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2011-04-07 10:52:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a shutdown of the federal government imminent, The American Legion wants Congress and the White House to ensure that all active-duty service members will receive their full paychecks - uninterrupted and without delays. "We know that Secretary Gates has promised our troops that they'll keep getting paid if the government shuts down, but receiving it in the form of back pay is not good enough," said Jimmie L. Foster, national...

2011-03-30 11:24:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Snyder's-Lance Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: LNCE) will partner with the Armed Forces Foundation (Foundation) beginning in May. This relationship with the Foundation will add to Snyder's-Lance's commitment to support military causes. The nationwide military initiative will support the Foundation's mission of promoting the morale, welfare and quality of life of those within the United States armed forces community, including members of the military and...

2011-03-29 07:55:00

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama hosted American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster at a March 28 White House meeting to discuss several veterans issues, including ways to help the Department of Veterans Affairs reduce its disability claims backlog. Foster said he expressed The American Legion's gratitude to the Obama Administration for its emphasis on addressing the needs of military families. Foster asked the president to talk to the...

2011-03-24 07:20:00

American Legion survey finds gender-specific VA medical services lacking in many areas WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 40 percent of female veterans surveyed by The American Legion about VA health care were dissatisfied with the screening process for military sexual trauma. Among those, 26 percent said they were "very dissatisfied" with the screening process, which mandates that all enrolled veterans are universally screened for military sexual trauma. (Photo:...

2011-03-21 14:45:00

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When the United States' most hallowed cemetery was rocked with scandal in 2010, Secretary of the Army John McHugh established a hierarchy to make sure incidents like graves being mismarked and unmarked, burial urns being unearthed and dumped out, and millions of dollars being mismanaged never happens again. A key player in that hierarchy, Kathryn Condon, pledged to The American Legion today that she'll do everything in her power to...

2011-03-18 15:18:00

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion will offer a free health screening for veterans during its 51st annual Washington Conference at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel. Medical staff from the D.C. VA Medical Center will conduct the screening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 21, inside the hotel located at 999 9th St. NW (two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop). Services provided at the screening include blood pressure and cholesterol...

2011-03-15 09:29:00

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion will hold its 51st annual Washington Conference, with its national commander, Jimmie Foster, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki among the guest speakers. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel. On March 17, the conference kicks off with a Heroes To Hometowns Career Fair, put together by the Legion's Economic Division and cosponsored by Recruit Military. The next day, the Economic Division...

2011-03-02 14:16:00

INDIANAPOLIS, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following today's 8 to 1 decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the legal right of the Westboro Baptist Church to stage anti-gay protests at military funerals, the leader of The American Legion expressed disappointment. The court's ruling was a defeat for Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in 2006. "While we understand the Supreme Court ruling and we appreciate the sanctity of freedom of speech, we are very...

2011-03-02 11:46:00

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Testifying before Congress today on the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2012 budget proposal, The American Legion called upon VA to "treat the root" of the disability claims backlog problem. At a hearing today, American Legion Legislative Director Tim Tetz told members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee that VA's disability claims system "is broken because VA places undue stress on the number of claims processed, and...

2011-02-22 11:35:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs acted swiftly and correctly to temporarily suspend surgeries earlier this month at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis after stains and water spots were noticed on some medical trays and one surgical instrument, American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster said today. "The spots were reported to hospital officials by an employee acting diligently on more stringent self-monitoring...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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