Tribute to the Maine American Legion Night
OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
MAY 23, 2014
Maine American Legion will be honored by Oxford Plains Speedway on May 23. All American Legion members, American Legion Riders, Sons of American Legion, and American Legion Auxiliary members will be admitted half price $6 when presenting their membership card.
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HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS TO EMMA SCHALK
OF SABATTUS FOR WINNING
THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF MAINE
The contest was held February 15, 2014 at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.
Please visit page 7 of The Maine Legionnaire for more information.
At the National Level, Emma was one of 9 students out of 53 contestants to reach the semi-finals. Although she did not make the final three, she still went home with approximately $4000 in scholarship money to further her education.
JOB WELL DONE!!!
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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 or by calling the toll free number 1-800-235-6943.
To learn more about Member Benefits, please click here.
Daniel M. Dellinger was elected national commander of The American Legion on Aug. 29, 2013, during the organization's 95th National Convention in Houston, Texas.
Click here to learn more about Daniel Dellinger, or visit www.legion.org
To learn about National Commander Dellinger's Pin Incentive Program, visit
Building for Tomorrow Today Pin
Click here for a copy of the National Commander Incentive
Pin Certification Form.
To learn more about National Commander Dellinger's Coin Incentive Program visit
Building for Tomorrow Today Coin
Click here for a copy of the National Commander Incentive
Coin Certification Form.
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"
Please click here if you have already renewed your membership online and need to reprint another temporary membership card
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.
February 2014 Issue
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of The Maine Legionnaire newspaper.
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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.
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.