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2011-02-15 09:32:00

WASHINGTON, Feb 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Good, bad, but not ugly," was how The American Legion's national commander characterized the Obama administration VA budget recommendations for 2012. "First the good," National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said today. "There is much to like in this budget. The administration actually exceeded our expectations in total medical care by $4.3 billion. The $54 billion that the administration wants to spend in VA medical care alone would help...

2011-01-19 08:43:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion, met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in Washington on Jan. 18, getting a VA progress report on several vital issues. Foster said the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, was "relaxed, informal, warm and friendly." (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110119/DC32360) The state of VA's disability claims process was a chief item of discussion....

2010-08-30 10:13:00

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is expected to deliver a major speech here Tuesday on Iraq and national security issues. He will address about 10,000 members of the country's largest veterans service organization at the 92nd American Legion National Convention. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100830/DC56647) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100830/DC56647) Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of...

2010-07-01 13:25:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion expressed outrage today over revelations that a VA medical center may have exposed veterans to serious infections through improperly cleaned dental equipment. Because cleaning protocols were not followed by workers at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, more than 1,800 veterans may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis viruses. Those veterans recently received letters from the VA center, warning them of...

2010-06-14 18:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There have been reports in the media recently in which some, including Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), seem to question the legitimacy of service-connected disability compensation for illnesses related to exposure to Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam and other locations, such as Type II diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease. Further, it appears that there is confusion on the part of some about how the process established by the Agent Orange Act of...

2010-05-25 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans will be celebrating 20 years of leadership in serving the nation's veterans in crisis during the NCHV Annual Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C., June 21-23. Representatives of community-based service providers, federal agencies invested in their work and corporate partners will assemble to advance President Barack Obama's and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric...

2010-05-18 10:12:00

WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Practicing what they preach - helping to make a real difference in veterans' lives - members of The American Legion spent nearly one million hours volunteering at VA medical facilities in fiscal 2009. The nation's largest veterans group is also one of America's largest volunteer organizations, its ranks populated by what VA Secretary Eric Shinseki recently described as "people who are regularly, habitually and deliberately kind." Shinseki...

2010-05-06 12:15:00

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mrs. Lori Bell was awarded the 2010 Military Spouse of the Year award today in recognition of her commitment to the military community, including her active duty Air Force husband Kenyon and their two young children, Amira and Kenyon II -- and her ongoing volunteer work and community contributions. Mrs. Bell, 34, of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, was chosen from hundreds of nominees from around the world. She has been a military wife for 8 years,...

2010-04-13 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) held a press conference in San Diego, announcing the launch of a new program: Fix VA. The program focuses attention on problems with claims processing at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and seeks to work with the VA, the President, and Congress to implement a series of practical solutions. VCS announced the launch of a new www.FixVA.org website at the press conference. VCS Executive...

2010-02-26 10:55:00

State-of-Art "Polytrauma Center" Funded WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the award of two contracts totaling $41.5 million to create a "polytrauma center" that cares for the most severely injured Veterans and to improve the existing wards at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center. "A top priority for VA is providing greater access to VA's health care system and higher quality of care for the nation's Veterans," Secretary of...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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