Meet the Lakeville Ramp Team

This group of builders has overcome veteran discrimination and kept on building, thanks to the local VFW and Legion By Tim Engstrom LAKEVILLE — Terry Branham’s father lost his left leg above the knee at 18 years old as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS […]

History of The American Legion

Good morning Legionnaires and veterans advocates, today is Tuesday, July 14, 2020, which is National Mac & Cheese Day, Pandemonium Day, National Tape Measure Day and Shark Awareness Day. The rest of this week in Legion History: July 16, 1927: The initial 213 acres of […]

MACVSO marks 75 years

Organization works toward consistency NEW ULM — This is the 75th year of the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, but their plans for the big year were wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. But you know how a first convention takes place in […]

Vets organizations desire to be heard by lawmakers

By Tim Engstrom ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, a body that meets monthly and pushes for veterans-related legislation, voiced their displeasure and frustration with lack of access to state lawmakers at their June meeting. “I’m very concerned that other interests will take […]

Outstanding Firefighter of the Year is solid leader

A fire chief who is involved in his community is The American Legion Outstanding Firefighter of the Year for Minnesota. Kevin Grote, chief of the North Branch Fire Department and Region 7 representative with the Minnesota Fire Chief Association, was nominated by North Branch Post […]

National Commander’s Response, Veteran’s Preference

Legionnaires, The popular website “War on the Rocks” published a commentary this week that was critical of Veterans’ Preference. That commentary can be found here: https://warontherocks.com/2020/06/is-veterans-preference-bad-for-the-national-security-workforce/ National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford’s response to the piece can be found below. Please feel free  to distribute […]

USS Minnesota is the best in Atlantic fleet

GROTON, Connecticut — The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota, SSN 783, homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London, was announced as the winner of the 2019 Battenberg Cup Award April 23. The Battenberg Cup Award for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency “E” winner is […]

Quick thinking saved a life

Meet the Minnesota Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year A life-saving deputy has been The American Legion 2020 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Minnesota. Tracey Pagel of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office performed actions last fall that saved the life of […]

Call Your State Legislators

    We are currently experiencing the gravest existential threat to our organization since its founding over 100 years ago.  Our public health crisis has shut down business everywhere and it is impacting the business operations of our posts throughout the state. The American Legion […]

Call to Action!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2020   Olya Voytovich (Tester) | 202.224.2868 Sam Runyon (Manchin) | 202.740.6241 Karolina Wasiniewska (Blumenthal) | 202.224.0335 Martha Spieker (Hirono) | 202.365.7943 Sarah Weinstein (Shaheen) | 202.224.8028 Aaron Jacobs and Laura Epstein (Hassan) | 202.816.2057   Tester, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Critical 48-Hour […]

Eagle Scout of the Year for Minnesota

Blake Madison of Adrian earns American Legion scholarship ADRIAN — Blake Madison, an 18-year-old sponsored by Adrian Post 32, is The American Legion Department of Minnesota’s Eagle Scout of the Year. Madison earns a $1,000 scholarship from the Department of Minnesota. The honor was announced […]

Economic Impact Payments for Veterans

page 1 Veterans Affairs recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments; Step follows work between Treasury, IRS, VA WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced today that recipients of VA benefits will […]

Choosing your best option for virtual meetings

The American Legion APR 17, 2020 As social distancing guidelines continue, American Legion departments, districts and posts face challenges with conducting meetings. There are many options for holding virtual meetings where participants can join in remotely, contribute to the discussion, vote and participate in other […]