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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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Smoke-Free or Freedom to Smoke?

Once glorified on the silver screen and accepted in society, cigarette smoking has since been driven to the brink of illegality. It all started with a study by a VA doctor.

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Parallel Universes

More than three years after Katrina lambasted their VA medical center, New Orleans veterans find themselves poised to provide hope in a city yearning for recovery.

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The Battle to Train the Enemies of our Enemies

Peace activists and their allies in Congress tried to shut down the School of the Americas. Now they vow to close its successor, WHINSEC.

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A tale of two clauses

Attorneys for the ACLU and other groups continue to chip away at our country's Christian heritage, filing and winning frivolous lawsuits that have banned the Ten Commandments, Latin crosses, Boy Scouts of America and the Pledge of Allegiance from public display, gathering or utterance.

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Nothing to Lose

Homeless veterans in America are not criminals or misfits. They are individuals who have served America, and we need to help them find their way back home.

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Brain Trust

A $4.6 million DoD grant to develop a new TBI‑diagnosis device came with a breakneck deadline.

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Kick for Nick

19-year-old Nick Madaras was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol. But his plan to share soccer with Iraqi children didn’t die with him.

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Legion, Sears partner on Heroes at Home fundraising

Sears’ Heroes at Home is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.

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Red Christmas

The fact that some of the stuff we purchase may be painted or assembled by people imprisoned for their religious beliefs should give us all pause, especially at Christmastime.

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What we mean by pride and purpose

There are two words that have always accompanied my travels as a Legionnaire and will continue to do so this year, as national commander. They are "pride" and "purpose."

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Meeting the Challenge

Legionnaires credited for troop and mission support at 90th National Convention.

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Rocky Mountain Runaround

Colorado veterans are frustrated their high-priority VA hospital is still in limbo.

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On Guard

When grieving families of fallen U.S. servicemembers came under attack by the Westboro Baptist Church, American Legion Riders responded by forming the Patriot Guard.

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The Last Doughboy

As the sole surviving American veteran of World War I, Frank Woodruff Buckles, 107, of Charles Town, W.Va., is the nation's last "doughboy," the only remaining soldier of 4 million men called by President Woodrow Wilson to fight against Germany in 1917.

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America's Next Commander in Chief

Candidates Obama and McCain sound off on national security, veterans issues and the flag.

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Up to the Challenge

National Commaner Dave Rehbein leaves the laboratory to lead The American Legion.

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Birth of a War

The 1983 Beirut barracks attack ignited a quarter-century of conflict that America has yet to fully understand.

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Muted Messages

For much of U.S. media, good news in Iraq is bad news, or no news at all.

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76 Hours of Hell

A recounting of the battle for Betio in the Pacific's Tarawa Atoll.

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Press prefers doom, gloom in Iraq coverage

Press prefers doom, gloom in Iraq coverage

As far as the media are concerned, good news about America’s work in Iraq is bad news.

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The Four Pillars

The value of American Legion Membership is built around four major missions.

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Pillar I: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

The American Legion has for nearly 90 years acted as the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic opportunity and legal benefits for U.S. military veterans.

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Pillar II: National Security

To those who have sworn with their lives to protect the United States against enemies near and far, national security is a deeply held value.

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Pillar III: Americanism

As an organization dedicated to God and country, with a membership of military veterans that takes deep pride in the U.S. flag and all it means, The American Legion has always been a stalwart champion of patriotism, morality and citizenship.

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Pillar IV: Children & Youth

The American Legion has been a staunch supporter for the children and youth of our nation since its founding in 1919.

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Masters of Disasters

Since 9/11, thousands of emergency responders have flocked to the curious mock town of Disaster City to train for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

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RAPID FIRE: Remembering 9/11

On the era in which we live.

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