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2011-07-18 15:53:00

INDIANAPOLIS, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Graphic Packaging International of Kendallville has been honored by The American Legion Department of Indiana as Employer of the Year for employing veterans. The award came during the general session of the veterans' organization's 93rd annual convention July 16 in Indianapolis. The American Legion each year honors a private employer whose workforce is at least 25 percent veterans and has been in business for at least five years. To...

2011-07-18 12:20:00

INDIANAPOLIS, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael J. Miller, a Mishawaka Vietnam veteran, was elected State Commander of the 100,000-member American Legion Department of Indiana during the organization's 93rd annual state convention in Indianapolis July 16, 2011. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110718/DC36880) "I sought this office, not because I wanted to be something," Miller said following a unanimous vote by the assembled delegates, "but because I wanted to...

2011-07-15 10:59:00

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last November, in a Massachusetts town along the Vermont border, a young mother who had just given birth to her second child was turned out on the streets by her parents. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110715/DC36019 ) The woman's husband was a soldier serving in Afghanistan, and her parents did not approve of the war. "They just tossed her out, along with her two children. So the Red Cross called us up and we found her a...

2011-07-13 10:14:00

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster to address Legionnaires and their families Aug. 30 in Minneapolis at the organization's annual national convention. "It is always an honor to welcome the commander-in-chief at our national convention, but it is more meaningful than ever this year, as we look back on recent progress regarding the compassionate care of our nation's...

2011-07-07 12:21:00

INDIANAPOLIS, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization is calling on the Justice Department to appeal yesterday's ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which requires the U.S. military to allow gays to serve openly - thus ending the "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy, which has been in effect for 18 years. "Micro-managing military policies by judicial fiat ignores the authority of our military leadership and circumvents the...

2011-07-06 09:55:00

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion has long believed that the next of kin of any U.S. servicemember who dies while serving on active duty is deserving of a condolence letter from the president of the United States. But for decades, White House policy has been to send those letters only to the families of servicemembers who died either in combat or as a result of noncombat incidents in a war zone. That practice changed July 5, when President Barack Obama...

2011-06-21 13:05:00

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A House of Representatives amendment that supports bringing home the remains of U.S. Navy heroes from Libya has no counterpart in the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2012. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110621/DC23808) While the Senate Armed Services Committee chose not to address the issue, the House passed an amendment (H.R. 1497) on May 26, directing the Secretary of Defense...

2011-05-24 16:11:00

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is standing by its call for benefits to be awarded to Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War who are suffering health problems associated with exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. The Legion's reaffirmation of its position comes in the wake of a new report on the issue from the private, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. As it stands, health-care benefit and...

2011-05-13 16:13:00

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a legal opinion published this week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals harshly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for "unchecked incompetence," in its handling of veterans' benefits claims, specifically those relating to mental health issues. The critical review was rendered as the San Francisco court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a class action suit filed by the nonprofit "Veterans for Common Sense" and...

2011-05-13 08:24:00

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion applauds the House Armed Services Committee for approving a defense budget bill Thursday morning that, while allowing for modest increases in TRICARE premiums for working-age retirees, restricts the Department of Defense's (DOD's) ability to raise fees in the future. TRICARE is the military health insurance program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, military career retirees and...


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