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The future depends on renewals and new memberships

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In recent months, The American Legion has generated substantial public awareness from coast to coast. Isolated, disabled veterans have been helped through American Legion Buddy Checks, which continue. Dozens of local posts have conducted emergency blood drives to fill critical needs at hospitals. Legionnaires have made protective masks, distributed supplies, fed families and inspired the nation.

“This does not happen without an incredible membership of dedicated military veterans and their families who know what it takes to succeed in a life-and-death mission,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford says. “New members help us expand our outreach and allow us to serve more people who need our help. Renewals give us the privilege of keeping up our services functioning, no matter how circumstances change.”

Oxford is urging members to renew in The American Legion today, asking former members to rejoin and inviting all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to become Legionnaires now when communities need the unique skills, compassion and mission readiness of those who have served in uniform.

Secure, convenient online membership renewal can be completed online at All honorably discharged veterans who have served since Dec. 7, 1941, are now eligible to join The American Legion and can do so safely and easily at

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.