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Operation Gratitude: Walgreens Fundraising June 16th - June 30th

Legionnaires and Families,

With great pride, Walgreens would like to introduce “Operation Gratitude,” a state-wide fundraising campaign with proceeds distributed to the local American Legion posts in the communities we share. The campaign will run in Iowa Walgreens from June 16th through June 30th.

Walgreens is honored to be able to support the American Legion, an organization that has truly been embedded in our communities since the first post was chartered in Iowa in the year 1919. The volunteer advocacy of the Legion members has been a critical part of our culture, with a constant focus on making every community better and to give every veteran in need some comfort. Walgreens shares this commitment to the communities and customers we serve every day, across the state and throughout the U.S.

During Operation Gratitude, Walgreens team members will ask our customers and patients if they would like to donate $1, $3, or $5 to their local American Legion post. All donations will be benefit local posts based on collections in the stores in their community. We invite you to help generate as much excitement in the community as possible, and to work with your local Walgreens directly to share ideas in order to help make this as successful as possible.

Thank you for your continued service to our Iowa communities.

“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

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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