Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion. Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
The Detachment of Louisiana consists of approximately 1,600 members distributed between 50 Squadrons spread across the state of Louisiana. These Squadrons support their veterans and their local communities through activities such as Blood Drives, Flag Education, Childhood Safety, Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies, Nursing Homes and Veterans Hospital visits, donations to Boy Scouts, Thanksgiving Day Baskets, Easter Egg Hunts and Christmas Parties for Special Children and ROTC participation and promotion.
Membership in the S.A.L. is open to all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion. Also accepted are any such descendants of veterans who died in service during the eligibility periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of The American Legion or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service. Since the eligibility age begins from date of birth, activities and programs of squadrons are determined by age groups within squadrons and the needs of the community. Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state, and nation, so each squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs. The average age of an S.A.L. member is estimated at 33 years of age.