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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; Active Duty, Retired, and Veterans of any sex. 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 can join us (see SONS OF THE LEGION tab) as well as the mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother 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 us (see AUXILIARY tab).  Post 282, at times referred to the La Mesa Veterans Center, is a community gathering place who welcomes all eligible personnel. Your participation allows us all to continue serving God, Country, and Community. Our mission is to provide low cost meals, entertainment, many programs that assist others, all while embodying the goals of the American Legion Preamble as stated below:

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American Legion Annual Golf Tournament - Saturday October 13th


Karaoke with Terry-oke

Wednesday & Saturday @ 6 PM

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

NOTE  that as of 1 Jan 2016, active duty military and their guests as well as members of ANY OTHER Veterans organization such as the Navy League, Air Force Sergeants 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.  You do not need to be a member of the VFW, American Legion, etc., to visit our facility.  Your officially joining us, regardless of organization, would be appreciated, however, since funds earned helps fulfill our mission to the community and the veterans of La Mesa.  Your membership also helps provide a strong and united voice in protecting the benefits of the military.   

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 Post, 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.


Post Telephone # (619) 469-6064


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


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! 



We've just completed our new Veterans' Guide to Getting Hired. You can find the guide here: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/veterans-guide-to-getting-hired/

Overview of federal and private educational benefits available to servicemembers and their families. http://www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/military/


 --------Come down to the Canteen-------

We Have An Outstanding Hall Facility!

 Parties, Meetings...
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
Monday Night Football 5 PM.  Differing menu each Monday $5
Big Screen TV's - Come watch Family Feud, Baseball, Golf, Gonzaga Basketball
Saturday - Karaoke @ 6pm

Join us and see what the Auxiliary is working on. 


Welcome VFW and AMVETS


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




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