Membership

Department Membership Reports

Membership Report Cover (PDF)
Membership Report (PDF)

For more information, contact Department Headquarters

Membership Eligibility Dates

If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving – you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!

Member Benefits

FREE Accidental Death and Dismemberment Policy

The American Legion of Iowa offers a FREE $1000.00 AD&D policy to all our members through the Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT).  However, your No Cost coverage is not automatic; you must ENROLL NOW to take advantage of this $1000.00 No Cost To You Accident Benefit!  Simply call 800-235-6943 to enroll in the plan or to check your enrollment status.  You may also enroll or verify your enrollment at www.theLIT.com.  In addition, The Legionnaire Insurance trust  provides other insurance plans for members to purchase.

Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT)

The non-profit Legionnaire Insurance Trust (LIT) offers participating American Legion members the opportunity to obtain high-quality Department endorsed insurance products at rates that reflect the massive group buying power of the Legion Departments.

Visit www.thelit.com for more information on products and services offered by the Legionnaire Insurance Trust.

Show Legionnaires in your Post the valuable, economical insurance products available to them through the Legionnaire Insurance Trust! It’s easy!

VA Benefit Assistance

Each American Legion Post has access to a fully accredited Service Officer to help you and your family obtain the full VA benefits to which you are entitled.

Employees of the Department Service Office have a thorough knowledge of VA regulations and instructions, and are familiar with the broad spectrum of VA programs and operations.  The Service office is responsible for providing assistance and representation in any claim for VA benefits.

Veteran Representation

The Legion maintains a fully staffed office in Washington, DC to represent you in Congress on all legislation concerning veterans and their families.  The Department of Iowa also has a Legislative Commission to monitor legislation in Iowa.

Monthly Magazine and Bi-monthly Newspaper

You’ll receive a full year’s subscription to The American Legion Magazine and The Iowa Legionnaire.  Each issue is packed with news, articles, and stories designed for America’s veterans.

Member Benefits Partners

The American Legion offers many other discounts through our member benefits partners.  CLICK HERE for more information on the following discounts:

 Automobile Rental
Financial & Insurance
Moving & Relocation
Home Services
Medical
Travel & Lodging
Miscellaneous

Paid Up For Life - PUFL
The Paid Up For Life program has been revised and the application process streamlined.

Current members may now enroll in the Paid Up For Life program online or can print a personalized application and mail in their payment. Pay in full or choose 12 monthly installments.
•No more renewal notices.No more paying annual dues.
•No more worrying, “Did I renew my membership or not?”
•Join the other 200,000 PUFL Legionnaires in saying, “I believe in The American Legion and what it’s doing. I’m in this for the long haul.”
•Avoid future dues increases. No matter what inflation does, you never have to pay another penny in dues.
•Lifetime subscription to The American Legion Magazine!

Each Paid Up For Life member receives a permanent plastic card, as well as an annual paper card to verify continuing membership in The American Legion. The annual card is mailed in July of each year.

To get your Paid Up For Life membership now,click the link below and get your personalized offer.

http://www.legion.org/join/pufl

For more information about the Paid Up For Life program, contact customer service at (800) 433-3318.

Recruiting Awards & Incentives

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

“I Got One” Pin

Awarded to any member who recruits at least one new member. “X” and “V” attachments are available for members who recruit five (5) and ten (10) new members. Pins are ordered by the Post Adjutant using the Membership Recruiting Pins Order Form provided by Department.

Iowa Membership Pin

Awarded to any member who recruits new members or renews current members for a combined total of ten (10). Pins are ordered by the Post Adjutant using the Membership Recruiting Pins Order Form provided by Department.

Silver Brigade

Any member who recruits twenty-five (25) to forty-nine (49) new members into The American Legion before the National May Goal date, will qualify for the award. A Silver pin and certificate will be awarded. Certification forms are available on request from the District Membership Chairmen or Department.

Gold Brigade

Any member who recruits at least fifty (50) new members before the National May Goal date, will be enrolled in the Gold Brigade. First time qualifiers receive a Gold Brigade cap pin, certificate, a Gold Brigade patch, and choice of a jacket, or sweater, or polo shirt with the Gold Brigade logo. Special recognition is given in American Legion publications and by the National Commander at the National Convention. Certification forms are available on request from District Membership Chairmen Department.

Department of Iowa Recruiter of the Year

Awarded to the Legionnaire in the Department of Iowa who recruits the most new members before the Department May Goal date. The top recruiter will be awarded a plaque with their accomplishment inscribed thereon. Certification forms are available on request from District Membership Chairmen or Department.

National Recruiter of the Year

Awarded to the Legionnaire nationally who recruits the most new members before the National May Goal date. Certification forms are available on request from District Membership Chairmen or Department.

Growth Goal Voucher

Each Legionnaire of a 100% Goal Post present at the Department of Iowa Mid-Winter Conference will receive a voucher to cover their registration fee for the conference.

Bob Kerschenske Department of Iowa Recruiter Memorial Award

Awarded to the Legionnaire who recruits the most new members thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

 

POST MEMBERSHIP TROPHIES

Commander’s Membership Sweepstakes

Awarded to the two (2) Posts that show the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership.

R.J. Laird Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of less than five hundred (500) population.

B.A. Webster Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of five hundred (500) to one thousand (1,000) population.

C.B. Robbins Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of one thousand and one (1,001) to two thousand (2,000) population.

R.A. McGinnis Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of two thousand and one (2,001) to three thousand (3,000) population.

Daniel F. Steck Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase ore their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of three thousand and one (3,001) to four thousand (4,000) population.

B.L. Halligan Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase ore their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of four thousand and one (4,001) to five thousand (5,000) population.

Ray Murphy Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase ore their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of five thousand and one (5,001) to ten thousand (10,000) population.

James F. Barton Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities of ten thousand and one (10,001) to fifty thousand (50,000) population.

Service Club of Des Moines Trophy

Awarded to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership. For Posts in communities over fifty thousand (50,000) population

 

POST AWARDS

Target Stars

Three (3) are awarded per Post when the Post reaches their membership goal. The Post Commander, Adjutant and Membership Chairman each receive a 100% pin.

Post Growth Award

Awarded to any Post that has had one (1) or more new members than the previous year, for ten (10) years or more, thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

Road Runner Plaque

Awarded to any Post that reaches 105% of their membership goal for a given year. Plaques are normally awarded during the District Spring Conference, but can be earned by reaching 105%, thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

Post Honor Ribbon

Awarded to any Post that reaches 100% of their membership goal by December 31st. As an example: If a Post’s 2019 membership goal is one hundred (100), they must reach 100% by December 31, 2018. Awards are made at the District Spring Conference.

All-Time High Ribbon

Awarded to any Post that exceeds their previous all-time high. Ribbons are normally awarded during the District Spring Conference but can be earned by exceeding the all-time high by thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

Certificate of Meritorious Service

Awarded to any Post that exceeds their previous all-time high by December 31st. Awards are made at the District Spring Conference.

5 Year All-Time High Award

Awarded to any Post that has achieved five (5) or more consecutive years of all-time high membership. A Post must reach an all-time high thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention. Award will be presented at the Department Convention.

COUNTY MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

Target Stars

Three (3) are awarded per County when the County reaches their membership goal.

Blue Ribbon

Awarded to each Post of a County after all Posts in the County reach goal. Ribbons are normally awarded during the District Spring Conference.

**Unless otherwise specified, deadlines for all awards above is thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP TROPHIES

Robert W. Colflesh Trophy

Presented each year to the Post with the highest growth goal percentage, in the District in 1st  place in the Department membership standings by November 11th place (Veterans Day). The Trophy will be presented at the Department Mid-Winter Conference.

Rear of the Horse Award

Awarded to the Commander of the first District to reach it’s membership goal each year. Award will be presented at the Department Convention.

Spafford Trophy

Awarded each year to the Post that shows the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Trophy will be presented at the Department Convention.

Front of the Horse Award

Awarded to the Department Vice Commander with the highest membership goal percentage of their assigned Districts, thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Examples are: If a Department Vice Commander has two (2) assigned Districts, both District goal percentages would be added together then divided by two (2). Or if a Department Vice Commander had only one assigned District, only that District’s goal percentage would be used. Award will be presented at the Department Convention.

**Unless otherwise specified, deadlines for all awards above is thirty (30) days prior to the Department of Iowa Convention.

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

Target Stars

Three (3) are awarded per District when the District reaches their membership goal, prior to June 30.

District Honor Ribbon

Awarded to a District exceeding their previous year’s membership by the number of Posts within the District by the Department May Goal date.

American Legion Gold Watches

Awarded to the District Commander and Membership Chairman of the District with the highest membership goal percentage thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Watches will be presented at the Department Convention.

Unity Award

Awarded to the District with the highest combined membership goal percentage of their Legion, Auxiliary and SAL, as of the Past District Commanders Membership Rally, typically held in November. Award will be presented at the Department Convention.

National Commander's Incentive Program

American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford will award his national commander “A Foundation for the Future” membership excellence pin to any Legionnaire who obtains three new members into The American Legion.

A new member is any eligible person joining for the 2020 membership year who was not a member of The American Legion during the 2019 membership year.

Each member listed must be eligible for membership in The American Legion. Forward names of Sons of The American Legion members or Auxiliary members to your detachment or unit for use in their respective incentive programs.

Only one pin will be awarded per individual. Upon receipt, national membership staff will confirm the names and mail the pin directly to the person who earned it.

Download the form: “A Foundation for the Future” incentive pin form PDF document

More Incentives

Post Excellence Award

The American Legion’s Post Excellence Awarded has added new criteria. To now qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, submission of the Consolidated Post Report (CPR), sharing of post history, and community activity.

The purposes of this award is membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the youth of the community, and increased visibility of the American Legion Family through service projects. A post achieving this qualification will have had numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals. Many posts are most likely already active in these areas and will qualify without extra effort. Others, however, will need to increase their efforts in one or more areas to qualify for the award.

To find updated standards, please refer to National’s Guidelines Here.

Online Transmittals

The “Process Membership” feature in myLegion allows American Legion Post Officers to renew, add new members and transfer-in existing members from other Posts. (NOTE: Posts can only transfer-in members that dues are being paid for.) This feature utilizes electronic payment methods via myLegion and eliminates the need for Post Officers to send the National/Department portion of the (3-part) membership cards and paper-checks to the Department Headquarters office.

Electronic check (Echeck) is the only payment method available when using this feature. The account must be a valid business checking or savings account held with a US Bank. Credit card payments are only accepted for foreign posts outside of the US that do not have a checking/savings account with a US Bank.

Each dues payment charged for a member is the sum of the National Per Capita plus Department Per Capita in effect at the time of the transaction. National Headquarters will handle payment of the Department Per Capita back to the Department Headquarters office.