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VHA must strengthen local preparedness

VHA must strengthen local preparedness

While the Veterans Health Administration is well prepared at the national level to handle emergencies, it needs to improve its degree of preparedness at the local level.

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Korean War anniversary commemorated

Korean War anniversary commemorated

Members of Congress gathered in the Capitol to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

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New Orleans VAMC to break ground

New Orleans VAMC to break ground

PNC William Detweiler, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki among those scheduled to attend event; completion of project scheduled for late 2013.

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Oregon National Guard award announced

Oregon National Guard award announced

Filmmaker Suzanne DeLaurentiis will be presented with Oregon National Guard Commendation, an award rarely given to civilians, for her endeavors to help wounded soldiers.

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A 'historic day' for New Orleans

A 'historic day' for New Orleans

Ground broken for VAMC construction project that will replace hospital nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

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A bond that defies age

A bond that defies age

Only 27 and serving as commander of the second largest post in Wyoming, Loren Davis says a kinship exists between he and the older veterans in his post.

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The spirit of a city

The spirit of a city

Past National Commander Bill Detweiler, a New Orleans resident, says the new VAMC that is being built is an example of his city's rebirth after Katrina.

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Bronze medallions available for headstones

Bronze medallions available for headstones

VA is offering the medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers for veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990.

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Legion Player of the Year honored in N.Y.

Legion Player of the Year honored in N.Y.

Tyler Jacobson, the George W. Rulon American Legion Player of the Year, recently received the honorable award in Cooperstown, N.Y., during an MLB alumni game.

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Montana player pitches a perfect game

Montana player pitches a perfect game

Joe Pistorese, a pitcher for the Montana Kalispell Lakers Class AA American Legion Baseball team, pitched a 27-up, 27-down game last month.

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NASC delegates learn about the Legion

NASC delegates learn about the Legion

On June 27 in Indianapolis, nearly 1,000 student council members were educated on The American Legion's multiple youth programs.

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Legion VA&R staff stays busy

Legion VA&R staff stays busy

Congressional testimony on VA's emergency preparedness, working with other VSOs among many recent activities by D.C. staff.

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Job Corps to offer veterans career training

Job Corps to offer veterans career training

The Labor Department, the Veterans' Employment and Training Service and the Employment and Training Administration's Job Corps will offer veterans hands-on training in 100 career fields.

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Flag to be at half-staff

Flag to be at half-staff

To honor recently deceased Sen. Robert Byrd, President Obama orders flag to be at half-staff on July 3, July 6.

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NCA delivering on veterans' preference

NCA delivering on veterans' preference

During recent meeting with Legion, the National Cemetery Administration reported that veterans comprise 71.5 percent of its workforce.

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Legion outraged at St. Louis negligence

Legion outraged at St. Louis negligence

More than 1,800 veterans may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis viruses because dental equipment was not properly cleaned at John Cochran VAMC.

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Homeless female vets to get federal aid

Homeless female vets to get federal aid

The Department of Labor has announced more than $5 million in grants to aid homeless female veterans and veterans with families.

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VA looking at restructuring office

VA looking at restructuring office

Legion takes part in meeting with VA's Washington Regional Office, where plan is to hire or promote 20 new rating specialists.

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Senate urged to pass Gold Star parents bill

Senate urged to pass Gold Star parents bill

Leaders of The American Legion are urging members of the Senate to pass legislation that would benefit the elderly parents of servicemembers who died on active duty.

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Legion: RAPID needs improvement

Legion: RAPID needs improvement

Legion is recommending further improvements to the Rating and Processing Individual's Disability Claims Act.

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2008 Olympian talks Shooting Sports

2008 Olympian talks Shooting Sports

Jamie Beyerle, The American Legion's 2002 Junior Shooting Sports champion, discusses her success in the 2008 Olympics and her hopes for the 2012 games.

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Arriving in style at Pocono

Arriving in style at Pocono

Prior to the Messina Wildlife Management 200, driver Jerick Johnson was given an escort to the track by Pennsylvania Legion Riders.

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Sharpe to attend White House briefing

Sharpe to attend White House briefing

Legion Economic director will receive update on President Obama's National Export Initiative.

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Hill: Medal proposal 'misguided'

Hill: Medal proposal 'misguided'

Awarding medals to U.S. troops holding fire in a war zone will ultimately cost lives, national commander says.

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Legion, VA discuss NCA's goals, priorities

Legion, VA discuss NCA's goals, priorities

Legion Assistant Director Jacob Gadd meets with Steve Muro, acting under secretary for Memorial Affairs, to discuss National Cemetery Administration.

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Time to call up the (oil) reserves

Time to call up the (oil) reserves

America has untapped oil reserves, but it's a matter of taking advantage of them to decrease foreign oil imports.

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GI Film Festival under way in D.C.

GI Film Festival under way in D.C.

American Legion-award-winning event celebrates military service on the silver screen.

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Owens' Purple Heart citation going home

Owens' Purple Heart citation going home

At long last, a Purple Heart citation for a member of the original "Band of Brothers" is returning to the family of the man who earned it.

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Legion teams up with VeteransPlus

Legion teams up with VeteransPlus

The National Executive Committee of The American Legion has passed a resolution to establish a national partnership with VeteransPlus, a non-profit financial education and counseling company.

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Owens' Purple Heart finally reaches home

Owens' Purple Heart finally reaches home

At Legion Post 147 in James Island, S.C., a Purple Heart citation for one of the original "Band of Brothers" was returned to the family of the man who earned it.

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