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VISITS CENTRAL MAINE
July 31 - August 2, 2015
National Commander Helm’s Itinerary
Friday, July 31, 2015: Depart hotel at 8:30 a.m. en route to the Department of Maine State Headquarters for a tour of the new facilities.
Depart State Headquarters at 11:30 a.m. to the Department Service Office located at the Togus VA facility for a light lunch and tour.
Depart Togus at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at Winthrop Post 40 at 4:15 p.m.
Saturday August 1, 2015: Depart hotel at 8:15 a.m. to arrive at Auburn Post 31 at 9:00 a.m. for light breakfast and meet and greet.
Depart Post 31 at 10:00 a.m. to arrive at Lisbon Post 158 at 10:30 a.m. (meet and greet)
Depart Post 158 at 11:30 a.m. en route to Brunswick Post 20 located on 1 Columbus Dr. in Brunswick for Post Dedication Ceremony to begin at 1:00 p.m. (special guests include Governor Paul LePage, First Lady Ann LePage, National Commander Michael Helm, and our own Past National Commander from Maine Anthony “Tony” Jordan).
Depart Brunswick at 3:30 p.m. to arrive at Gray Post 86 at 4:30 p.m. for an old fashion Maine barbeque. Dress code will be very casual; Legion caps required.
Michael D. Helm was elected national commander of The American Legion on Aug. 28, 2014, during the organization's 96th National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Click here to learn more about Michael Helm, or visit www.legion.org
Please click here to learn about National Commander Helm's Pin Incentive Program.
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Pin Certification Renewal Form.
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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.
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.
To learn more about Member Benefits, please click here.
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, 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.
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
Application Request for Military Discharge
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.