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Organization and History:
The Minnesota American Legion Hospital Association was organized as a result of action taken by its fourth annual department convention in 1922 to provide financial assistance to World War I veterans who needed specialized medical care, but lacked funds to pay for such care. Following World War II, the services of the association were accorded to veterans of that conflict, and subsequently to veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam, etc.
In 1961 The Department Commander, Auxiliary President and the Department Legion Finance Chairman were added to the board.
In 1979, the eligibility rules were amended to make Auxiliary members eligible for assistance. At that time, the name was changed to the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Hospital Association.
In 1993, At the annual meeting of the association at the department convention at Bloomington, it was voted to limit assistance to members of the American Legion Hospital Association, and to provide for the payment of "hospital and doctor bills incurred during hospitalization (in-patient or out-patient) at any duly licensed hospital within or adjacent to the State of Minnesota," so that doctor's bills, previously not included, are now included, as are bills incurred at local hospitals, not just those for "specialized care" at certain medical centers.
In 1999 Action was taken to add the Son's of the American Legion into the association with their financial contribution the same as the American Legion and Auxiliary. It was also voted to include one S.A.L. member to the board. The name of the association was again changed to the American Legion Family Hospital Association.
In 2004 the membership voted to add the Son's of the American Legion Detachment Commander to the board and remove the American Legion Finance Chairman. The fiscal year of the Association was changed to August 1st-July 31. The annual meeting of the Association was changed from the Department convention to the Department Fall conference, to begin in 2005.