American Legion Saddleback Valley Post 862

About Us


The Saddleback Valley American Legion wants you!

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

By order of the United States Congress, Membership in the American Legion is open to all veterans, regardless of their service era.

Eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable service with the U.S. Armed Forces between --

April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918 (World War I)

December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946 (World War II)

December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945 (U.S. Merchant Marines)

June 25, 1950 and January 31, 1955 (Korean War)

February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)

August 24, 1982 and July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)

December 20, 1989 and January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause - Panama)

*Operation Desert Shield/August 2, 1990 to today (Persian Gulf)

*Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until cessation of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government.


Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion

For God and Country
we associate ourselves together 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 one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations 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 the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.