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Legion news: What you need to know

American Legion news and events.


In memory of our service men and women.

Departments conducting statewide Legacy Run fundraisers

Tennessee, Minnesota, Virginia and Florida among Legion departments staging their own Legacy Runs.

Action Alert: Veterans health care in jeopardy

Alert calls for decisive action by House, Senate leadership on whether Congress will continue to authorize new VA construction.

Legion providing assistance to Oklahoma veterans

National Emergency Fund grants available to veterans impacted by May 20 tornado.

$5 million in homeless grants available

The Department of Labor announced May 16 the availability of funds for the Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Reintegration Program (HFVVWF).

Membership plan laid out

Departments will draft a comprehensive plan to be used at all Legion levels.

Certification stakes center stage at White House forum

Economic Division serves as subject matter expert at forum last week on military licensing and certification for transportation jobs.

Online Extension Institute continues to grow

Online Legion training course surpasses 2,600 purchased licenses in its first year.

Coins raise OCW donation total

Two OCW stories show how change can add up quickly.

Flag program rejuvenates Iowa post

American Legion Albaugh-McGovern Post 42 in Ankeny is on solid fiscal ground thanks to participation in the Legion's Flag Rewards program.

Dateline Capitol Hill

DoD seeks health care increases.

Legion news: What you need to know

Dates and events to keep in mind.

Honor our fallen every day

'Ensure our fallen heroes are not forgotten on Memorial Day and every day.'

Protecting America’s most powerful symbol

Legionnaires teach youth flag etiquette to ensure traditions are not lost, and fallen heroes are not forgotten.


TAPS for May 2013

Department hosts annual Junior Oratorical Contest

New Hampshire is the only American Legion department to conduct a Junior High Oratorical Program for youth in grades six through eight.

Over 500 new members from revitalization efforts

District, post projects in Wisconsin, Michigan and Kansas result in more new members to local posts.

VA launches women veterans hotline

VA phone line designed to answer questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans.

Tell us about your own VA claim wait

Legion wants to hear from Legionnaires about specifics of their VA benefit claims in order to paint a clearer picture of the growing backlog.

Missouri youth named 76th Oratorical champion

Agnes Rieger of Kansas City is crowned the 2013 American Legion National Oratorical champion.

New Jersey, Michigan job fairs help veterans

Hundreds of jobseekers are connected with dozens of employers during two events, coordinated by the Legion, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

NEF eclipses $425,000 for Sandy victims

Payouts assist 450 American Legion Family members and posts affected by last fall’s devastating superstorm.

Flag Day speech ready for download

Flag Day speech available on; copies will be distributed early next week.

HUD identifies housing opportunities for homeless

Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the April 12 notice.

Budget plan boosts funding for homeless vets

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 would make the largest investment to date in homeless veteran assistance programs.

Legacy Run details being finalized

American Legion Legacy Run participants will ride through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

76th Oratorical contestants announced

Watch the championship finals live April 21 on

American Legion Baseball deadlines approaching

April 15 cutoff for departments to report 2013 dates, locations of state tournaments.

Job fairs unite veterans, opportunities

More than 240 veterans received provisional job offers during two recent Hiring Our Heroes job fairs.