Membership

  • Department Membership Goal As of 11-30-2018 76.07% 76.07%

Department Membership Reports

Membership Report Cover (PDF)
Membership Report (PDF)

For more information, contact Department Headquarters

National Commander's Incentive Program

American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad will award his national commander “Membership Excellence: Team 100” incentive pin to any Legion Family member who obtains three new members into The American Legion.

A new member is any eligible person joining for the 2019 membership year who was not a member of The American Legion during the 2018 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. Commander Reistad’s pin incentive program will end June 30, 2019, or when supplies are exhausted.

Commander’s Pin Form (PDF)

Membership Eligibility Dates
Any person shall be eligible for membership in The American Legion who was a member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force of the United States and assigned to active duty at some time during any of the following periods:

*April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
*December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
*June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955
*February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
*August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984
*December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990
*August 2, 1990 – Present
* all dates inclusive

Such service shall have been terminated by honorable discharge or honorable separation, or continued honorably after any of said periods.

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 that signs up one new member.  X and V attachment also available for 5 and 10 new members.  Order from Post Adjutant.

IOWA MEMBERSHIP PIN

Awarded to any member that signs up 5 new members or 10 renewals or combination thereof.  Order from Post Adjutant.

SILVER BRIGADE

Any member who recruits 25 to 49 NEW members into The American Legion before the May target date will qualify for this award. A silver pin and certificate will be awarded.  Certification forms are available from Department Headquarters.

GOLD BRIGADE

Any member that signs up at least 50 new members before the May target 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 from Department Headquarters.

DEPT. RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the person in the Dept. of Iowa that enrolls the most new members before the May target date.  Winner will be awarded a Plaque with his/her accomplishments inscribed thereon.  Certified by Post Adjutant.

NATIONAL RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to person nationally that signs- up the most new members before the May target date.

TARGET BASEBALL CAP

Each member of a target post present at Mid-Winter Conference will receive a baseball cap.

BOB KERSCHENSKE DEPARTMENT RECRUITER MEMORIAL AWARD

Awarded to person who recruits the most NEW members, 30 days prior to State Convention.

POST MEMBERSHIP TROPHIES

COMMANDER’S MEMBERSHIP SWEEPSTAKES

Awarded to the two posts that show the greatest numerical increase over their previous year’s membership.

R.J. LAIRD TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years.  For communities of less than 500 population.

B.A. WEBSTER TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years. For communities with from 501 to 1,000 population.

C.B. ROBBINS TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years. For communities with from 1,001 to 2,000 population.

R.A. McGINNIS TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years.  For communities with from 2,001 to 3,000 population.

DANIEL F. STECK TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years.  For communities with from 3,001 to 4,000 population.

B.L. HALLIGAN TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years.  For communities with from 4,001 to 5,000 population.

RAY MURPHY TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years. For communities with from 5,001 to 10,000 population.

JAMES F. BARTON TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years. For communities with from 10,001 to 50,000 population.

SERVICE CLUB OF DES MOINES TROPHY

Awarded to the post with the highest percentage of average membership for the previous four years. For communities with over 50,000 population.

POST AWARDS

TARGET STARS

Three per post.  Sent to Post Adjutant when post reaches target.  Commander and Adjutant will also receive 100% pins.

POST GROWTH AWARD

Awarded to any post that has had 1 or more members than the last year for 10 years or more. Figured 30 days prior to State Convention.

ROAD-RUNNER PLAQUE

Awarded to post that reaches 105% of target.  Awarded at Spring Conference. (June 30)

POST HONOR RIBBON

Awarded to post whose current year membership matches or  exceeds their membership on June 30,  by December 31.  Awarded at Spring Conference.

ALL-TIME HIGH RIBBON

Awarded to post that exceeds previous all time high membership, awarded at Spring Conference.

CERTIFICATE OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE

Awarded to post that exceeds previous all time high membership by December 31.  Awarded at Spring Conference.

5-YEAR ALL-TIME HIGH AWARD

Awarded to post that has achieved five or more consecutive years of all time high membership. Figured 30 days prior to State Convention.  Awarded at State Convention.

COUNTY AWARDS

TARGET STARS

Three per county.  Sent when county reaches target.

BLUE RIBBON

Awarded to each post of a county after all posts reach target.  Awarded at Spring Conference.

DISTRICT AWARDS

TARGET STARS

Three per district.

DISTRICT HONOR RIBBON

Awarded to each district exceeding its previous year’s membership by the number of posts in its district by May target date.

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP TROPHIES

ROBERT W. COLFLESH TROPHY

Awarded to the district with the highest percentage of assigned target by November 11.  Awarded at Mid-Winter Conference.

REAR OF THE HORSE AWARD

Awarded to the Commander of the first district to reach its assigned target.  Awarded at Department Convention.

SPAFFORD TROPHY

Won by the district and presented to the post which has the highest percentage of its four year average by 30 days prior to the Department Convention.

FRONT OF THE HORSE AWARD

Won by the district and earned by the Dept Vice Commander with the highest percentage of assigned districts.

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.

The standard to be achieved in each area is as follows:

Membership. Post membership must be at least one member greater than the previous year. At least one post officer attends district meetings.

Consolidated Post Report. CPRs must be submitted by July 1. The American Legion’s federal charter requires the submission of an annual report to Congress on activities for the year. MyLegion.org has made it simple for a post to submit its CPR in a timely manner.

Sharing of post history: The American Legion’s Centennial web page (www.legion.org/centennial) allows posts to convey its legacy by sharing historical photos, videos and print material. For instructions on how to create a post profile, click here https://www.legion.org/dispatch/217282/share-your-posts-legacy.

Community activity. The post must conduct an event that connects the local community with The American Legion post. The objective is to open your doors, welcome the community in, and educate them on what The American Legion is all about and how the post is an asset to the community. Posts do not need to have a physical building to accomplish this. This activity can be held in a park, a community center, or anywhere the post can welcome and interact with the local community.

The district commander responsible for the post will certify a post as having achieved the four specified criteria. The district commander will submit a list of posts meeting the criteria to department headquarters. That list should include the post name, phone number, address and commander’s name. If possible, accompany the last two criteria with copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects to show that the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the image of The American Legion through local media. The copy submitted should include a date and time stamp showing receipt by the media outlet.

Post Excellence Award (PDF)