Stafford American Legion Post 290

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Thank you for taking part in the Stafford County National Night Out 2022!
Please remember to Save the Date for the Exhibitor’s Meeting:

Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2022.
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Address:  1225 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Stafford County Public Safety Center
Location: Downstairs Training Room

Please find attached a few important facts to keep in mind while you’re organizing your booth.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, always feel free to reach out.  We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out there!

Crime Prevention Unit
Stafford County Sheriff's Office
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 189 / Stafford, VA 22555-0189
Physical Address: 1225 Courthouse Road / Stafford, VA 22554
O / 540-658-4030 F / 540-658-4039
Non-Emergency: 540-658-4400
Text 274-637: STAFFORD + tip


Post 290 Holiday Basket Program

This fall marks the 73rd year of the Post 290 Holiday Basket Program. Planning is underway and volunteers are always needed to assist with box distribution and collection at the schools and sorting, packing, and distributing the food boxes to recipients.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Noel Lowery at 540-903-5251 or, or you can sign up to volunteer via the SignUpGenius created for this event at American Legion Post 290 Holiday Food Basket Program

The NEW Veterans Crisis Line phone number - Dial 988 then Press 1

This change is a result of the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, which requires all telephone service providers in the U.S. to activate 988 by July 16, 2022 for 
national suicide prevention support. The transition to a 3-digit number helps make it easier to remember and share the number to access help in times of need. After activation, Veterans will still be able to call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to reach responders in addition to using Dial 988 then Press 1

VA Survivor Benefits & the PACT ACT

 How PACT Act affects Vietnam Veterans | Agent Orange, Radiation Exposure & New Locations | theSITREP - YouTube

** General Membership Meeting**

Tuesday, September 13th, at 7:30 pm at Post 290 

The October General Membership Meeting will be on October 18th and will include the Boys/Girls State Student Review.  This change was voted on during the August General Membership Meeting to avoid a conflict with National Night Out and to ensure maximum participation.


**Executive Committee Meeting**

Monday, September 26th, at 7:30 pm 

The September 2022 Newsletter can be viewed by clicking HERE!

~ Click on the Newsletter tab for previous editions ~


 ******** 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


16th District Looking for Volunteers
AFJROTC Drill Competition @ Unity Reed High School, 10 Dec
POC is Mark Stein:  


8 Sep - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
9 Sep - National Day of Service 22022
11 Sep - Patriot's Day Ceremony @ Post 290, 1300
15 Sep - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
17 Sep - Kitchen "Clean Up/Field Day", 0900; Contact Rick Schultz if able to participate
17 Sep - Honor Guard Steak Night, 1630-1900
18 Sep - Jr Shooters ORION Monthly Match @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
22 Sep - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
29 Sep - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015

1 Oct - Jr Shooters ODJRL Match @ Post 290 Annex, 0800-1600 per relay assignment
6 Oct - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015 
7-9 Oct - ALR 290 Chapter hosting Dept of Virginia Rally @ Post 290
11 Oct - Stafford County National Night Out - Stafford Marketplace, 1700-2000
13 Oct - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
15 Oct - Honor Guard Steak Night with Elvis & Frank Sinatra.  This live entertainment event is limited to 100 patrons.  Tickets are on sale for $30  each.  Contact Rick Schultz for tickets and more information!
20 Oct - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League
 @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015
21-23 Oct - Department Fall Conference
27 Oct - Jr Shooters National Air Rifle League @ Post 290 Annex, 1700-2015

10 Dec - AFJROTC Drill Competition @ Unity Reed High School - 16th District needs volunteers



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:


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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.



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