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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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CWF awards $636,869 in grants

Child Welfare Foundation awards funds to 19 non-profit organizations

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Nebraska Legionnaire wins 2009 Best Warrior Competition

Aaron Beckman, a member of American Legion Post 270 in Venango, Neb., is one of two winners for the Army’s 2009 Best Warrior Competition.

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Chapel to be dedicated at Corps Museum

More than 1.5 million people have visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., since it opened on Nov. 13, 2006.

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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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