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Val Likens Post Service Officer Award Nominations

Valore (Val) Likens, distinguished himself as the Department Service Officer for ‘many years,’ according to sources within the Iowa Legion. Upon news of his retirement in 1985, Iowa Veterans Home Deputy Director Al McNaughton, recommended an award be named after Likens, as a reminder of all the good that service officers do for the veterans of Iowa. The Department Executive Committee officially passed the motion in July 1986.

Val Likens Nomination Form for the Val Likens Award are mailed annually to each Iowa American Legion Post Adjutant.

Please return the completed application by January 30, in time for judging at Mid-Winter Conference. Send nominations to:

Iowa American Legion Service Office

Federal Building, Room 561

210 Walnut St

Des Moines, IA  50309

Mid Winter Conference

February 12-14, 2016

Airport Holiday Inn, Des Moines

Job Opening


The American Legion, Department of Iowa, is currently seeking a Claims Representative for our Service Office.  This is a full time position with benefits in our office located in the Federal Building at 210 Locust Street in Des Moines, Iowa.  Obtain a job description and application by following the links below.  Questions about the position may be directed to Service Officer Gary Carter at 515-323-7532 or Adjutant John Derner at 515-282-5068.


Claims Representative Job Description (PDF)

Job Application (PDF)

American Bombshells to Entertain at Mid-Winter Conference

The featured entertainment for the 2016 Mid-Winter Conference is the American Bombshells. The American Bombshells Patriotic Services (ABPS) is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to serve and honor our nation's military, veterans, first responders and their families.

The American Bombshells come from all over the globe but are based out of New York City. The ladies are a modern day twist on The Andrews Sisters and serve as ambassadors of America's gratitude to our nation’s heroes. Their magnificent three-part harmony, timeless look, and high-energy performance leave every audience member young and old proud to be an American.

Admission to the concert is included with your Mid-Winter Conference registration fee. Those not previously registered will be asked to pay a $10 registration fee.

In addition to the Mid-Winter Conference, the American Bombshells will perform a free concert at the Iowa Veterans Home, sponsored by The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and The American Legion of Iowa Foundation.

See the Bombshells in action:

Iowa association of student councils: "Supporting those who serve us - take your turn"

"There is no truer representation of a country, than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it" . . . Tom Clancy. The Iowa Association of Student Councils (IASC) is teaming up with The American Legion of Iowa Foundation in order to provide our service men and women with the support and honor that they deserve. The 2015-2016 IASC project is a way for student councils across the state to show veterans, current citizens in the military, and military families THEIR appreciation for veterans. Students are being encouraged to partner up with their local American Legion Post for ideas and insight. Student councils are urged to partner and report their events to the local American Legion. To find out more about the Iowa Association of Students Councils, visit their website at

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 program now improved!

The Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT) is pleased to announce some important changes to the LegionCare program.

The first of these exciting updates – starting for enrollments after 1/1/2015, anyone enrolled in LegionCare will be covered for as long as they remain a member of The Legion Family. No need to re-enroll every 5 years!

The second change, and what we think is the most important - All “Legion Family” members – Legion, senior ALA, and senior SAL – in good standing are now eligible for the coverage.  The Legionnaire Insurance Trust has been working hard to provide valuable benefits to your entire family and we look forward to continuing to serve  veterans’ insurance needs.

Every eligible “Legion Family” member may enroll, but the member must sign-up to be covered.  Please spread the word about these exciting changes to LegionCare.


LegionCare:  $5,000 Accidental Death Benefit at NO COST to You

Legionnaires now have the opportunity to assure their enrollment in LegionCare, the newly enhanced Accidental Death benefit available at No-Cost to Legionnaires. LegionCare is a one-of-a-kind benefit offered exclusively to Legionnaires. LegionCare provides all Legionnaires 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 Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are traveling away from home available for all Legionnaires in your Department.

IMPORTANT: All Legionnaires must activate their $5,000 in protection in order to be covered. Post Adjutants should provide members with an enrollment postcards when processing membership. The Adjutants are also asked to provide the postcards to Paid Up For Life (PUFL) members.  Legionnaires may also activate their coverage 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 are aware of this important benefit.


Click here to learn more.

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