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Hoosier student wins 2009 Oratoricals

Hoosier student wins 2009 Oratoricals

High school senior Andrew Dykstal from Lafayette, Ind., won first place in The American Legion National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program in Indianapolis April 18-19. He was awarded an $18,000 scholarship.

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Napolitano apologizes to veterans

 Napolitano apologizes to veterans

Homeland Security chief apologized to veterans during an April 16 interview on CNN, after The American Legion and other veterans service organizations objected to a report about right-wing extremism, issued by her office.

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Cost-cutters and time-savers on the Web

Cost-cutters and time-savers on the Web

A few online services that can help you be more productive. Most are free or very cost-effective.

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They Call Him Craw-daddy

They Call Him Craw-daddy

The tale of defensive end Brandon Crawford isn't that of a typical college football player.

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USA TODAY wins Legion journalism award

USA TODAY will receive The American Legion’s Fourth Estate Award during the Legion’s 91st National Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 27.

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Community Covenant reaches out to troops

The American Legion has endorsed the nationwide Community Covenant program, which fosters effective state and local partnerships that improve the quality of life for U.S. servicemembers and their families.

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The threat of a new missile age

The risk of electromagnetic pulse devastation is greater than ever. Why does Washington dismiss it?

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River City: 91st National Convention

Where past and present meet.

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So much more than a speech contest

Between visits to post, district and department functions, along with national meetings and events, I will give more than 200 speeches by the time my tenure as national commander is up.

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Death of a Specimen

Former VA researchers are enraged their Legionella samples were destroyed.

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Legion home wins HGTV competition

Thanks to thousands of votes cast by Legionnaires and others, a house for homeless veterans in Philadelphia will get a $45,000 renovation from Home and Garden Television.

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Grassley dedicated to protecting the flag

Grassley dedicated to protecting the flag

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, received the Legion's Distinguished Public Service Award at The American Legion's Washington Conference on March 3. Following are excerpts from his speech:

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Q & A with Ben Stein

Q & A with Ben Stein

Honored with the National Commander's Public Relations Award during The American Legion's Washington Conference in March, Stein spoke with The American Legion Magazine about his beliefs.

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Legion volunteers: doing more with less

The movement to register voters at VA health-care facilities last year triggered an unexpected - but critical - wave of volunteerism.

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Advance appropriations for VA care

Since 2001, the number of veterans using VA health-care services has increased by 2 million.

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THE POWER OF POWER: The Domestic Dilemma

America must make complicated and costly decisions to reverse its dependence on foreign oil.

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THE POWER OF POWER: The Post-Petro Economy

Thirty years after Three Mile Island, America confronts its fear of going nuclear.

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THE POWER OF POWER: Boomtown

Many in western Wyoming want the energy industry to proceed with more caution.

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An Unsolved Medical Mystery

No one knows exactly what causes Lou Gehrig’s disease, but we do know veterans contract it at a higher rate than others. Last September, strongly encouraged by The American Legion, VA finally connected the dots.

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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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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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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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Legion opposes media photography of flag-draped caskets

Legion opposes media photography of flag-draped caskets

The American Legion opposes the lifting of a long-standing ban on photographing flag-draped caskets arriving home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Speedweek turns into Speed Day for 76 Freedom Car

On Feb. 5, 2009, practice for The American Legion/David Law Firm 76 Freedom Car went very well. The car started slowly, but the crew made the right changes to the car and was pleased with its speed by the end of the day.

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Is Empire a Dirty Word?

Is Empire a Dirty Word?

The founding fathers’ answer may surprise you.

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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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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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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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Is Empire a Dirty Word?

The founding fathers’ answer may surprise you.

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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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