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Article IV: Membership
Section 1. Any person who served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces of the
United States of America at any time after Sept. 15, 1940, is eligible for regular
membership in AMVETS, provided such service when terminated by discharge or
release from active duty is by honorable discharge, honorable separation or general
discharge under honorable conditions. Any American citizen, as an American citizen,
who served in the Armed Forces of an Allied nation of the United States at any time after
Sept. 15, 1940, and before May 8, 1975, is eligible for regular membership in AMVETS,
provided such service when terminated by discharge or release from active duty is by
honorable discharge or honorable separation. No person who is a member of, or who
advocates the principles of, any organization believing in, or working for the overthrow of
the United States government by force, and no American citizen or permanent resident
alien in the United States, one of its territories, possessions or the District of Columbia
who refuses to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States shall be
privileged to become, or continue to be, a member of this organization. All United States
reservists and national guardsmen who are now serving, or have been honorably
discharged since Sept. 15, 1940, are eligible for regular membership in AMVETS,
provided such service when terminated by discharge or release is by honorable
discharge or honorable separation.
Section 2. Honorary memberships shall not be granted. In lieu thereof, certificates of
merit may be awarded, or a suitable inscribed award given, to those rendering distinct
service to the community and to the American veterans who have served or are serving
in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II. Such awards
may be made by posts, intermediate administrative groups, state departments, the
National Executive Committee, the national department or the national convention.
Awards by posts and intermediate administrative groups must be approved by
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department executive committees. No member of AMVETS shall be entitled to receive a
certificate of merit.
Section 3. No member shall be a member of more than one post at one and the same
time.
Section 4. Any member of AMVETS classified as a member-at-large may not hold an
elected or appointed office at any level in the AMVET organization.
Section 5. Membership shall run from January 1 through December 31. All AMVETS
subordinate organizations shall maintain the same calendar year for their membership.
Eligibility for membership and the rights and privileges of members shall be as provided
in the constitution and by-laws of AMVETS and the terms of membership and
requirements for holding office within AMVETS shall not be discriminatory on the basis of
race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Section 6. There shall be but one type of membership as described in Section 1 of this
article.



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