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National Commander Schmidt to Visit Iowa

National Commander Charles Schmidt will take a two-day tour of Iowa on July 7 and 8. This will be Commander Schmidt's only visit to Iowa this year and will be devoted to thanking some of those that have performed well this year and made his year successful.

The itinerary for Commander Schmidt's visit is below. All the posts that he is visiting have reached and surpassed their membership growth goal this year. He will also have a chance to meet our Department Oratorical Champion, Caleb Gipple of New Sharon, during his visit to Pella.

All of the events but particularly the post visits are open to all members of the Legion family and any member of the public that wishes to meet Commander Schmidt and listen to the Commander's remarks. Sixth district Commander Don Swan deserves everyone's thanks for arranging the itinerary under the guidance of Department Commander Rochholz and Membership Chairman Etzel.

July 7

9:00-11:00: Des Moines VA Medical Center, 3600 30th St, Des Moines
11:15-12:15: Highland Park Post 374, 3712 2nd Ave, Des Moines
12:30-1:30: Hispanic Post #731, 1511 S Union, Des Moines
1:45-2:45: Baldwin-Patterson Post #274, 2211 E 42nd St, Des Moines
3:00-4:00: Van Veen-Van Hemert Post #89, 829 Broadway St, Pella

July 8

9:30-12:00: Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit St, Marshalltown
12:30-2:30: Vets of Valor Ride, Frank Lewis Glick Post #46, 1301 S 6th St, Marshalltown
4:00-5:00: Cumming Post #562, 113 N 44th St, Cumming

Saturday, July 8


Register from 9 am - 11 am

Zylstra Harley Davidson, 1930 E 13th St, Ames

Kickstands up at 11:30

Ride ends in Marshalltown

American Legion Post #46, 1301 S 6th St

$25 Registration Fee

Lunch included

The Authority band plays 2-5 pm

100% of registration fee is a donation to the American Legion


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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

"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)

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)

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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