Hoosier Legionnaires can now pre-pay their membership dues for 10 years for a one-time payment of only $350.00 or just $35.00 per year. This innovative membership program will protect Legionnaires from future dues increases while providing convenience and peace of mind that they won’t see renewal notice for the next decade. Hoosier Legionnaires whom have already paid their 2019-2020 membership dues are also eligible to participate in this program by paying a pro-rated payment of $315.00. This Department of Indiana program is purely voluntary for posts – those posts that participate in the 10 Year Long-Term Membership Program will receive a $5.00 credit per participating member in their department membership account.
If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
Q1: Why was the 10-Year Membership program created?
A1: The program was created for several reasons, the first of which is retention. Membership is the life-blood of The American Legion and retaining our members is of high importance. A 10-year membership option allows members to “set it and forget it” by locking in their membership at a discounted rate without the need to renew for a decade.
Q2: Am I eligible for the 10-Year Membership program?
A2: All American Legion members in good standing are eligible for the program. Members that are currently paid-up for this membership year are still eligible with a pro-rated payment of $315. SAL and Auxiliary are not currently eligible for this program.
Q3: How much does the 10-Year Membership program cost?
A3: The program offers a discounted membership rate of $35 per year for 10 years totaling $350. The average rate for membership in Indiana is $45 per year, making this program a competitive option for members to lock in discounted rates.
Q4: How the 10-Year Membership program different from paid up for life?
A4: Paid-up-for-Life, or PUFL, basis payment by the age of the member. Gulf War and Post 9/11 veterans sometimes pay more than $1,000 for their life membership. While this option makes sense for some, a discounted rate of $350 for 10-years makes sense for others.
Q5: What are the advantages in participating in the 10-Year Membership program over traditional annual membership?
A5: Advantages of the program include locking in the discounted rate of $35 per year for 10 years; “Set it and forget it” no need to renew membership for a decade as your membership will be automatically renewed by the Department of Indiana and your Post; Protect yourself from future dues increases, your $35 per year rate is paid up front and will not be effected by potential Department and National per capita dues increases.
Q6: What if there is a dues increase during my 10-Year Membership plan?
A6: The Centennial Strong Membership plan offers a 10-Year-Membership plan at a reduced rate, $35.00 per year for 10 years in the amount of $350. This offer is backed by the Department Finance Committee to insulate members and Posts from feeling the effects of future dues increases. The $350 rate is locked in, regardless of potential National and Department per capita dues increases.
Q7: Can I transfer my membership while participating in the 10-Year Membership program?
A7: As long as your transfer is within the state of Indiana, your 10-Year Membership plan will stay active. 10-Year Membership is only valid to Hoosier Legionnaires. Department Headquarters WILL NOT offer a refund if you choose to move out of the state within the duration of your plan.
Q8: What if my Post closes while I participate in the 10-Year Membership program?
A8: If a participating Posts closes during your 10-year Membership plan, contact The American Legion, Department of Indiana at 317-630-1300. The Department will work with you to transfer you into another participating Post to include Headquarters Post 777.
The American Legion, Department of Indiana, a voice for good, “We Change Lives.” We are a community of veterans still serving America in our local communities, and at the state and national levels. For God and Country, we are committed to the welfare of our fellow veterans and their families through financial, emotional and spiritual assistance. The American Legion is the world’s largest, most powerful voice for veterans at more than 2.2 million members strong nationwide and 84,000 in Indiana alone