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Open Vacancy – Programs Director:

The Department of Iowa currently has an opening for Programs Director at the Department Headquarters office in Des Moines.  Interested applicants should contact the Department Adjutant at 800-365-8387 or for a job description and application procedures.  Application deadline is October 23.

District Conferences

September - October

VA Facility Tours


Des Moines, Marshalltown, Iowa City

Finance & DEC Meetings

November 4, 2017

Department Headquarters

National Vice Commander Membership Tour & Past District Commanders' Rally

National Vice Commander Byron Callies will be part of a Fall membership round-up being held November 13-18, 2017.

We will visit 20 Posts and stop in 7 Districts, collecting memberships and visiting with Legionnaires along the way.

Click here for details.

Veterans Employment & Education Awards

The deadline for submittals to the Department Veterans Benefit Committee is October 15. It is important that the Post nominations are submitted by this time to ensure that they are considered for the Department and National Awards.

All entries must be accompanied by an official nomination form. The Department award selections will be entered in the national competition.

Categories awarded are as follows:

  1. Employer of Veterans Award *

  2. Employment Service Award (DVOP)

  3. Employment Service Award (LVER)

  4. Employment Service Award (Local Office)

  5. Employer of Older Workers Award

  6. Enhance the Lives of Disabled Person Award

  7. Micheal Guty Homeless Veterans Outreach Award

Click here for more details.

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year

Nomination packets must be completed and forwarded to Department November 30.
Click here for more details.

USAA $20,000 Salute Your Post Giveaway

In an effort to show support for The American Legion at a local level, USAA will be giving out $20,000 for a Legion Post the week of Veteran’s Day 2017. Both existing USAA members and non-USAA members can enter the sweepstakes at from July 22nd - October 31st. To enter the drawing, non-USAA members need to complete USAA eligibility by going to If you are already a USAA member, go to and login with your USAA username/password. The drawing will be held in early November and the winner will be able to select a local post to give $20,000 towards post improvements.

"Publication Style Guide" Release by The American Legion

The American Legion National Headquarters just released a “Publication Style Guide”.

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.

Sections include:
• quick tips
• the use of abbreviations, acronyms and capitalization
• titles
• 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 College Dictionary.

Legion Publication Style Guide (PDF)

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 ammunition.

ARDEC has released a website, .  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)

American 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.


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LegionCare:  $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 Legion business.

  • $1,000 for all other covered accidents.

  • 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 at


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.

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