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Department Convention

July 21-23, 2017

Holiday Inn Airport - Des Moines

Monday, August 14, 2017

Iowa State Fair Veterans’ Parade

Registration deadline July 23, 2017

National Convention

August 18-24, 2017

Reno, Nevada

Registration deadline June 15, 2017

System Worth Saving Town Hall Meeting

Veterans in the Iowa City/Coralville area: The American Legion is hosting a town hall meeting to hear your health care experiences at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. The town hall meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the Walter Johnson American Legion Post 721, 901 Second Avenue, Coralville, Iowa. All veterans receiving care at the Iowa City VA Health Care System are invited to attend and share their experiences. American Legion representatives and VA staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Click here for more information.

System Worth Saving Poster (PDF)

"Publication Style Guide" Release by The American Legion

The American Legion National Headquarters just released a “Publication Style Guide”.

The style guide has been developed to assist American Legion staff and volunteers to be as consistent as possible in all written communications. The ultimate goal is for articles, press releases, social media posts, brochures, booklets and other published material to have a uniform style. It is designed to offer guidance as to established norms, and is highly recommended for use at every level of the organization.

Sections include:
• quick tips
• the use of abbreviations, acronyms and capitalization
• titles
• military terms and ranks

In most circumstances, The American Legion follows AP style, as outlined in the latest editions of The Associated Press Stylebook and Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

Legion Publication Style Guide (PDF)

2017 National Legion College 

October 29 - November 3, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Application deadline July 1, 2017

New M1 Garand Operation & Maintenance Guide and M1 Garand Website

The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (ARDEC) has updated the operations and maintenance guidelines for the M1 Garand, which now contains inspection procedures for both the Blank Firing Adapter and Barrel.  The update also includes information on the physical security and inventory requirements for both rible and ammunition.

ARDEC has released a website, .  The website includes links to the most current M1 maintenance guide and training videos.

Use the links below for additional information from the M1 Memorandum and to download the new maintenance guide.

M1 Garand Memo (PDF)

M1 Garand Rifle Operation & Maintenance Guide (PDF)

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 line when:

• 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 Affairs.

9/11 National Day of Service Grant Projects

1-time opportunity to apply for an American Legion Auxiliary $1,000 service project grant 

Application DEADLINE June 30

The American Legion Auxiliary has just been awarded a CNCS grant to make 50 awards of $1,000 each for 9/11 National Day of Service Projects.

Grants will be awarded for service projects and 9/11 remembrance activities that must take place between Friday, September 8, 2017 and Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Each grant of $1,000 requires a $250 cash or in-kind services match (making the grant total $1,250 on paper.) Applications are due June 30th .

Click here for details and application.

American 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.


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LegionCare:  $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 Legion business.

  • $1,000 for all other covered accidents.

  • 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 at


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.

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