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Operation Comfort Warriors delivering gifts to wounded warriors at Walter Reed.

American Legion staff members are visiting wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Medical Center and presenting gifts from Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW). The American Legion is also sponsoring a dinner for wounded warriors this evening at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz’s goal is to raise $500,000 for OCW. Visit www.legion.org/operationcomfortwarriors to learn more about OCW.

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Conducting outreach efforts in Illinois

Department and national staff are teaming up with local Legionnaires in Oglesby, Ill., to provide outreach to veterans in Putnam, Bureau and LaSalle counties. They, along with area Legionnaires, will be providing information on benefits and membership in The American Legion. Staff will be at American Legion Post 237, 410 Clark St. in Oglesby, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. today.

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System Worth Saving Task Force meeting in D.C.

The American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission meets at the Legion’s D.C. office. The agenda will center upon health care for women veterans, which will be the focus for the upcoming round of SWS site visits to VA medical centers.

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System Worth Saving Task Force meeting in D.C.

The American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission meets at the Legion’s D.C. office. The agenda will center upon health care for women veterans, which will be the focus for the upcoming round of SWS site visits to VA medical centers.

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Testifying before joint session of House, Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs

American Legion National Commander Jim Koutz will testify before the Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees at 10 a.m. today. He will present the Legion’s position on key issues affecting veterans and servicemembers.

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Conducting hiring fairs in North Carolina, Nebraska

The American Legion is joining with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other entities in conducting hiring fairs for veterans, servicemembers and their spouses in Rocky Mount, N.C., and Norfolk, Neb. For more information, go to http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events.

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Attending DoD roundtable discussion

American Legion National Commander Jim Koutz is scheduled to attend a roundtable discussion hosted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; presenters include Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Koutz also is meeting with Ann Mills-Griffiths, chair of the board of directors for the National League of Families.

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Testing new VA program

Jeremy Ford, BVA representative for the Legion, is testing the VA Stakeholders Enterprise Portal (SEP), a new program that will provide a secure, consistent, and seamless portal for non-VA organizations and businesses. Authorized users, including American Legion service officers, will be able to access information, submit claims, and perform other actions electronically on behalf of veterans. This testing will allow SEP to start phasing in users and gain insights on how to improve the user experience.

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Providing training to Department of New York

Zack Hearn, a Board of Veterans Appeals representative for The American Legion, and Dr. Ann Marie Gordon, the Legion’s medical consultant, are traveling to Syracuse, N.Y., to provide training for the Legion’s Department of New York and its service officers.

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Day 3 of National Americanism Conference

The American Legion’s 14th annual National Americanism Conference is under way in Indianapolis. The conference is an opportunity for Legion Baseball chairmen, Oratorical chairmen, Boys State directors and department chaplains to network and brainstorm with each other about their respective program.

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