We are inviting all veterans and active military and their families to come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion at our Post on August 25th during the week of our annual convention which is also being held in the Twin Cities where the first convention was held. See 100th Anniversary on this webpage.
This event is open to the public and we invite you all to come
August 14, 2018 is the next general membership meeting of the Rosetown Memorial American Legion Post 542. We want to see you there for several reasons!
1) If you aren’t already a member and are a veteran we would love to have you as a member of our organization.
2) We will be having the Second reading of the 2018 By-Laws updates. These changes are required to separate the two corporations we operate here. There will be two Executive Boards and two sets of By-Laws as required by law. If you want to read the proposed updates links will be attached here so you can download them and print them at home. We will also have printed copies at the post for those that don’t have access to technology.
Click the links below to read or print the proposed changes.
Stop by and see Natasha Caswell Club Manager or call her at 651-483-3535. Looking for looking for people who can do more than just open cans and boxes but like to work with fresh ingredients. If you think you are the right fit, stop in or give us a call.
Disabled Veterans Listen UP!
You may be eligible for discounts you weren’t aware of if you have disabilities through the VA!
One Veteran with an amputated leg did not pay for his license plates, paid no sales tax, and got a $200 discount for having an automatic transmission. See your local VA Service Officer before you purchase your next vehicle.
Here is what we found doing some research on the web:
Minnesota State vehicle registration tax relief
Minnesota Statute 168.031 states that, “…any person who engages in active military service in any branch or unit of the United States armed forces shall be exempt from the motor vehicle registration tax during the period of such active service and for 90 days immediately thereafter…”
Also, the statute states, “The motor vehicle of any disabled war veteran, in which the vehicle has been furnished free, in whole or in part, by the United States government to said disabled Veteran, shall be exempt from the motor vehicle registration tax. The motor vehicle owned and registered by a former prisoner of war that bears the “EX-POW” plates is exempt from the motor vehicle registration tax.”
If you would like to apply for a vehicle registration ask for form:
Minnesota – Driver and Vehicle Services – Form PS2511
Then looking at the department of revenue under nontaxable transactions: (you must get grant assistance, but you pay no sales tax to purchase a car)
Last but not least from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs we found this:
Servicemembers and Veterans may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $20,577.18, beginning 10-01-17, toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if you have certain service-connected disabilities. The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile and the Servicemember or Veteran may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.
Certain Servicemembers and Veterans may also be eligible for adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.
VA may provide financial assistance in purchasing adaptive equipment more than once. This benefit is payable to either the seller or the Veteran or Servicemember.
Important: You must have prior VA approval before purchasing an automobile or adaptive equipment.
Eligibility Requirements (Automobile Grant)
- You must be either a Servicemember who is still on active duty or a Veteran, AND
- You must have one of the following disabilities that are either rated as service-connected or treated as if service-connected under 38 U.S.C 1151 or, for a Servicemember, the result of disease incurred or injury contracted in or aggravated by active duty:
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet, OR
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, OR
- Permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree, OR
- Severe burn injury, OR
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Eligibility Requirements (Adaptive Equipment)
- You must be either a Service member who is still on active duty or a Veteran, AND
- meet the disability requirements for the automobile grant (see above), OR
- have ankylosis (immobility of the joint) of one or both knees or hips that VA recognizes as being service-connected or treats as if service-connected under 38 U.S.C. 1151.
To support a claim for automobile allowance, the evidence must show that you are service-connected or are treated as if service-connected under 38 U.S.C 1151 or, for a Service member, the result of disease incurred or injury contracted in or aggravated by active duty, for a disability resulting in:
- The loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet, OR
- The loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands,OR
- Permanent impairment of vision in both eyes, resulting in
- Central Visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with glasses, OR
- Central Visual acuity that is greater than 20/200, if there is a visual field defect in which your peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter of visual fields subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees in the better eye, OR
- Severe burn injury: Deep partial thickness or full thickness burns resulting in scar formation that cause contractures and limit motion of one or more extremities or the trunk and preclude the effective operation of an automobile, OR
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
To support a claim for adaptive equipment, the evidence must show that you have a disability as shown above, OR you have ankylosis of at least one knee or one hip due to service-connected disability.
How to Apply
- Complete VA Form 21-4502, “Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment” and mail to your regional office OR
- Work with an accredited representative or agent OR
- Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on our Facility Locator page
- If you are entitled to adaptive equipment only (i.e., service connected for ankylosis of knees or hips) you should complete VA Form 10-1394, “Application for Adaptive Equipment – Motor Vehicle” and submit it to your local VA medical center. You can find your local VA medical center on the health Facility Locator page.
VETERANS ID CARDS!
Mike Ash Adjutant 4th District monthly Newsletter January 2018 p2
The VA has announced the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans. yet—another action honoring their service.
This had been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor veterans and today’s roll out of the ID card fulfills that promise.
Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for this ID card, which will provide proof of military service, can may be accepted by retailers in lieu of military DD-214 form to receive promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans
The new Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient for most veterans to show proof of service, VA Secretary David Dr. David J Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veterans discounts and services.”
This VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.
To request and apply for a printed ID Card VIC, go to https://www.vets.gov/
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and under the middle column under Popular on Vets. Click on Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card
Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status at Vets.Gov click on
We want to thank Mike Ash for making the above information available for all of us in Post 542.
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Ramsey County Hot Dog with a Deputy Schedule! Beginning June 5 thru July 25, 2018; FREE Hot Dog. See poster for location near you
American Legions 100th Convention! August 24th – 28th, 2018; See 100th Anniversary link on side menu to see how we are celebrating at the post. Post events are open to the Public.
ALL YOU CAN EAT! Fish fry from 5 pm to 8 pm. Good News! We have decided to continue the Friday night Fish Fry at the request of our patrons! Keep the suggestions coming… Please come and join us! Open to the public
IT’S HERE! Training ended April 16, 2018.