The American Legion's 75th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is gets under way with quarterfinals followed by semifinals. The championship finals will take place Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EDT, which will be aired live on www.legion.org.
Zach Hearn of The American Legion's VA & R Division is in St. Paul and Hutchinson, Minn., conducting two classes for state and county veterans service officers, to explain the work of Legion representatives at VA's Board of Appeals and to offer advice on how to process disability claims. A combined total of about 150 people are expected to attend. Hearn will also conduct one-on-one advisory sessions to give service officers a better understanding of the claims appeal process.
Executive Director Peter Gaytan is scheduled to attend a Joining Forces anniversary celebration at the White House. Joining Forces is a national initiative, strongly supported by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, to help mobilize all sectors of society to give our servicemembers and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.
Past National Commander Bruce Thiesen will testify before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health at a field hearing in Modesto, Calif. The topic is "Vet Centers and the Veterans Health Administration: Opportunities and Challenges."The hearing is at The American Legion Hall Parking Lot at 1001 South Santa Cruz Ave.
Kevin Blanchard, field service representative in the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, is attending a meeting in Washington at the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services.
Past National Vice Commander William Schrier will testify at a field hearing in Tacoma, Wash., held by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs: "Washington's Veterans: Helping the Newest Generation Transition Home." The hearing will be held at the STAR at 3873 S. 66th St.
Rutgers University staff are briefing Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion's Washington office, on campus support for student veterans. He is also touring several facilities, including Veterans House and the Vet 4 Warrior Call Center.
The American Legion is hosting a luncheon at its Washington office to honor America's women veterans. Attendees at the "Women Serving Women" event will get the opportunity to hear from others who have successfully dealt with a myriad of issues, both medical and personal, that affect women veterans.