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Taps for April 2013

Koutz praises move to restore tuition assistance

Congress agrees to temporary budget fix, which will restore most funds that troops can use to help pay for college.

Deadline nears for American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Eligible applicants have until April 15 to submit their applications to The American Legion National Headquarters.

Job picture for veterans improves

Despite improvement, nation’s youngest veterans still having trouble finding employment.

Background check process under way for Legion baseball

All 49 departments participating in American Legion Baseball have now established their accounts with Protect Youth Sports, Inc.

NEF payouts in 2013

Payout from the National Emergency Fund has surpassed last year’s total by more than $24,000.

Massachusetts unveils plan to end veteran homelessness

Plan will look at the needs of all homeless men and women who served in the military, regardless of their discharge status.

Legion addresses benefits claims with VA

National Headquarters staff praises agency’s efforts to speed up process, but says there are still too many lapses in service, attention to detail.

Legacy Run 2013 plans moving forward

Registration now open for this year’s run, which will start in Indianapolis on Aug. 18 and wind up in Houston.

Dateline: Sequestration's affects on military, veterans

Sequestration’s affects on the military, veterans.

Legion's highest honors awarded

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff received The American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award; former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia received The American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award.

Our duty to those who served

Working with VA to decrease the claims backlog.

Legion news: What you need to know

Stay updated on American Legion deadlines and reminders.

'Bridging the Gap'

The Legion’s new educational comic book helps children recognize, prevent and stop bullying.


Honor and rememberance

New Claims Coach app released

The new Claims Coach app includes a recoded directory of accredited American Legion service officers nationwide.

Film sparks debate

"Emperor" tells the story of Hirohito’s fate and winning peace in Japan after World War II.

Download Consolidated Post Report forms

The 2012-2013 forms can be completed and submited online at

Legion brochures help recruit members

The new "How We Help" and "Why You Should Belong" American Legion brochures illustrate the many ways the organization serves veterans and their communities nationwide.

Washington Conference covers a lot of ground

Washington Conference speakers include VA secretary, chairman of House, Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.

Certificates sent to longtime Legionnaires

Continuous Years Certificates have been completed and mailed to their respective posts.

D.C. staff hosts DSO school

The Department Service Officers of The American Legion are the frontline soldiers in the trenches, battling for veterans benefits.

Consolidated Post Reports now available

The 2012–2013 Consolidated Post Report is now available for use on

Sequestration deadline edges closer

As March 1 approaches, calls to avoid sequestration are getting louder on Capitol Hill.


Registration ongoing for 2013 Legacy Run

Ride to Houston sets goal of raising $450,000 for American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

VA, DoD pull back on electronic health records

National commander ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the new plan for servicemembers’ health records.

Gold, Silver Brigade membership award enhanced

The membership award has been renamed "Koutz Scouts" and offers monetary incentive for 2012 top-level Legion recruiters.

New home for wounded warrior

Indiana Legionnaires and community members help build Army Infantryman Tim Senkowski and his family a new, stable life.

Membership incentive: Big 12 Competition

Get reimbursed for computer equipment purchases of up to $2,000.

VA, DoD upgrades its benefits website

Joint VA/DoD web portal provides access to variety of military, veterans benefits resources.