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VA Home Loans: Loan, sweet loan

In an era of mortgage meltdown around America, veterans find security in VA home-loan benefits.

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VA Home Loans: The VA home loan advantage

A mortgage-lending employee speaks to The American Legion Magazine about today's VA home loan, what veterans need to watch out for, and how the program remains one of the most valuable benefits of military service.

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Spiritual Pathways

Ancient traditions help mental-health professionals connect with American Indian veterans battling PTS.

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The beauty, the brains and the strength

How an unassuming, churchgoing soldier from Utah captured America's heart in Las Vegas.

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A well-regulated militia

At a time of extended National Guard war deployments, state defense forces cannot be forgotten. In fact, they should be strengthened.

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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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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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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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The Iraqibacter

Medical experts wary of dangerous germ now striking war-wounded troops.

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Beyond all expectations

Service-disabled military retiree rises to the top of the small-business world.

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Honor students with medal program

One of the best ways to perform service to God and country is to take an active interest in developing America's youth as patriotic, freedom-loving citizens.

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The Strongest Generation

Army Vice Chief Gen. Richard Cody says that never before have so few Americans bravely protected so many.

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Helmets To Hardhats

For young veterans launching their careers, a national program turns military experience into civilian certification and acceptance.

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A Long-Term Commitment

What the people of Afghanistan need from America.

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Law Provides Business Resources For Veterans

The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 can help soldier-entrepreneurs.

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Severe Eye Injuries Don't Stop Missouri Ballplayer

Larry Whitaker started playing baseball when he was 5 years old. He was a gifted young player, able to elevate his game enough to make travel teams by the time he was 11. But everything the young man dreamed of nearly fell to pieces on the Fourth of July 2005 when a bottle rocket misfired and hit Whitaker in his left eye. His cornea was scratched, and his iris was shattered. His right eye was also damaged. Suddenly, he was legally blind. Doctors said he would never play baseball again.

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Turnout Turnaround Depends On Us

Even with spikes every four years for the presidential elections, voter turnout has followed a troubling trajectory in recent decades, rarely exceeding 60 percent even when there's a controversy on the ballot.

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Fresh Paint

Infantry sergeant bears witness to Ramadi's historic transformation.

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Treasured Trip

Series of coin exchanges makes for a memorable mission.

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Sen. Daniel Akaka: Bring VA Up To Date

Senate Veterans Affairs Committtee chairman Daniel Akaka speaks with The American Legion Magazine about the committee's approach to the second half of the 110th Congress.

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The Majority's Right To Rule

Why the power to protect our flag will eventually be reclaimed by the American people.

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Do You Need A Career Coach?

A career coach can be an invaluable resource in today's competitive, constantly changing and often difficult market.

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For Those Who've Lost Their Heroes

A college senior from Michigan will soon spend another winter break without his father, a staff sergeant whose life was taken in a mortar attack in Baqubah, Iraq, on Christmas Day 2003. Two teen brothers in California will take a moment this holiday season to remember their Marine-pilot stepfather who was killed in an air crash in Pakistan; the oldest boy was only 12 when he tearfully described their late parent as "a hero, especially to me" at the funeral five years ago. Two students at the University of Illinois, a brother and sister, are about to complete their college degrees and lau

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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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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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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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What It Means To Be A Veteran In Business

What does it mean to be a veteran business owner? In 1999, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 – Public Law 106-50 – went into effect, and suddenly there was a whole new meaning to being an entrepreneur who also happened to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Since before World War II and the Korean War, it was considered an honor and a duty to employ and do business with U.S. veterans.

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One boy's unforgettable moment

One boy's unforgettable moment

After a long career in newspapers, writer still cherishes the day he met Babe Ruth over 50 years ago.

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