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Since the American Legion La Mesa Post 282 charter on June 28, 1923, we have been welcoming personnel from all uniformed branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.  We welcome you now whether you are Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Veteran, or Retired regardless of where in the world you may have served, whether a member of another veteran's organization, or family member.  Because La Mesa Post 282 hosts all other La Mesa-based veteran organizations in our facility, we affectionately call ourselves the La Mesa Veterans Club where we conduct family-friendly events and food offerings.   

We are a very active establishment with reasonable, suggested 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 (male and female); members of AMVETS Post 1775; members of Air Force Sergeants Association San Diego and Imperial County Chapter 1365; members of other veterans organizations; and the active duty personnel who visit us. 

The American Legion family include the Auxiliary (females), Sons of the American Legion (SAL), and Legion Riders (male and female).  An Auxiliary (see TAB) eligible person is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, granddaughter, and/or a direct descendant of a veteran who served our great country during times of war or conflict as defined by the American Legion (living or deceased).  Female veteran members of the VFW and American Legion are also eligible for the Auxiliary.  The Sons of the American Legion (see TAB) is a male of any age who is a direct descendant, adopted son/stepson of a member of The American Legion and/or such male descendants of a veteran who served our great country during times of war as defined by the American Legion and who was eligible for American Legion membership at time of death based on dates of service.  The descendant need not be living at time of application.  American Legion male members can also me an active member of SAL and often do join both.  The Legion Riders is a Program of the American Legion but not yet formed at our Post.  

If you are interested in leading or assisting with the formation of a Legion Riders Chapter, please contact the American Legion Commander or an officer of the Post 282.  Legion Riders's membership comprises the entire American Legion family who ride motorcycles as well as members of other organizations who wish to also join the Legion.  

Our members often belong to one or more of the veterans organizations that may be present in our facility based on individual eligibility.  Persons who have this multiple membership do it for reasons related to the desire to assist other organizations, benefits, travel, and sense of belonging since the Programs do somewhat differ.  La Mesa Veterans Club membership do not care to which organization another belongs; "we are all together.".   Eligible persons 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.  Keep in mind also, that membership helps retain the benefits we have earned that each Congress attempts to reduce.  Membership applications for all of the organizations present in our facility are available at the Post.   To those who may be interested, please visit us at any time of the day.  

We are a community gathering place who welcomes all.  Your membership and participation allow us all to continue serving God, Country, and Community.  Our local mission is to provide comraderie, a support base for the veteran and family within the local community, low cost meals, entertainment, counseling, various programs that assist the community, and to otherwise serve veterans and family members while embodying the goals of the American Legion Preamble as stated below:

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For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purpose: 

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

to maintain law and order;

to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;

to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state and nation;

to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

to make right the master of might;

to promote peace and good will on earth;

to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;

to consecrate and sanctify your comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


Meal Times at the Post!
Open Daily, 11:00 a.m.; exception Mondays and Tusdays when we open 3:00 p.m..
Wednesday - $7 Dinners & Karaoke @ 6 pm
Friday – $9 Dinner & Dancing @ 6pm
Saturday – $5 Lunch with Lenny, 11am to 3 pm
Sunday - $5.  Differing home cooked food menu, open 10 AM (with football); 12 noon when no football
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night food items as may be available, cooked by bartender.  Phone for information.  
Post Telephone # (619) 469-6064
Several Big Screen TV's to watch game shows, Soccer, Baseball, Golf, Football, Basketball, etc.  We have the Direct TV NFL package and welcome all to watch your favorite team.  

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.   


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 desire and have an email address, we are 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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 Parties, Meetings...

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