Organization and History:
The Minnesota American Legion Hospital Association was organized as a result of action taken by its fourth annual department convention in 1922 to provide financial
assistance to World War I veterans who needed specialized medical care, but lacked funds to pay for such care. Following World War II, the services of the association were accorded to veterans
of that conflict, and subsequently to veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam, etc.
In 1961 The Department Commander, Auxiliary President and the Department Legion Finance Chairman were added to the board.
In 1979, the eligibility rules were amended to make Auxiliary members eligible for assistance. At that time, the name was changed to the American Legion and American
Legion Auxiliary Hospital Association.
In 1993, At the annual meeting of the association at the department convention at Bloomington, it was voted to limit assistance to members of the American Legion Hospital
Association, and to provide for the payment of "hospital and doctor bills incurred during hospitalization (in-patient or out-patient) at any duly licensed hospital within or adjacent to the
State of Minnesota," so that doctor's bills, previously not included, are now included, as are bills incurred at local hospitals, not just those for "specialized care" at certain
In 1999 Action was taken to add the Son's of the American Legion into the association with their financial contribution the same as the American Legion and Auxiliary.
It was also voted to include one S.A.L. member to the board. The name of the association was again changed to the American Legion Family Hospital Association.
In 2004 the membership voted to add the Son's of the American Legion Detachment Commander to the board and remove the American Legion Finance Chairman. The fiscal
year of the Association was changed to August 1st-July 31. The annual meeting of the Association was changed from the Department convention to the Department Fall conference, to
begin in 2005.
Who is a member?
Today, the association is officially incorporated as The American Legion Family Hospital Association. All members of The Minnesota American Legion,
American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of The American Legion, are members of the association.
Revenue for carrying on the work of the association consists of donations received from Posts, Squadrons, and Units, memorial and personal donations, an annual silent
auction, twenty five cents from membership dues and interest from investments. The American Legion Family Hospital Association is a 501C3 so gaming funds can be used to make a donation.
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated to continue assisting members with unpaid medical bills.
All members of the association and their eligible dependents, regardless of their place of residence, are eligible for benefits provided by the
association, provided they have been members in good standing for 12 months prior to application for assistance. By a dependent is meant one who receives his or her entire support from the member and
is not eligible to belong to the American Legion, Auxiliary or The Son's of the American Legion.
Financial aid is available to all eligible members of the association for payment of medical bills incurred for services provided by any duly licensed
medical facility provided the need for financial assistance has been determined.
Before applying to the association for aid, veterans should take advantage of the services
offered them by the government at Veterans Hospitals. The member's dependents should make all possible use of other available medical assistance programs
The Association does not pay for the following:
- Transportation to and from the hospital (unless by ambulance)
- Hotel-Motel bills for anyone accompanying a patient unless an attendant is deemed necessary and authorized by the association.
- Telephone bills incurred by the patient
- Personal services
- Hearing Aids
- Chiropractic services
- Dental work
- Medical supplies or prosthetics
- Obtain an application one of 3 ways:
- Print the application from the web site or
- Call Department Headquarters at 866-259-9163 or 651-291-1800 or
- Contact your Post or County Veterans Service Officer
- Completing application process:
- Fill our the application completely
- Include copies of current medical bills
- Give provider written permission to discuss your medical bills with the Association by signing and dating the application
- Mail the completed application and copies of medical bills to the address on the application
Listed below are the current members of the board. Please feel free to contact any of them with and questions or comments.
- President Dennis
11227 Crocus St. NW
Coon Rapids, 55433
- Vice President Marie Goede
630 3rd Ave. NW
- Secretary Sharon Christensen
Marshall, MN 46258
- Trustee Jim Kellogg
Taopi, MN 55977
- Trustee Nick Kakos
3240 Humboldt Ave So.,
Minneapolis, MN 55408
- Trustee Dean Knutson
15389 Cty Rd
* The Department Commander, Department President and
Detachment Commander are members of the Board.TOP