Christmas Open House
Friday, December 4
3:00 - 6:00 pm
The American Legion
Important Notice: National Dues Increase
At the 2015 American Legion National Convention, a national per
capita dues increase of $5 was approved, raising the national dues from $13.50
to $18.50, effective January 21, 2016.
Dues transmitted by the Post to the Department of Iowa received
at Department on or before January 15, 2016 will be accepted at the old rate.
Transmittals received after January 15, 2016 will be processed at the new rate.
Only a post can set the per capita dues for its members. Linked
below is a Post Data Form to be submitted to the Department of Iowa if your post
wishes to increase its dues. All forms must be received on or before November
30, 2015 to be reflected on the January renewal notice mailed by National
Posts which have already submitted the Post Date Form may
disregard this notification.
Please return the enclosed form with updated dues and any other
post data changes to:
The American Legion, Department of Iowa
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Any questions regarding the dues increase should be directed to
Marcia Hoch, Membership Clerk, or John Derner, Department Adjutant at
515-282-5068. We will be happy to assist you.
Special Post Data Report
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.
Vets of Valor presented by First Class Credit Union
The Vets of Valor radiothon sponsored by KIOA 93.3 FM and First Class
Credit Union was a resounding success. This was the second year of
the radiothon with the time being doubled from 6 hours last year to 12
hours this year.
The 6 hours of extra time resulted in more than doubling of the donation
with the total pledged this year reaching $60,000. Our thanks go
to Senator Charles Grassley and Governor Terry Branstad who each came in
person to be live on the radiothon. In addition to them, Col (ret)
Robert King, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans
Affairs joined us. Another highlight was a call from Col. Todd
Jacobus to the show. Col. Jacobus is currently deployed with the
Iowa National Guard in Kosovo.
We cannot say thank you enough to First Class Credit Union and KIOA.
They have enabled The Iowa American Legion to assist many veterans and
families in the coming year.
Donations for One Year:
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 Rich Anderson at
515-232-7532 or Adjutant John Derner at 515-282-5068.
Claims Representative Job Description (PDF)
association of student councils: "Supporting those who serve us - take your
"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
Executive Committee Revises Guidelines for American Legion Riders Program in
At its June 27th meeting, The American Legion
Department Executive Committee (DEC) passed Resolutions 1 & 2 revising the
policies for the American Legion Riders in Iowa. The resolutions passed
were submitted to the DEC by the American Legion Riders (ALR) Committee of the
Internal Affairs Commission.
At the Mid-Winter meeting of the DEC, the ALR Committee was
instructed to review the Riders program in Iowa and make recommendations to the
DEC at the Spring meeting. Those recommendations came in the form of the
two resolutions presented to the DEC.
The ALR Committee plans to discuss the resolutions with the
Chapters at the Department Convention ALR meeting to be held on Saturday, July
18, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott in the Waterloo Room at 10:00 am.
Click here for copies of the
resolutions with supporting documentation.
Improvement Project Grants
American Legion posts with improvement projects and veterans in
need with necessary home repairs are eligible to receive grants from The Home
Depot Foundation, a longtime supporter of The American Legion. The Home Depot
Foundation announced at National Convention last summer that it is dedicating no
less than $1 million for American Legion projects throughout the country.
Click here for 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
$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
$1,000 for all other covered
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.