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Open Your Heart program still strong

Legionnaire Bob Wefald of Lloyd Spetz Post 1 in Bismarck, N.D., takes inventory on thousands of canned food donations during the 2006 Open Your Heart program.

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Shinseki delivers "state of VA"

Shinseki delivers "state of VA"

In his 2009 “state of the VA” address to Congress, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki focused on the disability claims backlog, access to the VA health-care system, and the homeless veterans issue.

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Legion praises VA help for Agent Orange victims

Legion praises VA help for Agent Orange victims

National Commander Clarence Hill says he is pleased VA has acknowledged herbicide Agent Orange as a culprit in three more illnesses plaguing Vietnam vets: Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

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Supreme Court still divided over Mojave Cross

Supreme Court still divided over Mojave Cross

The fate of the Sunrise Rock War Memorial (Mojave Cross) rests in the hands of a U.S Supreme Court that appeared divided on the issue during Wednesday morning’s hearing.

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New Senate bill would help more vets with traumatic injuries

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that will provide retroactive payments to servicemembers who suffered traumatic injury while on active duty, Oct. 7, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2005.

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Carpenter wins Comeback Player of Year

Chris Carpenter, former Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year and current St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, is the National League recipient of Major League Baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year Award.

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2009 Samsung Scholars selected

Eleven students each win $20,000 scholarships

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VA homeless vet grants

VA is creating more facilities for homeless veterans with $17 million in grant money going to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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Veterans Arts Festival kicks off in Texas

Veterans Arts Festival kicks off in Texas

Veterans from across the United States will compete for medals in music, dance, drama, creative writing and visual arts at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in San Antonio.

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Timely budgets would ease VA stress

Timely budgets would ease VA stress

Congress is moving to put the VA health-care system on an advanced funding cycle – a step The American Legion has urged.

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Marine talks about his experience turned HBO movie

Marine talks about his experience turned HBO movie

When former Marine Lt. Col. Mike Strobl volunteered to escort the body of Pfc. Chance Phelps to his final resting place, he had no idea how the mission would affect him and others.

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VA creates office for survivors of veterans

VA creates office for survivors of veterans

VA has created a new office to help survivors of U.S. veterans and servicemembers with their benefits. The office can modify programs, benefits and services – or create new ones.

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Second H2H Classic raises $33,000

Second H2H Classic raises $33,000

The Heroes to Hometowns annual golfing event at Andrews Air Force Base netted $33,000 for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund, more than doubling last year’s total.

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Legion calls for 'transparency' at VA

Legion calls for 'transparency' at VA

American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill says he is concerned about a VA directive that refuses public disclosure of inspection reports that might reflect negatively upon VA facilities.

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Secretary Shinseki announces "Green Routine" initiative

Secretary Shinseki announces "Green Routine" initiative

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced a new “Green Routine” campaign to kick off Energy Awareness Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Post conducts 240th 'Veteran of Month' service

Post conducts 240th  'Veteran of Month' service

American Legion Bantam Post 44 has been conducting Veteran of the Month services that honor deceased veterans and fallen warriors for 20 years.

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Legion to Congress: Approve VA budget immediately

Legion to Congress: Approve VA budget immediately

The American Legion is criticizing Congress for its failure to approve a budget for VA health care and military construction before the start of fiscal 2010.

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Student veterans can apply for payments online

Student veterans can apply for payments online

Starting Oct. 2, student veterans can apply online for emergency GI Bill payments to help cover their expenses. VA regional offices will issue checks up to $3,000 to those enrolled in schools this semester.

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New Web site for wounded warriors

New Web site for wounded warriors

Impaired servicemembers now have an online directory to help them and their families.

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Florida post sponsors American Legion Softball Team

Florida post sponsors American Legion Softball Team

The American Legion Softball Team, sponsored by Post 356 in Lynn Haven, Fla., took second place in a United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) tournament last August.

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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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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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Scout teaches shooting to injured vets

Scout teaches shooting to injured vets

Tim Sherry didn’t take the typical approach to his Eagle Scout Project. He found a way to introduce disabled veterans to the world of professional shooting.

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2009 Economic Awards winners

2009 Economic Awards winners

Several awards are presented each year during the Legion’s National Convention to honor employers who hire veterans, disabled veterans and older workers. Those who help veterans find employment are also recognized.

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15-year-old shares life as a military child

15-year-old shares life as a military child

Marcus Guerra Jr. is a military child whose father might deploy soon. The situation hasn’t scared him. He has used it as an opportunity to help other youth who share his situation.

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Vietnam vet honored 40 years later

Vietnam vet honored 40 years later

Army Spec. Don Gerlla was missing in action for more than 40 years. After his remains were discovered, the Patriot Guard made sure he received the tribute he deserved when he arrived home.

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Helping homeless Veterans

Bob Rogers, from the VA medical center in Indianapolis, spoke with American Legion chaplains about programs for homeless veterans.

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VA takes Legion's advice, offers financial help to student veterans

VA takes Legion's advice, offers financial help to student veterans

After strong urging from The American Legion and other veterans groups, VA is sending emergency financial aid to student veterans whose GI Bill benefits have been delayed.

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Legion offers help with late GI Bill payments

Legion offers help with late GI Bill payments

The newly instituted Post-9/11 GI Bill promised to send veterans to colleges. Overdue or missing benefit checks from VA have tempered many of their plans.

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Quality over quantity key to overcoming VA backlog

Quality over quantity key to overcoming VA backlog

Instead of processing medical claims quickly, The American Legion says that VA should process claims more carefully – so they get them right the first  

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