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Legion news for January

Legion news: What you need to know

Legion programs may count toward BSA badges

Legion staff working to make certain Legion programs serve as qualifying criteria for Boy Scouts of America merit badges.

Congress scrambles to finish business

In advance of the winter break, Congress worked to resolve some pending issues, including some important to veterans.

Veterans homelessness percentage drops

Percentage dropped 8 percent from January 2012 to January 2013, 24 percent since 2010.

OCW helps out New Mexico veterans

Department of New Mexico, Legion Riders, National Headquarters staff distribute $30,000 worth of gifts to VA medical center.

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Painting a tribute to veterans

Ohio artist paints his second war mural, a rendition of ‘Reflections’ by artist Lee Teter.

Mail box becomes retired U.S. flag box

The retired flag-drop box is placed in a high-traffic, secure location: the Brown County Court House.

‘A fond farewell’

Two Montana Legionnaires experience the emotional impact of a deployment ceremony.

COLA bill signed into law

On Nov. 21, President Barack Obama enacted Public Law 113-52, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013.

Legion news: What you need to know

Legion news

Three rule changes for junior baseball teams

Starting with the 2014 American Legion Baseball season, changes apply to courtesy runners, the designated hitter and re-entry rules.

Legion tagline contest shelved

The $500 budgeted for the winning submission will be applied to the National Emergency Fund.

Youth take on highway litter

Arizona youth groups keep America beautiful by picking up trash and earning compensation for it.

A season of honor, remembrance

National Commander's Message

Planning under way for 2014 Legacy Run

Internal Affairs Division staff members have begun route planning and other preparations for the 2014 American Legion Legacy Run

Whistleblowers testify on problems at VA clinic

Former doctors at facility testify on culture of negligence that has compromised patient safety at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.

LEAD training takes center stage

Through February 2014, LEAD training will be presented at 11 different departments.

New Jersey hosts 13th job fair

More than 100 employers, veterans in attendance at Nov. 5 career fair at National Guard armory in Morristown.

Dateline: House passes six veteran-related bills

Dateline Capitol Hill

Riders Advisory Committee members announced

5 committee members serve as regional points of contact for national vice commanders, department commanders, department ALR programs.

New NEF kits being delivered

National Headquarters is sending out new National Emergency Fund response kits to departments in support of National Commander Dan Dellinger’s primary fundraising campaign.

Veterans to learn COLA increases soon

Military retirees and veterans with service-connected disability compensation will know their 2014 cost-of-living adjustment later this week.

Legion membership hits the airwaves

American Legion Department of Indiana members campaign on the radio, TV, at Colts NFL games.

Design your own Legion T-shirt

ClassB offers Legion family members the ability to design and order smaller quantities of custom-made T-shirts.

Track volunteer hours

To help your post and department attain 100-percent reporting, Legionnaire Tammy Hamilton has passed along a volunteer tracking form that she created to help her post officers collect the required info she needs to complete a CPR.

A diamond among Wisconsin Legionnaires

Camp American Legion provides rest, recuperation to local veterans and their families.

61 years of membership cards framed

Lloyd Vollmer of Mankato, Minn., has collected 61 years of Legion membership cards.

Legion news: What you need to know

Host a blood drive; remember troops over the holidays; download Blue Star Families booklet; watch Oratorical Contest videos

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