Stafford American Legion Post 290

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** General Membership Meeting**

Tuesday, July 12th, at 7:30 pm at Post 290 


**Executive Committee Meeting**
Monday, July 25th at 7:30 pm 


Proposed Resolution to be voted on during August General Assembly Meeting:

Stafford American Legion Post 290
1141 Mountain View Road, Stafford, VA
August 9, 2022



SUBJECT: Good Neighbor Award

WHEREAS, The American Legion remains a proactive participant within local communities in all 55 Departments; and

WHEREAS, Stafford American Legion Post 290 sincerely appreciates and values its many local business partners and other nonprofit service organizations; and

WHEREAS, Post 290 currently does not have a means of officially recognizing significant contributions by any local business partners and nonprofit service organizations that share the fundamental principles and goals of The American Legion within Stafford County; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By Stafford American Legion Post 290 in The American Legion, Department of Virginia, during its General Membership Post Meeting in Stafford, Virginia on August 9, 2022, That Stafford American Legion Post 290 establish a Good Neighbor Award; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Good Neighbor Award would be a large plaque, bearing the name of recipients, prominently displaced within the Post Home; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That each Good Neighbor Award recipient would also receive an individual plaque acknowledging being named a Good Neighbor; and, be it finally

RESOLVED, That any Post Member, in good standing, may nominate a candidate to receive the Good Neighbor Award, subject to preapproval of the Post Executive Committee.


The June 2022 Newsletter can be viewed by clicking HERE!

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 ******** BINGO UPDATE ********

Bingo EVERY Wednesday & Friday!

Doors Open at 3:30 pm and BINGO Starts at 6:00 pm

Pull Tab Sales Begin at 4pm

~Post 290 Kitchen is open~

The Post 290 Bingo staff looks forward to seeing you this week.

For additional information, contact the Bingo Manager, Noel Lowery at 540-903-5251 or


2 June - Jr Shooters Practice @ the Annex, 1700-2000
4 June - Baseball DH:  Post 290 Virginians vs Post 330 Culpeper, 1700 and 1900
6 June - Troop 290G Meeting
7 June - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 72 Warrenton, 1900
9 June - Jr Shooters Practice @ the Annex, 1700-2000
9 June - Baseball:  Post 290 Virginians vs Post 89 King George, 1830
10-11 June - 
Post 364 Woodbridge - Las Vegas Show, WWII Style Vintage Variety & Burlesque Show; Friday, June 10th @ 7:00PM & Saturday, June 11th @ Noon
11 June - 16th District Convention & Installation of Post Officers at Post 290 (following Convention), 1000
11 June - Installation Banquet, 1600
13 June - **CANCELED**Special Executive Committee Meeting, 1930
13 June - Troop 290G Meeting
14 June - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 72 Warrenton, 1900 - CANCELED/COVID
14 June - General Membership Meeting, 1930

16 June - Jr Shooters Practice @ the Annex, 1700-2000
16 June - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 199 Rappahannock, 1900
18 June - Baseball DH:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 34 Leesburg, 1200 and 1430
19-25 Jun - Boys & Girls State
20 June - Troop 290G Meeting
20 June - ALR Monthly Meeting, 1800

23 June - Jr Shooters Practice @ the Annex, 1700-2000
23-25 Jun - ALR Legacy Run
25 June - Baseball DH:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 21 Winchester, 1200 and 1430
25 June - Honor Guard Steak Night, 1630-1900

26 June-2 July - Law & Order Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program
27 June - Troop 290G Meeting

27 June - Executive Committee Meeting, 1930
30 June - Jr Shooters Practice @ the Annex, 1700-2000
30 June - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Stafford Diamonds, 1900

4 July - Independence Day Celebration at Post 290
                    - Flag Retirement Ceremony, 1200
                    - Commemorative Brick Dedication Ceremony, 1230
                    - Post Picnic, ~1300 (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, Drinks provided + Pot Luck)
8 July - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 354 Hugenot, 1900
12 July - Baseball:  Post 290 Nationals vs Post 72 Warrenton, 1900

13-17 July - 2022 Department Convention, Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (Major Committee meetings on 15 July) 
23-25 July - American Legion Riders Legacy Run
29-31 July - Department of Virginia American Legion Junior Baseball Tournament at Post 290
29-31 July - Department Legion College, Richmond:

26 Aug-1 Sep - National Convention

7-9 Oct - ALR 290 Chapter hosting Dept of Virginia Rally @ Post 290
11 Oct - Stafford County National Night Out - Stafford Marketplace, 1700-2000
21-23 Oct - Department Fall Conference

Congratulations to the following Post members on their election to office for 2022-2023:

Steve Robertson – Commander elect

Bruce Miller – 1st Vice Commander elect

Lew Bunch – 2nd Vice Commander elect

Michael Scullin – Adjutant elect

John Humphreys – Chaplain elect

Robert Ponzo – Finance Officer elect

Steve Robertson – Service Officer elect

Patricia “Brandy” Fitzgerald – Historian elect

Bonnie Nichols – PAO elect

Rick Schultz – Sergeant-at-Arms elect

John Cox – Executive Committee (3 year term)

Erin Fox – Executive Committee (3 year term)

Information Regarding Virginia Department of Transportation’s negotiations for the acquisition of property at the Post 290 Annex is on Page 2; click 'Next Page' at the bottom of this page 

Contract Medical Exam Program Limitations Put Veterans at Risk for Inaccurate Claims Decisions - Read the report here    


VALife insurance program coming January 2023

for Veterans with service connection

Published On: May 30th, 2022|623 words|2.1 min read

A new life insurance program called Veterans Affairs Life Insurance (VALife), which provides guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance coverage to Veterans age 80 and under, with any level of service-connected disability. Some Veterans age 81 and older may also be eligible.

What is Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life Insurance?

Guaranteed acceptance is a whole life policy that does not require a medical exam or ask health questions. It also does not have a limited two year window to sign up. Whole life insurance provides coverage for the entire life of the individual policyholder, provided that premiums are always paid. Premium rates are locked in for the life of the policy, and unlike term policies will not increase as the policyholder ages.

What benefits does it offer?

Created by Public Law 116-315, the new program meets the needs of service-connected Veterans who may not have previously qualified for life insurance with VA. VALife offers guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance coverage that lasts for an individual’s entire life and provides the following benefits:

  • All service-connected Veterans age 80 and under with 0-100% VA disability ratings are eligible.
  • Fully automated online enrollment with instant approvals.
  • Coverage comes in increments of $10,000, up to a maximum of $40,000, and premiums are competitive – or better – than what’s available in the private sector. There is a two-year waiting period for full face value coverage to take effect.
  • No medical requirements for enrollment.
  • Cash value that builds over the life of the policy after the first two years of enrollment.
  • Rates are best the earlier you sign up. Once locked in, premiums will never increase.

Who is eligible?

All Veterans age 80 or younger with a VA disability rating of 0-100% are eligible for VALife, with no time limit to apply.

Veterans who are 81 or older may apply for VALife within two years of receiving a new service-connected disability rating if:

  • They applied for VA disability compensation before age 81, and;
  • They received a new service-connected disability rating after turning 81.

How does this impact other VA Life Insurance programs?

VALife opens life insurance coverage to more service-connected Veterans than ever before. In contrast to Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI), VALife has no medical requirements and there is no two year time limit to apply if a Veteran is age 80 or under.

Veterans who currently hold an S-DVI policy can either keep their current coverage or apply for VALife when the application goes live. Veterans can keep their S-DVI policy until the full coverage of VALife begins two years after enrollment as long as the application is received between Jan. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2025

S-DVI will close to new enrollment after Dec. 31. Veterans interested in S-DVI should apply by this date, even if they are interested in applying for VALife in the new year. Applying for S-DVI now allows eligible Veterans to have life insurance coverage while waiting the two-year period for their VALife coverage to become available.

How can you apply for both?

The application for VALife will go live on Jan. 1, 2023. Stay tuned for more information on VALife and the application process. Once the program is open, the application will be available online at

If you are interested in applying for S-DVI before VALife opens, or would like to learn more about the coverage, please visit the S-DVI webpage here:

Where can I learn more?

To learn more about VALife and whether it’s the right choice for you and your family, please visit the webpage here:

If you would like to receive email updates about VALife, please sign up here:


The American Legion Emblem Sales has a major opportunity for the Stafford American Legion Post 290 to earn money for their programs and activities. Post 290 can participate in the Flag Rewards program, which is based on American Flag purchases made by Post 290 and its local community.
Post 290 can receive a $.10 credit for each dollar spent on the purchase of American Flags. The credit is good towards the future purchase of any catalog item through Emblem Sales. Qualifying purchases include those made by Post 290, as well as by the Post’s members, friends, neighbors, local schools, and businesses that choose to sponsor Post 290 by buying their flags from Emblem Sales.
The goal is to make The American Legion Emblem Sales the primary source for communities to purchase their American flags; therefore, please spread the message that an American Flag purchased from Emblem Sales will give a direct financial benefit to Post 290 and help local veterans better serve their community.
But the benefits from the Flag Rewards program does not stop at the financial level. The program is designed to increase visibility of Legionnaires in their local neighborhoods and communities, increase contact with local businesses and civic leadership, and increase membership recruiting opportunities through contact with patriotic neighbors.

AmazonSmile, a separate portal from Amazon's main site, offers the same items, prices, and benefits as, but with one distinct difference.
When users shop on AmazonSmile, the retailer's Foundation contributes 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation Incorporated.
There is no cost to the Post 290 or customers, and 100% of the donation generated from eligible purchases goes to the Stafford American Legion Post 290 Foundation Incorporated. For frequent Amazon users, this additional perk is a great way to give back to Post 290 effortlessly.

AMERICAN LEGION EDUCATION INSTITUTE Information is available on the next page (scroll to the bottom of the page for the 'Next Page' link)

Department Legion College - 29-31 July, See Upcoming Events below for Info


See Club Room tab for updated hours of operation!

Boys State Counselors Needed - if interested, please contact Frenchie Burnett

Bingo Volunteers Needed:  The Bingo Manager, Noel Lowery, is looking for volunteers to establish 2 standing crews to work Bingo at the Post.  If interested, please contact Noel.

Looking to Buy a Home?

Buying a home is a weighty decision for everyone, but for veterans, there are many unique factors to consider. The process can be a stressful one, but not if you’re well-informed.  That's why I wrote, “7 Home Buying Tips Every Veteran Needs to Know” for the Redfin blog.  You can see the full post here:   This article could help your members get started on their home buying journey. 



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