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National Security & Foreign Relations


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Support for U.S. Troops and T eir Mission T e American Legion’s positions on national defense, homeland security and quality of life for U.S.


servicemembers and their families are overseen by the National Security Commission. National staff members work closely with all branches of the armed forces and the Department of Defense to identify problems and help produce solutions. T e Legion’s Reconnect program includes visits by veterans to military installations and other events that bring together those who have served with those who are still serving, and strengthens the Legion’s understanding of issues that aff ect our men and women in uniform. T e commission advocates for a strong and well-funded military, a secure border, improved quality


of life for military families, improvements in the military voting system, and many other issues that promote peace through strength. In May, the National Executive Commit ee passed Resolution No. 1, which calls for Congress and the administration to “cease all eff orts to reduce the defense budget from its current level.” Legion leadership and staff have testifi ed before Congress and elsewhere on the need to protect the defense budget. National Security also provides staff support for the Legion’s Heroes to Hometowns program, which connects Legionnaires with U.S. servicemembers who return home injured, ill or wounded. T e Foreign Relations Commission is responsible for the organization’s positions on international


issues, such as a full accounting of POWs and MIAs, human rights, State Department diplomacy, and care for veterans and their families living abroad.


National Security & Foreign Relations programs  Blood Donor Program 


ROTC and Junior ROTC Medals


 National Law Enforcement Offi cer of the Year Award  National Firefi ghter of the Year Award  POW/MIA advocacy


Contact  nsfr@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/securitywww.legion.org/powmia


2012 | T e American Legion Annual Report 15


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