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T
he American Legion, Department of Maine is getting ready to celebrate 100 years of service to Veterans, families and our local communities. The department has many plans in store for the next two years leading up to a huge celebration for the Legion's 100th Birthday.   

The
Department of Maine recently released a Centennial Coin, which can be purchased online, or by calling the Department directly at 207-873-3229. The coins are $10 each plus $5 shipping/handing.  Coins are also available for free pick up at Department for $10 each. To purchase your coin, click on the Buy Maine Centennial Coin button below.   

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Click here to learn more about the Department of Maine's Centennial Celebration

Mid-Winter Conference Centennial Kick-off  

The American Legion, Department of Maine Centennial kick-off informational briefing took place at Mid-Winter Conference on January 20.


If you write an article for a local paper, appear on radio or on television, please send us the details (Who, What, When, Where and Why) to Department at "centennial@legion.org." So we can spread the word and keep track of what is happening. 

When you contact the media, let them know that we have radio and television American Legion Public Service Announcement (PSA) spots and we would appreciate their support in running them. Just send us the point of contact at the station and/or network and we will contact them and arrange to have the PSAs sent! 

We want to spread the word that the American Legion is the LARGEST veterans organization in America and we have served America's veterans for coming on 100 years and look forward to the next 100 years!



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    FEBRUARY 2018 Issue
 
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AMERICAN LEGION FAMILY JOINT TESTIMONIAL

A joint testimonial to honor our 2018 American Legion Family Leaders, American Legion Department Commander Randall Kluj, American Legion Auxiliary President Ann Durost, and Sons of The American Legion Detachment Commander Ron Marr, will be held on May 19, 2018 at Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt Post 1 in Rockland. 

Social Hour will be from 2-3 p.m. (appetizers provided) and BBQ served at 3 p.m. (This earlier time will allow members to travel before it gets too dark or too late)
 

Menu will include: BBQ split breast chicken, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, natural casing hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, garden salad, macaroni tuna salad and one additional side TBA, condiments, pickles, and assorted desserts. A gluten-free option will also be available. 

Cost for the meal will be $16 per person. Make checks payable to: ALA Unit 1, P.O. Box 184, Rockland, Maine 04841. Deadline for reservations: May 11, 2018.  All tickets to be picked up at the door. 

100th Annual State Convention  
June 15-17, 2018 
     
Spectacular Event Center 
395 Griffin Road 
Bangor, Maine  04401  
 

2018 CONVENTION DELEGATE/MEMBER GUEST FORM  
100TH ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION  

Entitlement to Delegates and Alternates

CENTENNIAL PARADE REGISTRATION FORM 

CENTENNIAL PARADE INFORMATION


Rooms available for State Convention
Rodeway Inn, 327 Odlin Rd., Bangor, ME.  945-0111.  Continental breakfast 6 – 10, indoor pool, WIFI, refrigerators/microwaves in all rooms.  Elevators and laundry facility.  Rate $100 plus tax.  Must state Legion when making reservation to receive this rate. 

Quality Inn, 
250 Odlin Rd., Bangor, ME.  942-8272.  Hot Continental breakfast, WIFI, elevators, refrigerators/microwaves available on request.  Rate $109 plus tax.  Must state Legion when making reservation to receive this rate.



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Denise Rohan of Wisconsin was elected National Commander of The American Legion on August 24, 2017, during the organization's 99th National Convention in Reno, Nevada. 

Click here to learn more about Denise Rohan, or visit www.legion.org

National Commander Rohan's Itinerary and Banquet Information

Please click here to learn about National Commander Rohan's Pin Incentive Program 

 
National Commander's Incentive Pin Certification Form

National Commander's Honor Ribbon Form

Department Retention Award Details 


The American Legion Family
Department of Maine POW/MIA Memorial

To be built at The American Legion Family,  
Department of Maine, Headquarters Campus in  
Winslow, Maine  

The American Legion Family, Department of Maine has joined together in a joint project to build a POW/MIA Memorial at The American Legion Family Maine Headquarters. This memorial is to honor and remember the 480 Mainers who are still unaccounted for*. Each missing Mainer will have a brick listing their name, branch of service, and war conflict.     

Please help us keep these hero’s memories alive with this memorial.    

They have given the ultimate sacrifice For God and Country.     

Never Forgotten.  Always Remembered.     

Please click here for more information on how to sponsor a permanent brick for the POW/MIA Memorial.

Click here for Department of Maine Posts   
Click here for District Meeting Dates


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To learn how the new online renewal process works for members, Department Officers/Staff and Post Officers click here and scroll down to "How it works"  
  

     MYLEGION.ORG

Access to MyLegion is now open to all Legion Members and Post/Department Leaders
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MyLegion.org is a website designed to connect members of The American Legion to their Post and Department leadership, other veterans with similar interests, and the vast array of services offered at every level of the organization. Click here for more information and access to Mylegion.org.




Since its founding in 1922, USAA has been dedicated to helping those in military and their families.  They have what you need to make it simple, including insurance, free financial advice, banking, investing, member discounts and shopping - all delivered according to our core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and service. Click here to visit USAA website or call 1-877-699-2654. 



 Legionnaire Insurance Trust 

Your valued status as a Legionnaire entitles you to LegionCare, up to $5,000.00 in NO COST benefits. But Confirmation is required for full activation. 

$5,000.00 NO COST To You Accidental Death Protection if traveling on official American Legion business. 
$1,000 Accident Protection for all covered accidents. 

Legionnaires can sign up for the "No Cost" AD&D by visiting www.theLIT.com/no-cost-legioncare or by calling the toll free number 1-800-235-6943. 
Or 
NEW:  Click here and fill out the attached form. 

To learn more about Member Benefits, please click here


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As the war on terrorism continues, more young American military men and women are coming home bearing the scars of battle. Many continue to recover physically and emotionally from severe injuries including loss of limbs, mobility, and psychological trauma. 

The American Legion and the Department of Defense have teamed up to provide these outstanding and dedicated Americans all the help they need to re-establish their lives when they come home. 

It is a pillar of The American Legion- "to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness". 

If your post has agreed to participate in the Heroes to Hometown program because a comrade is coming home to your community, download this guide and visit the National Heroes2Hometowns website. These resources will provide you with information you need to ensure that the servicemember and their family will get full assistance for a successful transition back to civilian life.

Also see our Heroes2 Hometowns FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.




IRS Filing Requirement for All Posts/Units 

Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations -- Form 990-N (e-Postcard) 
Small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less may (will for The American Legion) be required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ. 

If you do not file your e-Postcard on time, the IRS will send you a reminder notice but you will not be assessed a penalty for late filing the e-Postcard. However, an organization that fails to file required e-Postcards (or information returns - Forms 990 or 990-EZ) for three consecutive years will automatically lose its tax-exempt status. The revocation of the organization's tax-exempt status will not take place until the filing due date of the third year. 

This filing requirement will be mandatory for all American Legion posts and units previously exempted because they did not meet the minimum income level of 25,000 to file a 990 or 990-EZ. 

Due Date of the e-Postcard: 

The e-Postcard is due every year by the 15th day of the 5th month after the close of your tax year.  For example, if your tax year ended on December 31, the e-Postcard is due May 15 of the following year.  You cannot file the e-Postcard until after your tax year ends.


Military Discharge Requests

If you are a veteran whose home of record at time of entry into the service was the State of Maine then a copy of your DD-214 (or equivalent) may be on file at the Bureau of Veteran's Services. 

Please click on the Application Request for Military Discharge link below if you are requesting a discharge from the State of Maine and mail application to the Bureau of Veteran's Services for processing.  For more information, please visit www.maine.gov/dvem/bvs/military_discharges.htm 


or 

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s 

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. 
Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. 

Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site.  Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.  The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time. 

Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.    





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