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Membership in the Auxiliary is limited to women who have direct personal connection with service in World Wars I and II, the Korean or Vietnam War, or conflicts in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama or Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Gulf War/War on Terrorism. This service is through a member of one’s own immediate family who served in the Armed Forces during those wars or conflicts, or through one’s own service with the Armed Forces. Upon establishment of eligibility, such women may become members of a local Unit of the Auxiliary. A member of a local Unit is also a member of the Department and the National Organization, just as a citizen of Chicago is also a citizen of Illinois and of the United States. By payment of dues in the local Unit, a member also contributes to the support of the Department and the National Organization.

Eligibility Requirements
All women who are eligible for membership in the Auxiliary fall into one of the following categories.

1. The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great- granddaughters and grandmothers of members of The American Legion.

2. The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during any of the eligibility periods listed on the next page and who died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after such service.

3. The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great- granddaughters and grandmothers of those who were citizens of the United States and who served during any of the eligibility periods listed on the next page in the Armed Forces of any of the governments who were allies of the United States and who died in the line of duty during such service, or who, having received an Honorable Discharge, died after such service.

4. Women who are eligible for membership in The American Legion in their own right.

Eligibility Periods World War I
World War II
U.S. Merchant Marines Korea
Vietnam
Lebanon/Grenada
Panama
Gulf War/War on Terrorism

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 August 2, 1990 until cessation of hostilities