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2011-09-21 13:42:00

Legion's national commander calls proposed hikes a threat to national security WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion sternly opposes plans to increase out-of-pocket health-care costs for military retirees, American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong said, after learning that the White House recommends increasing TRICARE premiums and charging new annual fees to help reduce the federal deficit. "President Obama told more than 10,000 Legionnaires at...

2011-09-21 13:10:00

Public permit meetings will consider U.S. energy independence, jobs INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The national commander of The American Legion is encouraging Americans to attend a number of public meetings next week concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed Canadian-American oil project, which has the support of the nation's largest veterans organization. "This project alone has the potential to create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and...

2011-09-16 07:41:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is lauding freshman Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada for his campaign to encourage colleagues to put aside their differences and pass quickly a bill to provide funding for military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senate and House of Representatives passed separate versions of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2055) in mid-summer, but...

2011-09-13 13:40:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion Department of Indiana will sponsor its annual Fall Family Festival and Veterans Information Fair Sunday, September 18, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the campus of American Legion Post 64 in Indianapolis. Hoosier Veterans of all eras and their families are invited to attend the no-cost picnic and celebration. "The festival is a celebration of and for Hoosier veterans," said Mike Miller, Indiana American...

2011-08-31 16:25:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Among the major events preceding its 93rd national convention in Minneapolis was a veterans hiring fair produced jointly by The American Legion and the United States Chamber of Commerce. Legion organizers praised it as among the most productive of recent Legion-sponsored career fairs and credited the U.S. Chamber's participation, through its network of local and regional chambers of commerce, for its success....

2011-08-31 14:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has been tasked with slashing more than a trillion dollars from the U.S. budget. But according to U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, that task shouldn't include slashing from two critical programs: veterans benefits and national security. Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, told The American Legion National Convention today that the U.S. military and those who once served in...

2011-08-10 11:37:00

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When members of American Legion posts across the U.S. gather on August 26 for the start of their 93rd annual national convention in Minneapolis, Memorial Blood Centers will be there to pay tribute to their heroism and provide a unique opportunity for them to continue their legacy of saving lives. For three full days--August 26, 27, and 29--Memorial Blood Centers will be onsite at the Minneapolis Convention Center, welcoming...

2011-08-08 08:15:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization says he is "greatly concerned" about the widespread use of an apparently ineffective medication by VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) doctors treating patients with post traumatic stress (PTS). "It is alarming," said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion, "that fully 20 percent of the nearly 87,000 veterans VA physicians treated for PTS last year were...

2011-07-28 11:16:00

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Should Congress fail to raise the national debt ceiling by Aug. 2, The American Legion says the paychecks of servicemembers must not be sacrificed. "We visited this same issue last April when the federal government narrowly averted a shutdown," said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion. "At that time, we urged Congress not to default on payments to our troops, and we are urging the same course of action again."...

2011-07-20 15:10:00

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion has voiced its strong opposition to a cost cutting proposal by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma that would, in the words of the Legion's national commander, "undo the good work of two decades." Sen. Coburn has introduced a proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Military Construction Appropriations (MilCon/VA) Bill that would, in the Legion's opinion, possibly deny benefits to many deserving veterans who have...