Cline, Correa Introduce Bipartisan LEGION Act; Seeks to Honor Servicemembers

March 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – H.R. 1641, the LEGION Act, was introduced Friday (March 8) by Congressmen Ben Cline (VA-06) and Lou Correa (CA-46). The bill, which would expand American Legion membership criteria to include all honorably discharged veterans who served during unrecognized times of war, was also co-sponsored by Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39).

“Veterans issues are America’s issues,” Cline said. “I am pleased to join my colleague Luis Correa on this bipartisan piece of legislation, which enables Congress to recognize the honorable military service of those who served during unrecognized periods of war. Paying tribute to these men and women and to the estimated 1,600 patriots who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country is fitting and right.”

“For 100 years the American Legion has provided critical resources and created a community for veterans,” Correa said. “This legislation will ensure that everyone who puts on the uniform has the privilege to join the Legions’ ranks. Regardless of when a servicemember served, every veteran is a hero and has earned our respect and full access to their benefits. This bill will ensure every veteran has the opportunity to join their brothers and sisters in arms in the American Legion.”

“The American Legion is thankful to Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) and Congressman Ben Cline (R-VA) for introducing the LEGION Act,” said American Legion Commander, Brett P. Reistad. “The LEGION Act will honor so many servicemembers who honorably served during unrecognized times of war, by allowing them to join The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization. Thanks to Rep. Correa and Rep. Cline for their outstanding leadership on this issue, particularly as The American Legion turns 100 years old on March 15th, 2019.”

Congressman Ben Cline became the 35th Congressman to represent the Sixth District of Virginia in 2019. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018. Cline lives in Rockbridge County with his wife and two daughters.