112 STAT. 1374 PUBLIC LAW 105-225 —AUG. 12, 1998 CHAPTER 1303—LEGION OF VALOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED Sec 130301. Organization. 130302. Pnnciples and purposes. 130303. Membership. 130304. Governing body. 130305. Powers. 130306. Restrictions. 130307. Principal office. 130308. Records and inspection. 130309. Service of process. 130310. Liability for acts of officers and agents. 130311. Distribution of assets on dissolution or final liquidation. §130301. Organization (a) FEDERAL CHARTER.— Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Incorporated (in this chapter, the "corporation"), is a federally chartered corporation. (b) PLACE OF INCORPORATION AND DOMICILE. —The corporation is declared to be incorporated and domiciled in the District of Columbia. (c) PERPETUAL EXISTENCE. — Except as otherwise provided, the corporation has perpetual existence. (d) REFERENCES TO ARMY AND NAVY LEGION OF VALOR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED.—Any reference to the Army and Navy Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Incorporated, is deemed to refer to the Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Incorporated. § 130302. Principles and purposes (a) PRINCIPLES.—The principles underlying the corporation are patriotic allegiance to the United States of America, fidelity to the constitution and laws of the United States, the security of civil liberty, and the permanence of free institutions. (b) PURPOSES. —The purposes of the corporation are— (1) to cherish the memories of the valiant deeds in arms for which the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and the Air Force Cross are the insignia; (2) to promote true fellowship among its members; (3) to advance the best interests of members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America; (4) to extend all possible relief to needy members of the corporation and their widows and children; and (5) to stimulate patriotism in the minds of our youth by encouraging the study of the patriotic, military, and naval history of our Nation. §130303. Membership (a) ELIGIBILITY. —An individual is eligible for active membership in the corporation if the individual— (1) is of good moral character; and (2) has received a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Distinguished Service Cross, a Navy Cross, or an Air Force Cross awarded for acts of extraordinary heroism in connection with military or naval operations against an armed enemy, or for heroism of a specially distinguished character, as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or any foreign country.