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!
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.
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
Financial & Insurance
Moving & Relocation
Travel & Lodging
Paid Up For Life - PUFL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three per county. Sent when county reaches target.
Awarded to each post of a county after all posts reach target. Awarded at Spring Conference.
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.
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.
Membership & Recruiting Resources
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
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.
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.