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Important Notice:  National Dues Increase

At the 2015 American Legion National Convention, a national per capita dues increase of $5 was approved, raising the national dues from $13.50 to $18.50, effective January 21, 2016.

Dues transmitted by the Post to the Department of Iowa received at Department on or before January 15, 2016 will be accepted at the old rate. Transmittals received after January 15, 2016 will be processed at the new rate.

Only a post can set the per capita dues for its members. Linked below is a Post Data Form to be submitted to the Department of Iowa if your post wishes to increase its dues. All forms must be received on or before November 30, 2015 to be reflected on the January renewal notice mailed by National Headquarters.

Posts which have already submitted the Post Date Form may disregard this notification.

Please return the enclosed form with updated dues and any other post data changes to:

The American Legion, Department of Iowa
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Any questions regarding the dues increase should be directed to Marcia Hoch, Membership Clerk, or John Derner, Department Adjutant at 515-282-5068. We will be happy to assist you.

Special Post Data Report

American Bombshells to Entertain at Mid-Winter Conference

The featured entertainment for the 2016 Mid-Winter Conference is the American Bombshells. The American Bombshells Patriotic Services (ABPS) is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to serve and honor our nation's military, veterans, first responders and their families.

The American Bombshells come from all over the globe but are based out of New York City. The ladies are a modern day twist on The Andrews Sisters and serve as ambassadors of America's gratitude to our nation’s heroes. Their magnificent three-part harmony, timeless look, and high-energy performance leave every audience member young and old proud to be an American.

Admission to the concert is included with your Mid-Winter Conference registration fee. Those not previously registered will be asked to pay a $10 registration fee.

In addition to the Mid-Winter Conference, the American Bombshells will perform a free concert at the Iowa Veterans Home, sponsored by The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and The American Legion of Iowa Foundation.

KIOA’s Vets of Valor presented by First Class Credit Union

The Vets of Valor radiothon sponsored by KIOA 93.3 FM and First Class Credit Union was a resounding success.  This was the second year of the radiothon with the time being doubled from 6 hours last year to 12 hours this year.


The 6 hours of extra time resulted in more than doubling of the donation with the total pledged this year reaching $60,000.  Our thanks go to Senator Charles Grassley and Governor Terry Branstad who each came in person to be live on the radiothon.  In addition to them, Col (ret) Robert King, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs joined us.  Another highlight was a call from Col. Todd Jacobus to the show.  Col. Jacobus is currently deployed with the Iowa National Guard in Kosovo.

We cannot say thank you enough to First Class Credit Union and KIOA.  They have enabled The Iowa American Legion to assist many veterans and families in the coming year.

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Job Opening


The American Legion, Department of Iowa, is currently seeking a Claims Representative for our Service Office.  This is a full time position with benefits in our office located in the Federal Building at 210 Locust Street in Des Moines, Iowa.  Obtain a job description and application by following the links below.  Questions about the position may be directed to Service Officer Rich Anderson at 515-232-7532 or Adjutant John Derner at 515-282-5068.


Claims Representative Job Description (PDF)

Job Application (PDF)

Iowa association of student councils: "Supporting those who serve us - take your turn"

"There is no truer representation of a country, than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it" . . . Tom Clancy. The Iowa Association of Student Councils (IASC) is teaming up with The American Legion of Iowa Foundation in order to provide our service men and women with the support and honor that they deserve. The 2015-2016 IASC project is a way for student councils across the state to show veterans, current citizens in the military, and military families THEIR appreciation for veterans. Students are being encouraged to partner up with their local American Legion Post for ideas and insight. Student councils are urged to partner and report their events to the local American Legion. To find out more about the Iowa Association of Students Councils, visit their website at

Department Executive Committee Revises Guidelines for American Legion Riders Program in Iowa

At its June 27th meeting, The American Legion Department Executive Committee (DEC) passed Resolutions 1 & 2 revising the policies for the American Legion Riders in Iowa.  The resolutions passed were submitted to the DEC by the American Legion Riders (ALR) Committee of the Internal Affairs Commission.

At the Mid-Winter meeting of the DEC, the ALR Committee was instructed to review the Riders program in Iowa and make recommendations to the DEC at the Spring meeting.  Those recommendations came in the form of the two resolutions presented to the DEC.

The ALR Committee plans to discuss the resolutions with the Chapters at the Department Convention ALR meeting to be held on Saturday, July 18, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott in the Waterloo Room at 10:00 am.

Click here for copies of the resolutions with supporting documentation.

Improvement Project Grants

American Legion posts with improvement projects and veterans in need with necessary home repairs are eligible to receive grants from The Home Depot Foundation, a longtime supporter of The American Legion. The Home Depot Foundation announced at National Convention last summer that it is dedicating no less than $1 million for American Legion projects throughout the country.

Click here for more information.

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.

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 Legion business.

  • $1,000 for all other covered accidents.

  • 24/7 protection that covers Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are traveling 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


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 are aware of this important benefit.


Click here to learn more.

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