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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...

2011-07-18 15:23:00

INDIANAPOLIS, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second time in three years, the Herald of Jasper, IN was named the Fourth Estate Award winner by members of The American Legion Department of Indiana. William Powell, a reporter on the staff of the Herald, a veteran himself who covers veterans' issue extensively, accepted the award July 16 in Indianapolis during the 100,000-member veterans' organization's 93rd annual Department Convention. Jeff Carroll, New Albany, chairman...

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...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'