July 21-23, 2017
Holiday Inn Airport - Des Moines
Monday, August 14, 2017
Iowa State Fair Veterans’ Parade
Registration deadline July 23, 2017
August 18-24, 2017
deadline June 15, 2017
System Worth Saving Town Hall Meeting
Veterans in the Iowa City/Coralville area: The American Legion is hosting a
town hall meeting to hear your health care experiences at the Iowa City VA
Health Care System. The town hall meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Monday,
June 19, at the Walter Johnson American Legion Post 721, 901 Second Avenue,
Coralville, Iowa. All veterans receiving care at the Iowa City VA Health Care
System are invited to attend and share their experiences. American Legion
representatives and VA staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Click here for more information.
System Worth Saving Poster (PDF)
"Publication Style Guide" Release by The American Legion
The American Legion National Headquarters just released a “Publication Style
The style guide has been developed to assist American Legion staff and
volunteers to be as consistent as possible in all written communications. The
ultimate goal is for articles, press releases, social media posts, brochures,
booklets and other published material to have a uniform style. It is designed to
offer guidance as to established norms, and is highly recommended for use at
every level of the organization.
• quick tips
• the use of abbreviations, acronyms and capitalization
• military terms and ranks
In most circumstances, The American Legion follows AP style, as outlined in the
latest editions of The Associated Press Stylebook and Webster’s New World
Publication Style Guide (PDF)
October 29 - November 3,
Application deadline July 1, 2017
New M1 Garand Operation & Maintenance Guide and M1 Garand Website
The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (ARDEC)
has updated the operations and maintenance guidelines for the M1 Garand,
which now contains inspection procedures for both the Blank Firing
Adapter and Barrel. The update also includes information on the
physical security and inventory requirements for both rible and
ARDEC has released a website,
http://M1garandtraining.com . The website includes links to
the most current M1 maintenance guide and training videos.
Use the links below for additional information from the M1 Memorandum
and to download the new maintenance guide.
M1 Garand Memo (PDF)
M1 Garand Rifle Operation
& Maintenance Guide (PDF)
VA Community Care Warns of Veterans Choice Program (VCP)
Phone Line Impostor
The VA is distributing a fact sheet dated April 27,
2017 warning of a phone line impostor in the Veterans Choice Program.
VCP Phone Line Impostor
It has come to VA’s attention that a phone line has
been set up by an unknown party to potentially "mimic" the VCP phone
line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who
inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly. VA wants you to know that
they are taking this seriously and will work to keep you aware of the
steps they are taking. VHA Office of Community Care (VHA CC) has
reported the “mimic” line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a
possible civil or criminal investigation.
“Mimic” Phone Line
The phone line established to “mimic” the VCP phone
line is 1-800-606-8198. You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone
• The phone line offers callers a $100 rebate if the
caller provides a credit card.
• The phone line does not state the caller has reached U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line.
Be aware that this phone number incorrectly confirms callers had reach
the VCP if the caller asks that question.
VCP Phone Line
The correct VCP phone line is 1-866-606-8198. This
line is for Veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask
questions about the program. If you are unsure if you have reached the
correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone
line will state the called has reach the U.S. Department of Veterans
9/11 National Day of Service Grant Projects
1-time opportunity to apply for an American Legion Auxiliary $1,000 service
Application DEADLINE June 30
The American Legion Auxiliary has just been awarded a CNCS grant to make 50
awards of $1,000 each for 9/11 National Day of Service Projects.
Grants will be awarded for service projects and 9/11 remembrance activities that
must take place between Friday, September 8, 2017 and Wednesday, September 13,
2017. Each grant of $1,000 requires a $250 cash or in-kind services match
(making the grant total $1,250 on paper.) Applications are due June 30th
Click here for details and application.
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 subscribe
$5,000 Accidental Death Benefit at NO COST to You
Legion Family members now have the opportunity to assure their enrollment in
LegionCare, the newly enhanced Accidental Death benefit available at No-Cost to
Legion Family members. LegionCare is a one-of-a-kind benefit. LegionCare
provides all Legion Family members 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
Legion Family members at home, at work and while they are traveling away
from home available for all Legion Family members in the Department.
IMPORTANT: All Legion Family
members must activate their $5,000 in protection in order to be covered. Legion
Family members may activate coverage by calling 800-235-6943 or by going online
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, Unit and Squadron are aware of this important benefit.
Click here to learn more.