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 servicemembers and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001..

In Garden City, Mich., in 1993, Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles. Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, sharing their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, and how to gain Membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "American Legion Riders." Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family. 

Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities.

Visit the National American Legion Riders website here.

History of the American Legion

An organization of U.S. war veterans The American Legion was founded after World War Iin Paris on March 15-17, 1919, by delegates from combat and service units of the American Expeditionary Force. A national charter was granted to it by the U.S. Congress on September 16, 1919; the charter was later amended to admit veterans of World War II (1942), the Korean War (1950), the Vietnam War   (1966), the Lebanon, Grenada, and Panama hostilities (1990), and Operation Desert Shield/Storm (1991). Nonpolitical and nonsectarian, the American Legion's membership requirement is honorable service and an honorable discharge. Its annual conventions are among the largest volunteer group meetings in the United States. The national headquarters are in Indianapolis, Indiana.

One of the Legion's major concerns has always been the care of disabled and sick veterans;  it was instrumental in establishing hospitals and other services for World War Iveterans, services that have been expanded to meet the needs of veterans of later wars. 

It champions compensation and pensions for the disabled and for widows and orphans.  The Legion successfully sponsored the creation of the U.S. Veterans Administration in 1930.  In 1944 it played an important role in the enactment of the GI Bill of Rights for World War II veterans, and later in supporting similar legislation for Korean War veterans. These measures afforded college or vocational training to more than 10,500,000 veterans and enabled more than 5,600,000 veterans to purchase homes under the loan provisions of the act.

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION

IMPORTANT: EVERYONE MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF DD 214 OR DISCHARGE.

New Membership

Eligible veterans applying for first time membership must submit the following information to Post Membership Committee:

1. Complete American Legion Membership application (Application)

Print two (2) completed copies.  Keep one copy for your records.  Mail the other copy to the address on the application, together with your dues payment. (Dues amount on application).  Applications are available at the Post.)

2. Copy of DD214 or Discharge

3. Membership Dues Payment. Dues. (Amount Shown on Application).  Make checks payable to our Post listed above.

Do not send cash!

4. If the information is correct, membership will be approved and then a membership card will be mailed to you.

5. Please see eligibility dates below.

 

Transfers

Veterans applying for transfers from your current Post to our Post must submit the following:

  1. Completed Member Data Form.
  2. COPY OF DD214 OR DISCHARGE
  3. COPY OF MEMBERSHIP CARD
  4. Membership dues payment, if current year dues are not paid. If current dues are paid, please pay dues for next year's membership.

 

Membership Eligibility

Eligibility is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:

  • (April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
  • (December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946) World War II
  • (June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955) Korean War
  • (February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
  • (August 24, 1982 - July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
  • (December 20, 1989 - January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
  • (August 2, 1990 - Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm


Because eligibility dates remain open, all 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.

Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates below and honorably discharged or still serving honorably.

For any questions please contact our membership chairman, or stop at the Post.

The Haggin Grant Post 521 is located 
14 miles North of downtown Sacramento at:

6700 8th St, Rio Linda, CA 95673
916-991-9921

 

Directions: 

From the North or Sacramento Metro Airport

Take I-5 South towards Sacramento. Take the 99 70 north exit and immediatly exit on Elkhorn BLVD east (right) continue straight on Elkhorn BLVD. Make a left on Rio Linda BLVD. Turn Right at the Archway onto M Street. Turn Right on 8th Street The American Legion Post 521 is on the Left side of the street. Parking lot on the Right hand side of street is for member and guest parking.

 

From the West/Bay Area:

Take I-80 East towards Sacramento. In West Sacramento keep right to take I-80 East towards Reno (not 50 Lake Tahoe) to North I-5. Take the 99/70 (Marysville Yuba City) exit and immediatly exit on Elkhorn BLVD east (right) continue straight on Elkhorn BLVD. Make a left on Rio Linda BLVD. Turn Right at the Archway onto M Street. Turn Right on 8th Street The American Legion Post 521 is on the Left side of the street. Parking lot on the Right hand side of street is for member and guest parking.

 

From the South:

Take I-5 North. Take the 99/70 (Marysville Yuba City) exit and immediatly exit on Elkhorn BLVD east (right) continue straight on Elkhorn BLVD. Make a left on Rio Linda BLVD. Turn Right at the Archway onto M Street. Turn Right on 8th Street The American Legion Post 521 is on the Left side of the street. Parking lot on the Right hand side of street is for member and guest parking.