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Legion has mixed feelings on new Defense Act

Legion has mixed feelings on new Defense Act

Although The American Legion applauded a 3.4-percent pay increase for servicemembers and an additional 30,000 troops for the U.S. Army, it expressed disappointment that Congress failed to improve certain veterans benefits.

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Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

American Legion calls on members to help celebrate anniversary of The Boy Scouts.

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Legion champs honored at World Series

Legion champs honored at World Series

Legion Baseball World Series champs, Midland, Mich., was honored during Major League Baseball World Series on Oct. 28.

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Legion logs 916,000 volunteer hours with VA

Legion logs 916,000 volunteer hours with VA

Legionnaires across the nation volunteered 916,598 hours of their time at VA medical centers and other facilities, saving VA – and taxpayers – about $18.5 million.

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Committee OKs amendment to elevate priority status of veteran-owned small businesses

Committee OKs Buyer amendment to elevate priority status of veteran-owned small businesses.

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Oratoricals helped shape Lou Dobbs' career

Oratoricals helped shape Lou Dobbs' career

Growing up in southern Idaho, CNN co-founder Lou Dobbs was once an Oratorical Contest state champion.

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Legion champs honored at World Series

Legion champs honored at World Series

Legion Baseball World Series champs, Midland, Mich., to be honored during Major League Baseball World Series tonight

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Legion to attend 2010 Defense Authorization Act signing today

Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion’s Washington office, will attend the 2010 Defense Authorization Act signing at the White House today at 2:30 p.m.

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VA seeks temporary contractor to help process education claims

VA seeks temporary contractor to help process education claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a solicitation Oct. 21 for temporary contractor support to assist in processing the increased volume of education claims received since implementing the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.

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Legion: VA outsourcing should be temporary

Legion: VA outsourcing should be temporary

“A good temporary solution” is how American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill characterized VA’s decision to employ an outside contractor to assist in processing the large volume of GI Bill claims.

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Eleventh annual Legion College under way

Eleventh annual Legion College under way

Attendees urged to wisely use what they learn during weeklong classroom presentations and practical exercises.

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Flag amendment needs co-sponsors in House, Senate

Identical versions of the flag amendment rest in committee in both chambers of Congress. Legionnaires are encouraged to contact their senators and representatives and ask them to support the amendment.

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Milwaukee: Premiere Midwest destination

Milwaukee: Premiere Midwest destination

Milwaukee is a premiere Midwestern meeting destination. State-of-the-art convention facilities are conveniently located at Midwest Airlines Center.

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Legion College welcomes 50 students

The American Legion College convenes Sunday in Indianapolis for its 10th meeting since being reinstituted as an organizational event. Around 50 students will attend.

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Scouts celebrate 100 years

Scouts celebrate 100 years

Boy Scouts of America reaches the century mark.

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VA: Emergency GI Bill payments succeed

In an Oct. 15 review of how the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented, VA was both lauded and criticized for its handling of the education benefit claims backlog.

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Maryland launches state version of legislative council

Past National Commander Clarence Bacon likes the way The American Legion’s National Legislative Council keeps Legionnaires in touch with their members of Congress so much that he broached the idea in his state of Maryland.

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2009 History Contests winners

Winners of the annual National  History Contests were announced during the National Executive Committee Fall Meetings in October.

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Obama signs VA advance funding bill

 Obama signs VA advance funding bill

Landmark law provides budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs one year in advance, assuring timely delivery of funding.

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VA calls student veterans to explain GI Bill

VA representatives will soon phone veterans across the country to discuss Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

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Rule aims to ease PTSD claims

Rule aims to ease PTSD claims

The proposed rule will reduce the evidence a veteran must present to VA if the claimed PTSD “stressor” is tied to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity.

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Target matches COP Keating donations

Target matches COP Keating donations

The American Legion and Target Corporation have joined forces to donate $100,000 to U.S. soldiers who survived a deadly Taliban attack Oct. 3 at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

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Legion cheers “landmark” VA advance appropriations measure

Legion cheers “landmark” VA advance appropriations measure

After a long campaign by The American Legion, the Senate passes a bill to provide advance funding for the VA health-care system.

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Key resolutions of the 2009 Fall Meetings

Key resolutions passed at the 2009 Fall National Executive Committee Meetings in Indianapolis.

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How to nail a sales pitch

How to nail a sales pitch

Step one: When attending a trade show, conference or seminar, be as specific as possible.

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VA's error-prone billing system costs veterans

VA's error-prone billing system costs veterans

Thousands of veterans are improperly billed for their VA health care because of the agency’s inefficient and error-prone billing system, according to a congressional probe of the issue.

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UAVs are changing the way we wage war

UAVs are changing the way we wage war

Unmanned aerial vehicles are so central to U.S. efforts in the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater that some observers have dubbed this front of the war on terror “the drone war.”

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More than $50,000 raised for COP Keating

More than $50,000 raised for COP Keating

Burn Pit visitors proved they cared, donating cash to help replace soldiers’ personal belongings lost in Afghanistan attack.

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Hill urges Legion to move 'full speed ahead'

 Hill urges Legion to move 'full speed ahead'

The National Commander laid out the challenges ahead during the National Executive Committee's Fall Meetings in Indianapolis.

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Urban warfare in a rural setting

Urban warfare in a rural setting

American Legion commission members and Legionnaires toured the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center during the 2009 Fall Meetings in Indianapolis.

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