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Our Pillars Your Platform

Legion unveils its top priorities for election 2012

The American Legion has published a special report on key election issues geared toward candidates for national office, their challengers, voters and others who are interested.

The 28-page report, "Our Pillars, Your Platform," pinpoints the Legion’s stand on the most critical issues of today such as veterans health care, jobs and education for returning servicemembers, immigration, benefits and more. Each of the four pillars of the Legion are covered: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

The report was produced on behalf of the Legion’s more than 2.4 million members, the wartime veterans of the 20th and 21st centuries who can be found in 14,000 posts and in nearly every community in the U.S.

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A Message from the Legion

A Message from the Legion

The national elections of 2012 come at a critical time for the United States, its veterans and citizens. The American Legion was formed for times like these.

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Pillar 1: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

Pillar 1: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

For more than 90 years, the Legion has been the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care and earned benefits for America’s veterans. The Legion was instrumental in creating the Veterans Administration in 1930, and an ardent supporter of its rise to Cabinet status when it became the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1989. As the relationship between VA and veterans evolves, the Legion will help VA meet its critical mission.

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An Emphasis on Jobs and Education

An Emphasis on Jobs and Education

Servicemen and women delay career advancements and college educations to serve our country. Often those same men and women return to civilian life as veterans with physical disabilities or personal problems and face daunting transitions back to the workforce or higher education. The American Legion’s Economic Division, a major part of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation pillar, works to improve the civilian lives of veterans in numerous ways.

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Better Services for Female Veterans

Better Services for Female Veterans

The concerns of female veterans have always been a high priority for The American Legion. And now that women are forced into combat roles in areas that lack clearly defined battle lines, they are returning home with the same injuries and wounds as male veterans - yet they have unique concerns about how the existing VA health-care system is adapting to their needs.

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A Legacy of American Legion Service

A Legacy of American Legion Service

At the conclusion of World War I, U.S. veterans returned home to parades but little else. There was no comprehensive medical care, disability compensation, vocational training, effective treatment for “shell shock” or brain injuries, or pensions for veterans’ survivors. And there was no national organization dedicated to helping war heroes.

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Pillar 2: National Security

Pillar 2: National Security

To those who have sworn with their lives to protect America against enemies near and far, national security is a deeply held value. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 exposed this nation’s vulnerabilities and magnified the importance of this value - not only for military veterans, but for all Americans.

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Pillar 3: Americanism

Pillar 3: Americanism

The nation’s cultural, moral and patriotic values have been under attack for decades, a disheartening trend that continues today.

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Pillar 4: Children and Youth

Pillar 4: Children and Youth

Today’s young people face an array of societal pressures. The dissolution of the traditional American family, illegal drug use, TV shows and movies filled with obscenities and indecencies. There is an alarming increase in bullying, aided by the spread of smart phones and social media.

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Riders With A Cause

Riders With A Cause

While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are drawing down, some servicemen and women won’t be settling back into civilian life. They are among the thousands who gave their lives for our nation during those wars.

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