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“Greatest Legislation” traveling museum exhibit opens at Iowa Gold Star Museum
The American Legion Department of Iowa to host special event.

The Iowa Gold Star Museum welcomes “The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill” to Camp Dodge, May 4 through June 15. The multimedia exhibit features illustrated panels, touch-­screen video kiosks and rare artifacts that depict the crisis, drama, solution, effects and ongoing success of the GI Bill.

An opening reception to welcome the exhibit is planned for Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by The American Legion Department of Iowa, free refreshments will be served and the reception will include remarks by Brigadier General Randy Greenwood,Quartermaster, IA National Guard and David K. Rehbein, chairman of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Observance Committee and a past national commander of the nation’s largest veterans organization. Following his remarks, visitors will be offered the opportunity to share their GI Bill stories.

Drafted by American Legion Past National Commander Harry W. Colmery in December 1943, at a time when medically disabled World War II GIs were coming home at a rate of about 75,000 per month, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 was written to provide support to veterans in a difficult economic time. The long-­term effect of the GI Bill is that it transformed the U.S. economy and culture for decades.

The GI Bill is often characterized as the most significant social legislation of the 20th century. It is credited for preventing an economic catastrophe after World War II, making home ownership a reasonable expectation for average Americans, educating millions of veterans and creating an incentive to serve in the military so valuable that the United States has operated as an all-­volunteer force since 1973.

The traveling exhibit is part of The American Legion’s centennial program and is scheduled to be on display at the Iowa Gold Star Museum until June 15.

Employment Opportunity

The Department of Iowa is currently taking applications for the Claims Representative position on our Department Service Office.  Application deadline is May 11.  A detailed job description and application are available at the links below.  Questions may be directed to Department Service Officer Gary Carter or Department Adjutant John Derner.

Claims Representative Job Description (PDF)

Job Application (PDF)

Legionnaire of the Year

Legionnaire of the Year nominations are due June 15.

Legionnaire of the Year

Annual IRS Filing Requirement

Federal Regulations require every American Legion Post to file an annual information return (Form 990-N, Form 990-EZ, or Form 990) with the IRS.  The annual return must be filed by the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the post's annual accounting period.  If your post fiscal year is the same as the calendar year, your informational return is due May 15.

IRS Notification

Department Leadership School

The Department Leadership School will be held June 1-3, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 1050 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.  Each year the Department of Iowa offers the leadership school to instruct and educate leaders and future leaders of The American Legion.  The leadership school provides an outstanding opportunity to develop leadership skills and meet other Legionnaires across the Department.  The school is open to any American Legion member seeking to increase his/her knowledge of our organization.

Click here for more information, registration forms, and agenda.

District Spring Conferences

The spring conferences for the Districts in Iowa will begin with the Fifth District conference on March 24. That will be a special conference due to the visit from National Commander Rohan that morning.
The conferences are much more than visits from dignitaries. Election of the District Officers for the coming year will take place at those conferences as will selection of delegates to the National Convention.

This will be a special National Convention since it is the 100th convention of The American Legion and will take place in the same city as the first convention, Minneapolis. Not just the place makes it special though, since there will be many events focused on the centennial of The American Legion. If you want to go as a delegate, getting that selection at your District Conference is the first step.  Make sure you attend and learn what your district has been doing this year.

District Conferences

District Conference - Department Headquarters Report (PDF)

District Conference - Service Office Report (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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