Jun 18 2019
Jun 17 2019
A bill expanding membership eligibility for The American Legion passed on June 11 by unanimous consent in the Senate. The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act — also known as the LEGION Act — is a bipartisan effort introduced by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
Because The American Legion’s membership periods are congressionally chartered, the organization is prevented from expanding membership eligibility without an act of Congress. The act expands membership eligibility to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II.
The LEGION Act was a focus of American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad’s Feb. 27 testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans' Affairs. He called on Congress to take action amending the charter, thereby giving tens of thousands of veterans access to American Legion benefits and programs they are not currently eligible for.
“Nearly 1,600 brave American men and women were killed or wounded since World War II, while defending our nation during times not officially recognized as periods of war by the U.S. government,” American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad said during his testimony. “These veterans are unable to receive some of the benefits and recognition available to their counterparts who served during official wartime periods."
When the LEGION Act was introduced Feb. 14 in the Senate, Sinema said, “The American Legion provides critical resources to our veterans, but currently, only veterans who served during formally recognized conflicts can belong to the Legion. That restriction leaves out thousands of former American servicemembers who signed up to defend our country. Our legislation rights this wrong and ensures veterans have the opportunity to join the American Legion.”
May 31 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the American Legion Post 85 Scholarship awards. Commander Rick Hals, 2nd Vice Commander Ron Rollins and Chaplain Jim Johnson are pictured presenting the awards to Lilly Kopecky and Andrew Osland. Award winner Cleveland Swan Jr is not pictured. Each winner will receive $1000.
Mar 4 2019
Tuesday, March 5th at 2:30 pm in Capitol 120, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will be hearing HF 204 & HF 205. Combined these two bills would accomplish the CTF’s top priority in keeping surviving spouses in their homes by eliminating the 8 year limit, make the benefit transferable one time to a new home, and move the due date for the application of the exclusion.
Attendance has been way down this year at the committees but I am hoping we can get a crowd together for this hearing. I have lined up three surviving spouses to testify and it would be great if your organizations could be there to lend your support. I plan to leave the Veterans Services Bldg. at 1:45pm and all are welcome to join me on a walk over through the tunnels.
Please spread the word and lets fill the room with hats for the surviving spouses who have given so much. Hope to see you all Tuesday.
Feel free to forward this message as you see fit. Questions can be sent to Trent@davmn.org
Oct 17 2018
Message from the American Legion National Commander
Oct 4 2018
If you or any Veterans you know where in a Combat Zone on January 1, 2014 or later remind them of this tax credit that will expire this month.
American Legion Post 85
Over 1,400 military service members still eligible to claim 2014 military tax credit
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone for service in 2014 will expire for most qualifying service members on October 15, 2018. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding Minnesota service members to take advantage of the refundable tax credit before it expires. The 2014 credit is worth $120 per month, or partial month served.
The department recently sent letters explaining how to claim the credit to over 1,400 service members who may qualify. Service members have already claimed more than $1 million in refunds for the 2014 credit, with an average refund of $660.
To qualify for the credit, service members must meet all of the following requirements:
Served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous-duty area anytime on or after January 1, 2014
Were a Minnesota resident during the time of service
Received combat pay which is exempt from federal and Minnesota income tax
To receive the credit, service members must send the following documents:
Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone
Corresponding Form DD-214 for each period of qualifying service
If still on active duty, attach Leave and Earnings statements for each month of qualifying service.
Applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2018.
For more information on the military tax credit and to fill out the form, visit our website at www.revenue.state.mn.us.
Check out and share our video that explains who qualifies and how to claim the Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone. Tax credits for service in a combat zone are also available for 2015, 2016, and 2017. For more information, visit the Members of the Military page on our website and sign up for email updates on military credits, application deadlines, and tax law changes.
For information on combat zone locations that qualify for the tax credit, visit the IRS website.
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May 31 2018
Jan 6 2017
90 Year old WWII Navy veteran, Lloyd Haroldson, decided it was high time that he joined the American Legion. Born in Alden Township, Wisconsin, Lloyd answered the call to fight in WWII in the US Navy. He was as an aviation ordinance technician flying in the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer aircraft in a search and destroy mission for Nazi submarines in the Caribbean Sea. The retired carpenter is now residing at the Ecumen senior living community in North Branch.
Nov 17 2016
These are our Award recipients for continuous years of membership.
The attached list is all our members who received the pins even if they could not attend the meeting.
- 5 Year
- Ralph D Bader
- Gregg W Lascala
- Robert Townley
- 10 Year
- Archie S Anderson
- Bruce L Bourgoyne
- Michael T Sparks
- 15 Year
- David L Brooker
- 20 Year
- Herman R Fenner
- C P Johnson
- 30 Year
- Conrad A Rehn
- Herman A Solle III
- Jack Walker
- 35 Year
- Eugene W McElderry
- John P Orchard
- 45 Year
- Richard E Klick
- Richard D Pechuman
- Willis Peterson
- Douglas J Sampson
- Ronald M Vogel
- 50 Year
- Calvin Bozeman
- 55 Year
- Duane Damm
- 60 Year
- Roger Nelson
- 70 Year
- Ellis R Johnson
James Fairbanks (50), David J Foley (10), Raymond E Jenkins (40), Edward G Kuitunen (15), Joey A Launderville (5), Russell E Ramberg (45), Gordon Schwab, David B Toenies (10), Robert J Zellner (40), David E. Hultman (25)
Dec 13 2015
Post 85 Adjutant Glenn Pierce was awarded the Member of the Year award at the annual Legion/VFW banquet on December 6th 2015. Presenting the award was Commander Darcy Doble, and selection committee chair Jim Johnson.