About the Sons of the American Legion
Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the
service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.
SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or
grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion
membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary
and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which
has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.
Although Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a
separate entity. Rather, SAL is a program of The American Legion.
Many Legionnaires hold dual membership in the SAL.
The Sons organization is divided into detachments at the state
level and squadrons at the local level. A squadron pairs with a local American
Legion post; a squadron’s charter is contingent upon its parent post’s charter.
However, squadrons can determine the extent of their services to the community, state and nation. They are permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet their needs, but just remember the SAL’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Since 1988, the SAL has raised more than $5 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.
SAL members have volunteered over 250,000 hours at veterans
hospitals and raised over $915,688 for VA hospitals and VA homes. The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the
U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.
Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of
veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The
American Legion" for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of
America; to maintain law and order;
to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism;
to preserve the memories of our former members and the
associations of our members and our forefathers in the Great Wars;
to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth;
to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.