We are one of six Areas within the American Legion Department of California and California is one of fifty-five Departments within the American Legion. There is one Department for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Canada was merged into Department of New York several years ago.
Departments are organized into Areas which are divided into multiple Districts and the Districts consist of numerous Posts (typically the local cities within the District) of which the individual veteran members and their families participate in their various programs and fundraisers designed to help veterans and military families in need. The Department of California is a unified entity consisting of six Areas focused on and accomplishing the goal as described.
The map to the right shows the six Areas and the Districts within the Areas. You will find the Posts that are within the individuals Districts under the navigation bar above labeled “Districts.”
5th Area is led this year by Commander Clay Baxter and his team of officers, you can view here. The team consists of Commanders, Board Officers, Executive Officers, Commissioners and Committee Chairs.
The American Legion Family consist of
- Legionnaires: Membership in the American Legion is available to all Veterans and Active Duty Military who served in the Military during the time of war – WWII (Dec 7, 1941 – Dec 31, 1946), Korea (Jun 25, 1950 – Jan 31, 1955), Vietnam Feb 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975), Lebanon/Grenada (Aug 24, 1982 – Jul 31, 1984), Operation Just Cause – Panama (Dec 20, 1989 – Jan 31, 1990), Persian Gulf/War on Terrorism (Aug 2 1990 – Today).
> Founded in 1919, they are nearly 3 million strong and approximately 15,000 Posts
> find out more (National Website Here) – (Department of California Website Here).
- Auxiliary: Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and/or if the veteran is deceased, they were eligible to join the American Legion.
> Founded in 1919, they are nearly 1 million strong and over 10,000 Units
> find out more (National Auxiliary Website Here) – (Department of California Auxiliary Website Here).
- Sons of the American Legion: Membership in the SAL includes males of all ages whose parents or grandparents are members of The American Legion, and/or if the veteran is deceased, they were eligible to join the American Legion.
> A program of the American Legion, created in 1932, they are nearly 1/2 million strong
> find out more (National Sons Website Here) – (Department of California Sons Website Here).
- American Legion Riders: Membership is open to American Legion Family which includes Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons. Individual chapters are typically located at specified Posts within the Districts. American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children’s hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded service members and scholarships.
> Founded in 1993, they are over 100,000 strong and approximately 15,000 Posts
> find out more (National Riders Website Here) – (Department of California Riders Website Here).