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The Legionnaire Insurance Trust is pleased to announce that online enrollment is now available for the LegionCare No Cost Accidental Death benefit. Please be sure to help spread the word about this 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 travelling away from home available for all Legionnaires in your Department.

To learn more or to sign up, please visit

2014 Department Resolution Action Results

To view the results, please download(and print) the PFD file Action Results.

September 12-13, 2014

Leighton Evatt American Legion Post 365
1022 Vandalia St. Collinsville, IL 62234

Dinner Reservation Deadline: August 23, 2014
Special Hotel Room Rate Cutoff Date: September 5, 2014

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Drawing July 12, 2014
Department Convention
Springfield, IL

Place Prize Amount Winner
1st $10,000 Richard Fraser
2nd $5,000 Thomas Kubaitis
3rd $2,500 Harry Stanton
4th $1,500 Robert Wagner
5th $1,000 Robert Moravecek
6th $1,000 Raymond Routley
7th $750 Aloysius Arend
8th $750 Bruce Robinson
9th $500 Goldie Ball
10th $500 Crystal Miller
11th $250 Gene Sudkamp
12th $250 Lonnie Waymoth
13th $100 Bill Miller
14th $100 Dianna May
15th $100 Ernest Bruett
16th $100 Crawford Bass
17th $100 Robert Arvin
18th $100 Jack Beck
19th $100 Frank Mateus
20th $100 William Bell
21st $100 John Ptasnik
22nd $100 Edward Bencik
Total Awarded $25,000


Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

The American Legion was the first veterans service organization to call for major changes at the top of the Department of Veterans Affairs to resolve a tragic problem that appears to be costing lives all across the land.

I did not take lightly the decision to call for the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki - whose proud military career I deeply respect - and his undersecretaries for health and benefits. When I made that call, I looked across the National Executive Committee room in Indianapolis and saw hundreds of American Legion Family members and staff. I realized the many tens of thousands of veterans each of them represents. The time had come for action.

I am not surprised about the extraordinary response we have received from the media, Capitol Hill and the White House about the issue at hand. The American Legion has the nation's ear because it is the nation's largest veterans service organization. In order to maintain that strength, and increase it as millions of new veterans come home from war looking for help, we need to grow even stronger. Please ask an eligible veteran to join us today as we work toward meaningful changes at VA.

No veteran should tolerate a disingenuous VA. As whistleblowers step forward and more facilities are accused of cooking the books while veterans die waiting for appointments, our voice must be heard, loud, clear and in great number. It is up to us to stimulate the changes necessary to restore veteran trust in the VA health-care system.

When errors and lapses are discovered at VA, they must be addressed immediately, and those responsible must be held accountable. This week, the House is expected to vote on the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4031), which is supported by The American Legion. (There is also a Senate version, S. 2013.)

Please send your elected members of Congress an email encouraging support of the VA Management Accountability Act of 2014. Visit our Legislative Action Center to learn more about it and other pending bills of importance to the Legion.

I also encourage you to sign up to receive email action alerts that let you know when your support is needed on various issues. Sign up here.

As recent weeks have shown, The American Legion is needed now as much as ever. Help us remain strong by recruiting a new member today. Contact your congressional representatives and offer your voice of support for the VA Management Accountability Act. Help your fellow veterans. That's what we do.

Thank you,

For God and Country,

Dan Dellinger
National Commander

Dan Dellinger
National Commander
The American Legion


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The American Legion Announces a New Alliance with Founding Fathers Brewing Company

INDIANAPOLIS (May 28, 2014) -- The National Executive Committee of The American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, recently approved an alliance with the Founding Fathers Brewing Co., a new U.S.-owned company that brews premium lagers.

Founding Fathers will support American military families with half of net profits from sales through American Legion posts. "We are delighted to announce that effective immediately, Founding Fathers will donate 50 percent of our net profits to The American Legion for beer sold through American Legion posts," said Phil Knutsen, founder and CEO of Founding Fathers. "This will support the tremendously important work of the organization as they assist our military heroes and their families."

"This new alliance will provide significant benefit to a variety of programs on national, state and local levels," said Daniel M. Dellinger, American Legion national commander. "We are proud that Founding Fathers has dedicated a significant portion of their profits to assist veterans and their families. This additional revenue will allow The American Legion to continue to provide necessary support to our nation's greatest asset - our veterans."

According to Knutsen, the Founding Fathers Brewing Co. will become a national brand by early 2015. The brewery produces a high-quality premium American lager that is targeted to the domestic premium beer-drinking market and is available in Light, Pale and Amber varieties.

About The American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued support to our fellow service members and veterans.

About Founding Fathers Brewing Co.

Established in 2009 by Minnesota entrepreneur Phil Knutsen, the mission of Founding Fathers is to support American military families at historic levels. Founding Fathers Brewing Co.'s premium American Lager Beers are made from only the finest quality American grown hops and barley and was formulated by one of America's leading lager brewmasters. Founding Fathers donates 50% of its net profits to supporting American military families. For more information, visit

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Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings For Military Service

Source: Social Security Administration

Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.

Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.

Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training.

If your active military service occurred

From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.

Note: In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel. Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies for these special extra earnings credits

How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings

The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earnings from 1957 through 2001. Here's how the special extra earnings are credited on your record:
Service in 1957 Through 1977

You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay. Service in 1978 through 2001

For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings.

Check with Social Security for details.



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