990, to the date of cessation of hostilities, as determined by the United States Government; all dates inclusive, or who, being a citizen of the United States at the time of entry therein, served in the military or naval service of any governments associated with the United States during said wars or hostilities: Provided, however, That such person shall have an honorable discharge or separation from such service or continues to serve honorably after any of the aforesaid terminal dates.’.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.