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I Am The American Legion - Betty Gonzales

“It’s an honor to be there when they are saying goodbye to their loved ones.”

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More than names

Janie Schaut hopes her personal histories for veterans of her community will inspire similar work nationwide.

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America at war

A chronology of U.S. military interventions and the prices paid.

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'Veterans cannot suspend death'

As Memorial Day approaches, I take great pride in one of The American Legion’s more recent victories, which restored the burial of veterans in one of our nation’s overseas cemeteries.

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'Why Memorial Day'

Before his 30-year tenure as a U.S Supreme Court justice, for which he is often remembered as the “Great Dissenter,” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. fought in the Civil War on the side of the Union. A first lieutenant in the 20th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers, he was seriously wounded at the battles of Ball’s Bluff, Antietam and Chancellorsville. On May 30, 1884, Holmes gave the following address to his fellow veterans at John Sedgwick Post No. 4, Grand Army of the Republic, in Keene, N.H. It is the first of his two famous and oft-quoted Memorial Day speeches.

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Smooth move

Smart financial planning can make the difference in military-to-civilian transitions.

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The world's no. 1 enemy

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, envisions “volcanoes of jihad” everywhere.

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The historic Doolittle Raid began with a daring takeoff from a pitching flight deck.

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The power of hate

From neo-Nazis to Islamic terrorism, Europe faces a rising tide of extremism.

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Vietnam's 'senior class'

Often forgotten, the Americans who served in country between 1950 and 1964 saw their share of death and danger.

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I Am The American Legion - Sean Davis

“I want a place for other veterans to go where they can feel safe and know that there’s somebody there who went through what they did.”

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Strength in the skies helped make America a superpower. Will sequestration clip our wings?

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I Am The American Legion - John Thompson

“I think the experience here will benefit them no matter what career path they choose.”

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'This has to happen'

National memorial for Desert Storm veterans signed into law.

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Our lasting bond with law enforcement

Just as our organization has been a staunch advocate for military veterans for nearly a century, we also stand proudly alongside our nation’s law-enforcement officers.

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Top of the world


Engineering marvel, strategic position, research station and space observatory, Thule Air Base fulfills multiple missions where the winter sun doesn’t shine.

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The Smokejumpers

The nation’s first all-black parachute infantry battalion took on dangerous firefighting missions in the final months of World War II.

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More than a story

Acquaint, or reacquaint, yourself with the The Chapel of Four Chaplains.

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4x4: A time for Legion Family values

Our family is everywhere because we need to be everywhere.

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Credentialing Crunch

Despite American Legion-led inroads, a web of state laws continues to hold up smooth military-to-civilian career transitions.

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Casualties of care

Inadequate VA staffing, surges in patient numbers and appointment cover-ups blamed for preventable deaths and national demands for accountability.

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The battle remembered

Seventy years after the cold, snowy, bloody fight that led to victory in World War II, Bulge veterans continue to find each other.

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A month of hours

When a veteran couple fell on hard times, The American Legion and The Home Depot teamed up to help complete their home.

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First Blood

Competition, controlledfears and a desperate craving for a shootdown put Eddie Rickenbacker on a path to become America’s “ace of aces.”

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The music of military service

Operation Encore blends the songwriting and playing talents of men and women who know the deeper meanings of service.

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What Louie Zamperini meant to Angelina Jolie

The American Legion Magazine interviewed Jolie via email about meeting her hero, Louie Zamperini.

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Valor was everywhere

Ryan Pitts distinguished himself on the battlefield and in the heart of a young boy fighting for his life.

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I Am The American Legion - Bill Czmyr

"Veterans need a place to live."

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The Man who was Unbroken

Louis Zamperini was many things in his lifetime, not the least of which was inspirational.

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The Oak Ridge Boys

Singer Joe Bonsall explains why the quartet, now allied with The American Legion, continues to delight audiences.

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