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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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Masters of Disasters

Since 9/11, thousands of emergency responders have flocked to the curious mock town of Disaster City to train for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

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Legion, Sears partner on Heroes at Home fundraising

Sears’ Heroes at Home is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.

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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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All hands on deck

The American Legion’s first national commander from Florida, retired Navy captain Clarence Hill, calls on members to engage a new generation.

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76 Hours of Hell

A recounting of the battle for Betio in the Pacific's Tarawa Atoll.

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Valerie Tobias

How the military changed my life

Earlier this year, The American Legion Magazine asked readers to put pen to paper and explain how military service changed their lives.

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What we mean by pride and purpose

There are two words that have always accompanied my travels as a Legionnaire and will continue to do so this year, as national commander. They are "pride" and "purpose."

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DoD

Shrouded in sickness

Of the 697,000 U.S. troops who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War, about one in four suffer from illnesses related to the conflict, according to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RAC).

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Extreme Rehabilitation

Second Lt. Doug Pringle was stunned when a group of disabled World War II veterans walked into his room at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco in November 1968 and invited him to go ski-ing. With one leg severed and the other leg shattered by a North Vietnamese grenade just five months earlier, Pringle quickly refused. He reconsidered after his buddies came back from their first outing with stories of hanging out in bars with beautiful women.

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Out of Harm's Way

To land in Landstuhl is to know you're alive, and the voices you hear come from people dedicated to keeping you that way.

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Washington's forgotten memorial

A deteriorating D.C. memorial is the Mall's only nod to World War I.

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Cops Under Fire

Among other challenges, America's police officers face a disturbing rise in aggression toward law enforcement.

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The Navigation of Change

As the 23rd commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen has borne the burden of change, most pro-foundly by steering his massive fleet and force out of the Department of Transportation and into new and unwieldy seas in the global war on terrorism under the Department of Homeland Security. As both Atlantic-area and Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic commander, Allen earned praise by directing the Coast Guard's East Coast response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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What we learned from The Surge

One year ago, U.S. Central Command characterized the situation in Iraq as "near chaos." The Army Times decried Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's strategy as a failure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to "change the course" in Iraq by ending the war. Withdrawing the troops was a common refrain. Then came The Surge.

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AFRICOM

In the post-colonial era, Africa has seen more than its share of chaos and violence. U.S forces offer a stabilizing influence.

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Britain after Blair

The new U.K. prime minister is not likely to share his predecessor's unqualified love of America. BY ALAN W. DOWD When Tony Blair took the helm of the United Kingdom in May 1997, he invited President Bill Clinton to address a cabinet meeting in London - a first for a foreign leader. It was an early indication that Blair took what he described as a "special relationship" very seriously. Ten years and three wars later, Blair is gone. And Gordon Brown is in. It's difficult to imagine Brown ever inviting President Bush to sit in on a cabinet meeting.

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Faces of Freedom

"Would I be worthy of their sacrifice?" That's the question Rebecca Pepin attempts to answer in her book "Faces of Freedom."

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Rescue in Afghanistan

Operation Red Wings, and the rescue effort that followed, broke the back of the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Konar province.

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