May 17, 2017
Ankeny DMACC Campus, FFA Enrichment
June 2-4, 2017
Holiday Inn Mercy Campus - Des Moines
deadline May 15, 2017
August 18-24, 2017
deadline June 15, 2017
July 21-23, 2017
Holiday Inn Airport - Des Moines
October 29 - November 3,
Application deadline July 1, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Iowa State Fair Veterans’ Parade
Registration deadline July 23, 2017
VA Community Care Warns of Veterans Choice Program (VCP)
Phone Line Impostor
The VA is distributing a fact sheet dated April 27,
2017 warning of a phone line impostor in the Veterans Choice Program.
VCP Phone Line Impostor
It has come to VA’s attention that a phone line has
been set up by an unknown party to potentially "mimic" the VCP phone
line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who
inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly. VA wants you to know that
they are taking this seriously and will work to keep you aware of the
steps they are taking. VHA Office of Community Care (VHA CC) has
reported the “mimic” line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a
possible civil or criminal investigation.
“Mimic” Phone Line
The phone line established to “mimic” the VCP phone
line is 1-800-606-8198. You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone
• The phone line offers callers a $100 rebate if the
caller provides a credit card.
• The phone line does not state the caller has reached U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line.
Be aware that this phone number incorrectly confirms callers had reach
the VCP if the caller asks that question.
VCP Phone Line
The correct VCP phone line is 1-866-606-8198. This
line is for Veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask
questions about the program. If you are unsure if you have reached the
correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone
line will state the called has reach the U.S. Department of Veterans
Department in the Spotlight
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is featured as the
Department in the Spotlight on The American Legion national website.
Click here for the story.
National Commander's Membership Incentives
National Commander's Honor
Ribbon - American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt will award
his National Commander Honor Ribbon to any American Legion Family that achieves
100 percent membership by May 30, 2017. For this award, the Legion Family is
defined as a post and any combination of an Auxiliary unit, or Sons squadron.
Each branch must achieve 100 percent membership to qualify for the award.
National Commander's Pin
Incentive Program - Commander Schmidt will award his national commander pin
to any Legion member who obtains three new members into the Legion.
Certificate Incentive Program - Commander Schmidt will award his national
commander certificate to any Legion member who obtains one new members into the
Post Excellence Award - To
qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence
in four areas: membership, youth activities, community service and support to
currently serving troops or veterans.
here for details and application forms.
Legion leads memorial inventory effort
National commander calls on members to document, photograph and
upload into database all local military, veteran and war monuments and
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt is calling on all
posts, districts, counties, areas, zones, departments and affiliates of
the organization to help build an unparalleled database of memorials and
monuments that honor U.S. military service and sacrifice. The database
and uploading instructions can be found at www.legion.org/memorials on
the Legion’s national website.
Click here to learn more.
Legion of Iowa Electronic Newsletter
The American Legion,
Department of Iowa, has started an electronic newsletter. The newsletter
is produced twice per month, with special editions when necessary.
Subscribe today to get the latest information from the Department delivered
right to your email.
Click here to subscribe
$5,000 Accidental Death Benefit at NO COST to You
Legion Family members now have the opportunity to assure their enrollment in
LegionCare, the newly enhanced Accidental Death benefit available at No-Cost to
Legion Family members. LegionCare is a one-of-a-kind benefit. LegionCare
provides all Legion Family members with:
$5,000 in Accidental Death
Coverage for covered accidents that occur if you are traveling on official
$1,000 for all other covered
24/7 protection that covers
Legion Family members at home, at work and while they are traveling away
from home available for all Legion Family members in the Department.
IMPORTANT: All Legion Family
members must activate their $5,000 in protection in order to be covered. Legion
Family members may activate coverage by calling 800-235-6943 or by going online
Don’t let any of your fellow
Legionnaires let this opportunity pass them by. Please help ensure that all of
the members in your Post, Unit and Squadron are aware of this important benefit.
Click here to learn more.