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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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Spinal Cord SuperCenter

Minneapolis VA refines the art of rehabilitation.

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Parallel Universes

More than three years after Katrina lambasted their VA medical center, New Orleans veterans find themselves poised to provide hope in a city yearning for recovery.

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Operation Comfort Warriors keeps pledge

One of my favorite clauses in the Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion comes at the end: “To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”

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Respect the wishes of our fallen heroes

On Memorial Day, images of freedom's cost hold our attention and stir our souls. Floral wreaths are delicately placed beside marble monuments.

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The Battle to Train the Enemies of our Enemies

Peace activists and their allies in Congress tried to shut down the School of the Americas. Now they vow to close its successor, WHINSEC.

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Holiday Honors

Maine businessman describes how one year of extra inventory led to a nationwide act of remembrance at Christmas time.

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Protecting Old Glory worth the effort

In its 1989 Texas v. Johnson decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down – by a 5-to-4 vote – more than 200 years of laws protecting the U.S. flag from physical desecration.

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A legacy of stepping up in tough times

If you think Legion membership and compassionate support for veterans can only flourish in the good times, you might be surprised by how the organization performed through the Depression.

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The boy with the 40-year-old kidney

From the moment he entered this world, little Gabriel and those around him faced an uphill battle to keep him from leaving it.

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The Never-ending Battle

Recent attention to how America cares for wounded warriors leads back to a long-brewing problem: VA’s disability claims backlog.

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Eight Thousand Mysteries

Revelation of a U.S. POW held in China during the Korean War gives hope to families that have waited so long for closure.

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The Magi from Texas

On Christmas Eve 1943, three unexpected visitors brought peace to a war-torn Italian town.

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The Power to Protect

Harvard law professor and flag‑protection advocate Richard Parker won’t bow to academic elitism.

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How to Fund a War

Some called it "Operation Tin Cup." But it worked. Two budget advisers to President George H.W. Bush describe the way the United States managed the Gulf War's costs.

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A Prayer Remembered

Former NFL star Rocky Bleier, saved from combat wounds in Vietnam, longs to give back.

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Now that we have Washington's attention

During the first half of 2009, The American Legion’s convictions were tested on the national stage.

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Is Empire a Dirty Word?

The founding fathers’ answer may surprise you.

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RAPID FIRE: Remembering 9/11

On the era in which we live.

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Red Christmas

The fact that some of the stuff we purchase may be painted or assembled by people imprisoned for their religious beliefs should give us all pause, especially at Christmastime.

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America's Next Commander in Chief

Candidates Obama and McCain sound off on national security, veterans issues and the flag.

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THE POWER OF POWER: The H20 Factor

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former United Nations secretary-general, has said that the next global conflict will erupt not over oil, but over water.

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Up to the Challenge

National Commaner Dave Rehbein leaves the laboratory to lead The American Legion.

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THE POWER OF POWER: Corn-Fed Fuel

Ethanol has been cast for years as America’s economic and environmental salvation. But there are two sides to the cost-benefit analysis.

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Birth of a War

The 1983 Beirut barracks attack ignited a quarter-century of conflict that America has yet to fully understand.

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Operation Freedom Car

The March issue of The American Legion Magazine included a special pull-out poster featuring American Legion Racing and No. 76 driver Jerick Johnson. The poster is available here as a free download. Just click the links below.

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Muted Messages

For much of U.S. media, good news in Iraq is bad news, or no news at all.

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