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VA launches 10-year health study

VA has initiated a large, long-term study to carefully examine a broad array of health issues that may affect Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their contemporaries.

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NATO at 60

NATO at 60

Operating from Western Europe to Iraq and Afghanistan, the alliance could stand to reassess its mission.

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Now that we have Washington's attention

During the first half of 2009, The American Legion’s convictions were tested on the national stage.

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Safe At Any Speed

Troops need more than a license to tame today’s high-performance bikes.

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Serve, Support and Simplify

Since 2007, numerous programs have been launched to ease the transition from DoD to VA. The “800,000-pound gorilla,” however, remains at large.

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76 Freedom Car team attends Tennessee Legion Convention

Team Johnson Motorsports/American Legion Racing attended the Department of Tennessee's Convention at the Nashville Music Hotel from June 26-27.

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Freedom Car runs at O'Reilly Raceway Park

Team Johnson Motorsports and Freedom Car driver Jerick Johnson brought the 76 Freedom Car to Indianapolis on June 13 for a weekend tribute to America’s veterans, and survivors of the USS Indianapolis disaster.

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90-year-old recalls first Ohio Boys State

 90-year-old recalls first Ohio Boys State

William O’Neil, 90, attended the first Buckeye Boys State in 1936 as the delegate from the St. Clairsville, Belmont County in Ohio.

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House passes four Legion-backed bills

VA medical centers throughout the nation will finally have on-time budgets if American Legion-supported legislation, passed June 23 in the U.S. House of Representatives, becomes law.

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VA claims backlog approaches 1 million mark

VA’s backlog of unprocessed disability claims grew by more than 100,000 during the past four months.

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SOC Consortium helps out military students

Consortium allows servicemembers to enroll in a participating school and continue their bachelor and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, and armories in the United States and overseas.

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Letters support emergency war-funding measure

The American Legion has delivered letters of appreciation to congressional leaders and President Barack Obama for their efforts to pass an emergency wartime spending bill.

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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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