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2012-02-17 14:47:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marlene Hall of Shirlington, Va., has been hired by the Washington office of The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service organization. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120217/DC55754) An Air Force veteran who served eight years as a personnel officer, Hall joins the Legion's national staff as assistant director of its Heroes to Hometowns program. Also known as H2H, the program's purpose is to provides...

Legionnaires’ Disease Appears At Luxor Hotel, One Dies
2012-01-31 08:34:07

The Southern Nevada Health District announced that three guests from the Luxor hotel have contracted Legionnaires´ disease since early last year. Two cases recovered but one guest recently died as a result, reports Jackie Valley of the Las Vegas Sun. Legionnaires´ disease, a form of pneumonia, can cause high fever, chills, cough and occasional muscle aches and headaches. Symptoms typically occur two to 14 days after being exposed to the bacteria. The disease takes its name from...

2012-01-30 04:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the Pentagon's release of a five-year budget plan that cuts $260 billion in defense spending, The American Legion is pressing Congress to find other ways by which to reduce the country's staggering $15.2 trillion debt. Over the next decade, defense spending must be cut by $450 billion as required by the Budget Control Act passed by Congress last August. "Congress failed to act last year when the super committee failed...

2012-01-23 15:34:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is proud to announce the new HNBA Veterans Legal Initiative Program ("Veterans Initiative"), a new effort to provide free legal services to the men and women of the American armed services and their families. Started as part of National President Benny Agosto, Jr.'s "Year of the Advocate", the Veterans Initiative will organize HNBA...

2011-11-22 07:10:00

National commander "profoundly disappointed" by impasse, concerned about national security consequences WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong says he is "profoundly disappointed" that the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the so-called "supercommittee) failed to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade. "They were given an important job to do, and they...

2011-11-16 14:10:00

The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes and The American Legion are giving $120,000 in Thanksgiving checks to 2,000 wounded veterans and servicemembers WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH) and The American Legion are joining forces to ensure that 2,000 military veterans and servicemembers - severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq - get to enjoy a special meal at Thanksgiving with those closest to...

2011-10-24 09:00:00

AARP invites military personnel to take a driver safety class, free of charge, this November. CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Veteran's Day and in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service, the AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP) is waiving entrance fees to its classroom courses for veterans in Illinois and across the country in November. All military personnel, active duty or retired, are eligible to receive a free DSP classroom course during...

2011-10-18 15:19:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is disappointed with the "tepid" stand taken by House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee leaders against federal budget cuts that would compromise the welfare of military veterans. On Oct. 18, a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "supercommittee") signed by the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate panels was released that has disturbed leaders of the nation's largest...

2011-10-13 09:01:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commenting on proposals to slash the DoD budget, the leader of The American Legion said the cuts, along with changes to military retirement benefits, are unnecessary and dangerous to America's national security. "It is unconscionable to consider cuts to defense while we are engaged in three wars," National Commander Fang Wong said. "Throughout our nation's history, every time we cut defense we paid for it with American blood." Wong...

2011-10-06 17:02:00

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla., Oct. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Holcim (US) Inc. (www.holcim.us) announced its sponsorship of the American Legion's First Annual Nature Coast All Veterans' Reunion, October 2 through 9, 2011 at Holcim's Crystal River, Florida facility. Holcim and the American Legion are celebrating the veterans with a week of education and commemoration, with the first five days reserved for discussions and visits to on-site memorials. The American Legion will display memorials honoring...