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Do our children know all the words?

Schoolchildren of Waregem, Belgium, spend the better part of each year learning to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” in English.

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THE POWER OF POWER: The Post-Petro Economy

Thirty years after Three Mile Island, America confronts its fear of going nuclear.

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Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Crawford

Porous at the Ports

Security at America’s entry points has been a national-security focus since 9/11.
With no major incidents to report, have we been good or just lucky?

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The Shelf Lives of Warplanes

B-52 Stratofortress and C-130 Hercules aircraft have flown for decades. What separates them from today’s high-tech warbirds, which cost more but aren’t as durable?

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THE POWER OF POWER: Boomtown

Many in western Wyoming want the energy industry to proceed with more caution.

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The threat of a new missile age

The risk of electromagnetic pulse devastation is greater than ever. Why does Washington dismiss it?

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Burden of Proof

Leaders say a philosophy of suspicion keeps VA from making significant progress on the swelling backlog of veteran disability claims.

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An Unsolved Medical Mystery

No one knows exactly what causes Lou Gehrig’s disease, but we do know veterans contract it at a higher rate than others. Last September, strongly encouraged by The American Legion, VA finally connected the dots.

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River City: 91st National Convention

Where past and present meet.

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Today’s warriors need us more than ever

By my second day in the war theater of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I realized I was surrounded by reasons why The American Legion matters today as much as ever – maybe more so.

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Tailored for Space

Blue Star Banner company in rural Delaware takes pride in a legacy of accomplishments and patriotism.

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So much more than a speech contest

Between visits to post, district and department functions, along with national meetings and events, I will give more than 200 speeches by the time my tenure as national commander is up.

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Monumental Challenge

The Supreme Court’s decision on the Mojave Desert cross may set a precedent for veterans memorials everywhere.

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Death of a Specimen

Former VA researchers are enraged their Legionella samples were destroyed.

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Out of the Darkness

At last, more military sexual trauma victims are speaking up and getting help.

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The Homecoming of José Pequeño

Doctors gave him 48 hours to live. But José Pequeño survived severe brain injury and struggled through a 33-month recovery in several VA hospitals. Finally, just before Christmas, the warrior and his family came home.

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Spirit of the GI Bill renewed

The American Legion's greatest accomplishment, many say, is the GI Bill.

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Missing in America

At funeral homes across the country, an unknown number of veterans’ ashes go unclaimed. Legionnaires are helping to give them proper burial and honors.

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Smoke-Free or Freedom to Smoke?

Once glorified on the silver screen and accepted in society, cigarette smoking has since been driven to the brink of illegality. It all started with a study by a VA doctor.

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The Four Pillars

The value of American Legion Membership is built around four major missions.

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The Last Doughboy

As the sole surviving American veteran of World War I, Frank Woodruff Buckles, 107, of Charles Town, W.Va., is the nation's last "doughboy," the only remaining soldier of 4 million men called by President Woodrow Wilson to fight against Germany in 1917.

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The War Inside

Army makes significant push to reduce suicides.

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Pillar I: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

The American Legion has for nearly 90 years acted as the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for U.S. military veterans.

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A tale of two clauses

Attorneys for the ACLU and other groups continue to chip away at our country's Christian heritage, filing and winning frivolous lawsuits that have banned the Ten Commandments, Latin crosses, Boy Scouts of America and the Pledge of Allegiance from public display, gathering or utterance.

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Pillar II: National Security

To those who have sworn with their lives to protect the United States against enemies near and far, national security is a deeply held value.

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Nothing to Lose

Homeless veterans in America are not criminals or misfits. They are individuals who have served America, and we need to help them find their way back home.

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Pillar III: Americanism

As an organization dedicated to God and country, with a membership of military veterans that takes deep pride in the U.S. flag and all it means, The American Legion has always been a stalwart champion of patriotism, morality and citizenship.

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Brain Trust

A $4.6 million DoD grant to develop a new TBI‑diagnosis device came with a breakneck deadline.

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Pillar IV: Children & Youth

The American Legion has been a staunch supporter for the children and youth of our nation since its founding in 1919.

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Kick for Nick

19-year-old Nick Madaras was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol. But his plan to share soccer with Iraqi children didn’t die with him.

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