Past Department Commander
The Department of Iowa regrets to inform the membership of the
passing of Past Department Commander Ivan Torkelson on Saturday,
September 13, 2014. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September
17 at 10:30AM at the Elgin Lutheran Church, 405 Franklin Street, Elgin,
IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 16 from 4-8PM at the church
and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday. Burial with military
honors in the Elgin cemetery will follow the services.
Torkelson served as Department Commander in 1997-98. He also served as
National Executive Committeeman from 2003-2005, Alternate National
Executive Committeeman from 1999-2003, Department Vice-Commander in
1974-75 and Fourth District Commander in 1971-72. He often spoke of
having grown up in American Legion posts as his parents were active in
the Legion and Auxiliary as part of the WW I generation and the fun that
he had in those posts over the years. He will be missed.
Claims Representative Job Opening at Service Office
The Department Service Office in Des Moines has an opening for a
full-time claims representative. This person works with veterans to
prepare and submit claims to the Veterans Administration for benefits.
Click on the links below for a job description and for an employment
application. Interested applicants may call the Department Headquarters at 800-365-8387
or the Department Service Office at 800-944-2039 for more information.
Claims Representative Job
Job Application (PDF)
District Conferences - September &
District Conferences are being held throughout the months of September and
October at nine locations around the state.
Click here for dates and locations.
The District Conferences provide an opportunity to learn about the programs for
this year. Your post should be represented in order to understand how you
can assist in these programs in your community. The conferences also
provide an occasion for members to meet District and Department officers and
chairmen and to hear first hand what The American Legion is doing on the
District, Department and National levels.
VA Medical Center Facility
Tours - September & October
Each year The American Legion of Iowa conducts an annual tour of
Affairs Medical Centers serving the veterans of Iowa. All Legion, Auxiliary, and SAL members are welcome to
participate. Click here for dates and
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
year, The American Legion of Iowa gives its Department
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to a
well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements
expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of
community service coupled with professional achievement. Nominations are due November 30.
Click here for details.
Firefighter of the Year
The American Legion
of Iowa will give its Department Firefighter of
the Year Award to a firefighter who has exceeded the requirements expected
of his or her position and has shown a distinct pattern of community service and
professional achievement. Nominations are due November 30.
Click here for details.
Hiring our Heroes Job
November 11, 2014
Iowa State Fairgrounds
4H Exhibits Building
3000 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
Click here for details
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 travelling 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
Donít 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.