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More than $60M in grant money awarded to VA facilities

VA recently awarded grants to a few medical facilities.

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Legion Car will race June 13 at O'Reilly Raceway Park

 Legion Car will race June 13 at O'Reilly Raceway Park

The American Legion No. 76 Freedom Car will race in the 2009 American Speed Association Challenge Series on June 13 at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

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83-year-old wins gold at Golden Age Games

83-year-old wins gold at Golden Age Games

Maxine Bodman, a Legionnaire for 65 of her 83 years, returned from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Veterans Golden Age Games in Birmingham, Ala., with four gold medals.

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New legislation proposed for veterans

A Veterans Affairs subcommittee is moving two pieces of legislation forward: one would make it easier for veterans to get mental-health benefits, and the other would make more WW II veterans eligible for compensation payments

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Miss America 2009 praises troops, Legion

Miss America 2009 praises troops, Legion

Katie Stam, Miss America 2009, stopped by The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis recently to talk about her visit to U.S. troops in Germany.

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Video Review: "The Americans on D-Day"

Blending archival film footage with maps, animation and recent video, “The Americans on D-Day” is a visually compelling retelling of the battle our troops fought 65 years ago at Normandy.

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Washington state VA director Q & A

Washington state VA director Q & A

"We need to close the state-federal information gap"

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"33 Minutes" to be screened at National Convention

“33 Minutes” focuses on the need for a credible missile defense system to ensure our national security against such threats as North Korea and Iran.

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Legionnaire wins Cab Driver of Year Award

Robert Karasinski of American Legion Post 19 in Somerville, Mass., recently received a Cab Driver of the Year Award from the city of Cambridge, Mass.

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Involvement in sports and employment linked

Survey: Sports programs for disabled has positive effect on employability

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The voice of American Legion Baseball

The voice of American Legion Baseball

Jim Darby has done play-by-play for the Legion Baseball World Series since 2007. He sat down for a question-and-answer session this summer.

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Legendary team commemorates title

Legendary team commemorates title

Fifty years ago, Detroit Edison Post 187 won a World Series. The group celebrated the title this summer by serving the community that supported them.

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Protecting Old Glory worth the effort

In its 1989 Texas v. Johnson decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down – by a 5-to-4 vote – more than 200 years of laws protecting the U.S. flag from physical desecration.

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The Never-ending Battle

Recent attention to how America cares for wounded warriors leads back to a long-brewing problem: VA’s disability claims backlog.

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The Power to Protect

Harvard law professor and flag‑protection advocate Richard Parker won’t bow to academic elitism.

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Post assists in citizenship efforts

Post assists in citizenship efforts

Horace Orr Post 29 in Marietta, Ga., met with officials from the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on May 20, in an effort to involve Legionnaires in the local naturalization process.

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Ohio congressman introduces "Veterans Missing in America Act"

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, has introduced legislation supporting an effort to identify and inter the abandoned cremated remains of military veterans.

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VA puts up $215 million to improve rural services

VA has provided $215 million in competitive funding to improve services specifically designed for veterans in rural areas.

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Lyle Overbay named graduate of year

Lyle Overbay named graduate of year

Legion Baseball annually names a Graduate of the Year: A former player currently playing in the big leagues and best exemplifying Legion principles.

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Kansas post wins 2009 NEF Award

American Legion Post 240 was instrumental in the recovery process after a half-mile wide tornado struck the town of Chapman, Kan., on June 11, 2008.

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Vets urge Supreme Court to protect memorials

Five veterans groups conducted a news conference to spotlight the controversial Mojave Desert Memorial, the fate of which is currently at stake in Salazar v. Buono.

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Legion pleased with Obama's 2010 budget request

Commander David K. Rehbein said, “The budget’s dramatically increased funding level for the Department of Veterans Affairs will allow the secretary to take on many challenges he’s facing currently.

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76 Freedom Car disqualified in controversial decision

Team Johnson Motorsports made the trip from North Carolina to Wisconsin for the first ASA Challenge Series race of the year, the Badgerland 150.

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Indiana posts host Blue Star Salute

Legionnaires in central Indiana hosted the annual Blue Star Salute at O’Reilly Raceway Park on May 16.

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Obama will block release of detainee photos

President Barack Obama has moved to block the release of controversial photographs depicting the abuse of detainees in Iraqi and Afghan prisons.

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Flag amendment introduced in House, Senate

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., introduced legislation May 6 to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would return to the American people the right to protect their flag from desecration.

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Utah teen Legion's Eagle Scout of the Year

Utah teen Legion's Eagle Scout of the Year

Brad P. Jencks, 18, a senior at Bingham High School, earned the award and a college scholarship worth $10,000.

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The Homecoming of José Pequeño

Doctors gave him 48 hours to live. But José Pequeño survived severe brain injury and struggled through a 33-month recovery in several VA hospitals. Finally, just before Christmas, the warrior and his family came home.

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Missing in America

At funeral homes across the country, an unknown number of veterans’ ashes go unclaimed. Legionnaires are helping to give them proper burial and honors.

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GITMO action poses risks

GITMO action poses risks

The clock is ticking for a new presidential task forcethat will mull stateside prisons vs. other countries.

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