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Legion recognizes top journalists

Legion recognizes top journalists

Fourth Estate Award winners for print, broadcast and new media announced in Charlotte.

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Legionnaire reunites with soldier he saved in Afghanistan

Legionnaire reunites with soldier he saved in Afghanistan

During an OCW donation to a North Carolina VA, Keith Melick and Roy Wilkins met for the first time in 10 years.

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Legion honors Pennsylvania law enforcement officer

Legion honors Pennsylvania law enforcement officer

Andrew Aninsman was recognized with the Legion's National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award during national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Maryland firefighter honored by the Legion

Maryland firefighter honored by the Legion

Sara Shaffer recieved The American Legion's Firefighter of the Year Award during the national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Hire them, develop them, connect them

Hire them, develop them, connect them

USAA senior vice president offers a simple recipe to guide employers who want to hire veterans.

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Hagan, Burr welcome Legion to North Carolina

Hagan, Burr welcome Legion to North Carolina

Both senators thank Legion for its service, pledge to help turnaround at Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Fifth Third Bank donates $10k to NEF

Fifth Third Bank donates $10k to NEF

Check for the Legion's National Emergency Fund was presented during the national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Legion, U.S. Chamber renew vows

Legion, U.S. Chamber renew vows

Hiring Our Heroes event in Charlotte one of many national convention activities aimed at helping military personnel shift into civilian careers.

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‘Treasured items’ for vets in need

‘Treasured items’ for vets in need

Home Depot, The American Legion and Good360 team up to deliver personal care kits to Charlotte organization that helps homeless veterans.

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Dellinger: VA still a system worth saving

Dellinger: VA still a system worth saving

During his report to the national convention, national commander says Legion is doing its part to restore faith in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Student veterans share transition experiences

Student veterans share transition experiences

Veterans, higher education and government officials collaborate at the Legion’s Education Syposium during national convention.

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Homeless veterans numbers continue to decline

Homeless veterans numbers continue to decline

With the goal to end veterans homelessness by 2015, Homeless Veterans Roundtable panelists at national convention discuss successes to date.

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Legion honors Oliver North with national PR award

Legion honors Oliver North with national PR award

TV host, author and Vietnam War veteran cited for publicizing "the sacrifices made by America’s heroes.”

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Combat trauma surgeon given Legion’s top award

Combat trauma surgeon given Legion’s top award

Donald H. Jenkins receives Lergion's Distinguished Service Medal for innovations in treating combat injuries.

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Obama to Legion: VA making progress, but work remains

Obama to Legion: VA making progress, but work remains

Addressing the 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the president pledges to “do right” by veterans, their families.

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Five servicemembers given Spirit of Service award

Five servicemembers given Spirit of Service award

National Commander Dan Dellinger and Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White honor five individuals with award that recognizes community volunteerism.

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Legion signs job-portal agreement with Military.com

Legion.org will soon feature Military.com's unique job-search database, tools and engine.

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Famed talk show host kicks off Opening Ceremonies

Famed talk show host kicks off Opening Ceremonies

Montel Williams, master of ceremonies at convention, praises Legion for efforts during VA scandals.

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OCW donates $10k in items to North Carolina VA

OCW donates $10k in items to North Carolina VA

Legionanires delivered calling cards, gift cards and other comfort supplies during a surprise visit to veterans at Salisbury VA Medical Center.

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Employment summit teaches attendees how to get hired

Employment summit teaches attendees how to get hired

About 70 veterans, servicemembers and spouses gathered for the Legion's Employment & Empowerment Summit to receive job-search advice from renowned veteran friendly employers.

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NASCAR legend Richard Petty receives Legion ‘Good Guy’ Award

NASCAR legend Richard Petty receives Legion ‘Good Guy’ Award

Racing icon honored during the national convention for his patriotism and service to the community.

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Final appeals process for veterans' claims facing uncertainty

Final appeals process for veterans' claims facing uncertainty

A growing caseload and possible reduction in staffing could have an impact on the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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Montel Williams to host national convention opening

Montel Williams to host national convention opening

Veteran of both TV and military to speak on Charlotte stage on Tuesday.

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'Revolutionary party' follows convention parade

'Revolutionary party' follows convention parade

Founding Fathers Brewing Co. sponsors celebration that features support for Legion, Revolutionary War heroes and free beer.

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A memorial tribute to the colors

A memorial tribute to the colors

National chaplain’s Patriotic Memorial Service message focuses on the American flag and all it means.

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American Military Spouses Choir performs at convention

American Military Spouses Choir performs at convention

Military spouse vocalist group is in Charlotte, N.C., lending their voices to the event's Patriotic Memorial Service, Opening Ceremonies.

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This time, weather cooperates for parade in Charlotte

This time, weather cooperates for parade in Charlotte

Twelve years after rain halted the last national convention parade in Charlotte, temps dropped into the 70s and spectators lined the streets.

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‘Change requires a burning platform’

‘Change requires a burning platform’

VA official says VA is figuratively on fire and that change is the ‘fire hose’ needed to put it out.

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Bridging the military to civilian gap

Bridging the military to civilian gap

Veterans Employment & Education Commission meeting at national convention featured a panel that examined challenges transitioning servicemembers encounter and how Legionnaires can help.

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'Honoring a sacrifice'

'Honoring a sacrifice'

DoD's director of the Personnel Accounting Consolidation Task Force tells Legion her department is taking very seriously its efforts to revamp U.S. accounting of its missing war dead.

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