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National Security & Foreign Relations


Support for the Troops, their Mission and our Homeland T e American Legion’s positions on national defense, homeland security and quality of


life for military personnel and their families are housed within the pillar of Defense. T e National Security Commission and staff work closely with all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Department of Defense to identify problems and help produce solutions. T e National Security Division is currently focusing on troop strength, military quality of life, homeland security, border control, the war on terror, cyberspace threats, and improvements to the military-voting system. One high-profi le program is Operation Comfort Warriors, which provides comfort items for troops recovering in military hospitals and warrior transition units. T e Foreign Relations Commission, meanwhile, is responsible for the organization’s positions on international issues with potential impact on U.S. interests. T e Legion, for instance, is dedicated to the full accounting of POWs and MIAs whose remains are not easily accessed in some countries, along with human rights, and care for veterans and their families who live abroad. Currently, the Legion strongly supports relief for the Montagnard people of Vietnam, who face persecution due to their support of U.S. military operations during the war. T e commission encourages adequate funding for USAID and the reversal of the flow of illegal drugs into America.


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Programs of National Security & Foreign Relations  Blood Donor Program 


Junior ROTC Medals Program


 National Law Enforcement Offi cer of the Year Award  National Firefi ghter of the Year Award  Operation Comfort Warriors  Support for the Department of State


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Contact:  nsfr@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/securitywww.legion.org/powmiawww.legion.org/troops/operationcomfort


14 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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