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The VA will be conducting a Vietnam 50th Anniversary Observance, especially highlighting those who served in-country in 1967.

It will be 10:00am Thursday March 23 in the Togus Theater. 

Commemorative pins will be passed out.



The Department of Maine
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
 


MARINA LONG OF WATERBORO, MAINE AND FRESHMAN AT SANFORD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY PLACED 1ST AT THE 2017 STATE ORATORICAL CONTEST HELD FEB. 11 AT THOMAS COLLEGE IN WATERVILLE. MISS LONG REPRESENTED DISTRICT 1 AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL SPEECH CONTEST AND WILL PERFORM AT NATIONALS ON APRIL 22-23 FOR A CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $18,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS.

CONGRATULATIONS MARINA!
JOB WELL DONE!!!


The American Legion
Department of Maine
99th Annual State Convention
June 16-18, 2017

Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, Maine  04401

www.SpectacularEventCenter.com
 


70th Annual American Legion
Dirigo Boys State
June 18-22, 2017 
 
Thomas College
180 West River Rd.
Waterville, Maine  04901

The American Legion, Department of Maine is proud to announce its 70th Annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State program at Thomas College in Waterville during the week of June 18-22, 2017

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Dirigo Boys State Announcement Brochure

For more questions and information, please or contact us via email at  legionme@mainelegion.org; rachael@mainelegion.org or call Department Headquarters at 207-873-3229.

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The American Legion, Department of Maine
100th Anniversary Members Directory





The American Legion, Department of Maine
100th Anniversary Members Directory
The American Legion, Department of Maine is working on its 100th Birthday Celebration.  In order to make this a special event, we are offering all members the opportunity to be part of the history of our 100th Anniversary.

The American Legion, Department of Maine has partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new 100th Anniversary Members Directory. PCI is a company that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation.

This hard-cover, yearbook style directory offers members of their survivors the opportunity for a permanent commemoration of the Legionnaires’ Legion career, including a narrative and photographs.  Participation is voluntary.

This benefits our organization in three ways:

1.  It helps chronicle and commemorate our membership’s Legion experiences as our Centennial celebration approaches.

2.   Our directory will be analyzed and updated, completing missing information and removing outdated and/or incorrect information.

3.   Our inactive members will be asked to participate and encouraged to renew their membership.

The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by The American Legion, Department of Maine for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI.

The Directory will be made available only to members of The American Legion, Department Maine.  Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to The American Legion, Department of Maine any and all electronic files that have been supplied by The American Legion, Department of Maine or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.
Only members of The American Legion, Department of Maine may purchase this Directory.

The total duration of the Directory is about 12 months.  Types of questions that will be asked are: Organization/Membership background, military Branch of Service, length of time, tour of duty and military awards with a short story to follow, status after the military, current job, are you retired, are you active within the American Legion, do you volunteer to work with Veterans or within the community and what was your greatest achievement in your post military career.  You will also have the opportunity to provide a picture from the past or a current one.

PCI representatives will be requesting your participation at some point throughout the next year.  In the meantime, those that do wish to participate can gather photographs and narratives they may wish to share.

Frequently Asked Questions

THEN AND NOW EXAMPLES FROM AIRFORCE ASSOCIATION


   Enroll in the Paid Up For Life Program online Today!

American Legion members interested in the discounted Paid Up For Life program can now easily join online.  Please visit www.legion.org/join/pufl  

Free Information to Help Your Post & Its members.

Great News! A new issue of The Post Insurance Times, is now available.  It's a great, free resource that gives your Post valuable loss control tips & information for the good of your Post community. Check out our latest issue...
Please visit: www.postinsuranceprogram.com


Calling all Snowbirds... 

The American Legion, Department of Maine was notified last year by National Headquarters that they have discontinued its “Snowbird” address change service due to duplication of time and effort spent processing and maintaining the requests. However, we here at Department Headquarters would like to continue that service to you. If you are a Snowbird, for example, you live in Maine from April-October and Florida from November-March, please 
click here and fill out the attached form to take advantage of this service.  

Click here to check out our new and improved web page
for Department of Maine Posts


LEGIONCARE COUNTDOWN ALERT
As previously announced, all Legionnaires now have the opportunity to assure their enrollment in LegionCare, the newly enhanced Accidental Death benefit available at No-Cost to all Legionnaires. LegionCare is a 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. 

               IMPORTANT: All Legionnaires who are actively enrolled in the program will be automatically covered for the $5,000 AD&D protection. All Legionnaires who are not actively covered must activate their $5000 protection in order to be covered.

Legionnaires may also activate their coverage by going online at www.theLIT.com

NEW:  Click here and fill out the attached form. Email form to legionme@mainelegion.org or print a copy and mail to The American Legion, Department of Maine
Attn: Mona Naragon
5 Verti Drive, Winslow, Me. 04901

To learn more about Member Benefits, please click here.


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As an American Legion member, you, your family and extended family will receive hearing discounts from HearPO, those discounts include:

It's that Easy!


MYLEGION.ORG

Access to MyLegion is now open to all Legion Members and Post/Department Leaders.
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.


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 

Application Request for Military Discharge

or

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s 
online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov 

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. 


Real Estate & Personal Property Taxes

The following is quoted as an excerpt from the Maine law, which will exempt most Legion Post homes from real estate or personal property taxes levied by municipalities.

“E. The real estate and personal property owned, occupied and used for their own purposes by posts of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, (other organizations also named)………..that are used solely by those organizations for meetings, ceremonials or instruction or to further the charitable activities of the organization, including all facilities appurtenant to such use and used in connection therewith. If an organization is not the sole occupant of the property, the exemption granted under this paragraph applies only to that portion of the property owned, occupied and used by the organization for its purposes.”

“An organization or institution that desires to secure exemption under this section shall make written application and file written proof of entitlement for each parcel to be considered on or before the first day of April in the year in which the exemption is first requested with the assessors of the municipality in which the property would otherwise be taxable.

If granted, the exemption continues in effect until the assessors determine that the organization or institution is no longer qualified. Proof of entitlement must indicate the specific basis upon which the exemption is claimed.”

These are two excerpts from the law, which is approximately seven pages long, to allow American Legion Posts to claim an exemption from municipal property taxes. We have copies of the entire law here at the HQ office if anyone would like a copy, just call and we will get it in the mail to you. Or see it at the
State of Maine Statutes page here. (link opens in a new window)
Presidential Memorial Certificate

The Presidential Memorial Certificate is a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation’s grateful recognition of a veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the President.

ELIGIBILITY – Certificates are issued in the name of honorably discharged, deceased veterans. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends. The award of a certificate to one eligible recipient does not preclude certificates to other eligible recipients. The veteran may have died at any time in the past. The local VA regional office generally originates the application for a Presidential Memorial Certificate if a veteran’s death is brought to official attention. The next of kin may request a certificate when a service member dies on active duty or if the veteran was not receiving a VA benefit. Requests should be accompanied by a copy of a document such as a discharge to establish honorable service. VA regional offices can assist in applying for certificates. If you would like to request a Presidential Memorial Certificate or if you requested one more than eight (8) weeks ago and have not received it yet, VA asks that you either:
1.  Fax your request and all supporting documents (copy of discharge and death certificate) to: (202) 565-8054, or
2.  Mail your request and all supporting documents using either the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial mail service, such as one of the overnight or express mail delivery services, to:
Presidential Memorial Certificates (41A1C)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903

If you have any questions about a certificate you have received, a request you have already sent in, or about the program in general, you may call (202) 565-4964.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

We are raising funds to ensure that higher education will be a reality for these families. Providing for the children our military personnel left behind is our civic duty. An education is a powerful way to show our thanks. That is why we have established the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. But we need your help.

A Critical Gap
The American Legion fights to see that our active-duty military personnel and their families are looked after. But despite our efforts, recent years have seen a significant shortfall in dollars allotted by our government. The educational benefit provided to surviving children is one of these critical gaps.

The total survivor benefit for these children is slightly more than $37,000 to be used for a college education. In today’s dollars, this benefit will pay little more than half of what a college education costs in the most affordable situation. This gap widens when considering the cost of a college education in the future. The most conservative estimate is that costs will increase by 5 percent per year, meaning that in 16 years, the most affordable college education will be $105,800. Military compensation will not keep up with these dramatic increases.

Join Our Effort
Money provided by law simply has not kept up with what a higher education costs today, let alone what college will cost in years to come. Remember, these children are the direct descendants of people who died protecting our country. Their parents made the ultimate sacrifice. The least we can do is make sure they are provided for.

We need your help to make The American Legion American Legacy Scholarship a reality. Too many men and women in uniform have died in the fight to preserve our nation’s freedoms. Together, we can make sure their children have the opportunity these parents were unable to provide. We encourage you to give generously to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. Help us to bridge the gap and restore the faith of these special children.


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