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Since our charter on June 28, 1923, American Legion La Mesa Post 282 has been welcoming personnel from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces whether Active Duty, Retired, and Veterans of all uniformed services regardless of where you may have served.  Also eligible for membership in the American Legion family are males of any age whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible at the time of their service for American Legion membership in the SONS OF THE LEGION (see tab); as well as the mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, or great grand-daughter of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and who were eligible at the time of their service for American Legion membership can join the AUXILIARY (see tab).  Members can also join any of the other Veterans organizations that are present in our facility per your eligibility.  Because we have other veterans organizations in the facility, we affectionately refer to ourselves as the La Mesa Veterans Club. 

We are a very active establishment with reasonable prices.  You will meet fellow Legionnaires and those of our Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion; shipmates of VFW O.K. Ingram Ship 1774 and its Auxiliary; members of AMVETS Post 1775; members of Air Force Sergeants Association San Diego and Imperial County Chapter 1365; and active duty veterans who may be visiting us.  Membership applications for all of the organizations are available at the Post.  You are strongly encouraged to join us so we may fulfill our mission to better serve the needs of the community and the veterans of La Mesa.

We are a community gathering place who welcomes all who may be eligible.  Your membership and participation allows us all to continue serving God, Country, and Community.  Our local mission is to provide comraderie, low cost meals, entertainment, and various programs that assist veterans and family members all while embodying the goals of the American Legion Preamble as stated below:

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Meal Times at the Post!
Open Daily
Wednesday - $6 Dinners & Karaoke @ 6 pm
Friday – $8 Dinner & Dancing @ 6pm
Saturday – $5 Lunch with Lenny, 11am to 3 pm
Sunday - $5.  Differing home cooked food menu, open 10 AM
Monday Night Football 5 PM., $5.  Differing home cooked food menu
Thursday Night Football 5 PM, $5.  Differing menu and potluck meals 
Sunday Football, Canteen opens 10 AM
Post Telephone # (619) 469-6064
Several Big Screen TV's to watch game shows, Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Football, Basketball, etc.

NOTE  that as of 1 Jan 2016, active duty military and their guests as well as members of ANY OTHER Veterans organization such as Navy League, Air Force Association, Disabled American Veterans, Legion of Honor, etc., can be served alcohol in any Veterans Club (per recently adopted California law) without signing a guest register or having someone escort you.   


2018 Golf Tournament Photos




Karaoke with Terry-oke

Wednesday & Saturday @ 6 PM

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We are now distributing the Calendar and other issues of interest via email  

For those that have an email address, we are now distributing the calendar and other issues of interest. We do not share email addresses.  If you would like to receive information about your Post, please provide your email address to the Commander at: jporath1@roadrunner.com

Not eligible to be a member or are someone who would like to contribute? Want to help the La Mesa community veterans? You may donate directly to us BY MAIL TO: American Legion Post #282, P.O. Box 265, La Mesa, CA 91944-0265 or by using the donation button on this web page.  You may also join our Post as a Sponsor (for details, click Sponsors tab on the left).  Fully 100% of the monies raised are used for veterans’ needs and issues.  Your donations help us sponsor such as youth programs and scholarships, flags for the Memorial, aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families, our Vietnam Memorial's upkeep, and otherwise help us to continue the financial support to worthy community programs and projects.

To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the La Mesa community:  Join our Post as a Booster or Sponsor (if a business, we will provide a link to your business).  100% of the monies raised are given back to the community.  Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.  Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for children, and give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families.  

Thank You for your Donations! 


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We Have An Outstanding Hall Facility!

 Parties, Meetings...

Welcome VFW and AMVETS


Link to the VFW O.K. Ingram Ship 1774 - Web Site




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