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
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
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.
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
Job Application (PDF)
Legionnaire of the Year
Legionnaire of the Year nominations are due June 15.
Legionnaire of the Year
IRS Filing Requirement
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.
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
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$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
$1,000 for all other covered
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
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.