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2010-05-11 13:33:00

INDIANAPOLIS, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion vowed to continue its fight to preserve a veterans' war memorial in the Mojave desert, even after vandals have apparently removed the cross in the middle of the night. "This was never about one cross," said The American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill. "It's about the right to honor our nation's veterans in a manner in which the overwhelming majority supports. The American Legion strongly believes the public...

2010-04-15 15:26:00

INDIANAPOLIS, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Bar Association Journal has been selected to receive The American Legion's Fourth Estate Award for publishing, "The Cemetery Sea," in its May, 2009 edition. The Fourth Estate Award is presented annually by The American Legion for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. "The journal chronicled the sinking of the Alaska Ranger, a 203-foot mackerel boat 120 miles off the Alaskan coast during a severe storm from a...

2010-03-22 16:20:00

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The people voted and the troops won. PepsiCo has officially announced that The American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors will be awarded a $250,000 grant from the soft drink giant after finishing first in voting during February's Refresh Everything Project. Internet voters were able to choose which of 729 competing charities would receive grants of $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 or $250,000. The top three finishers in the $250,000 category are...

2010-03-12 13:18:00

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dick Eldridge was a hospital corpsman with the Seabees in World War II, while Karl Koles served as a yeoman in the Marshall and Gilbert islands. Both men were guests of President Obama at the White House on March 11 to watch an advance screening of the HBO series, "The Pacific," which chronicles the bloody, island-hopping combat that American troops endured from Guadalcanal to Okinawa in World War II. "Being invited to the White House - that...

2010-03-12 13:05:00

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is tackling a problem suffered by an alarming number of military veterans: unemployment. A report just released by the Dept. of Labor says that last year's unemployment rate for young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as 21.1 percent. Meanwhile, the jobless rate among non-veterans in the same 18-to-24 age range was 16.6 percent. "The American Legion has been aware of this situation for some time," said Joe...

2010-03-01 07:31:00

WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's only festival dedicated to honoring military films will be the recipient of The American Legion National Commander's Public Relations Award during a luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel Wednesday. In a letter to GI Film Festival President Brandon Millett, National Commander Clarence E. Hill wrote, "The GI Film Festival was selected to receive this honor because of its support of one of The American Legion's corporate goals:...

2009-12-01 15:49:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion praised President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, but is troubled by some reports that the administration might set artificial timelines for withdrawal. "The American Legion is opposed to any exit strategy that takes place before the mission in Afghanistan is accomplished," National Commander Clarence E. Hill said. "To do otherwise would more correctly be called a 'surrender strategy' to which the...

2009-08-27 11:46:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A retired U.S. Navy captain has been elected national commander of the nation's largest veterans organization. Delegates to The American Legion's 91st National Convention here chose Clarence Hill of Jacksonville, Fla., to lead the 2.5 million-member organization of wartime veterans for a one-year term. The new national commander plans to increase The American Legion's outreach efforts using social media networks and other technologies....

2009-08-25 17:09:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of wartime veterans rose to cheer as General David H. Petraeus, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, was awarded The American Legion's Distinguished Service Medal this morning. The Legion's National Commander, David K. Rehbein, began his tribute to the Iraqi conflict leader by quoting critics who had declared, "The war is lost," and "The surge will never work." "Yet," said Rehbein, "General David Petraeus, the chief advocate...

2009-07-30 08:44:00

WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As veterans start the new academic year, the leader of The American Legion said he is happy to see that they will be able to enjoy the benefits of the new GI Bill. "August 1st will be a proud day for us," said David K. Rehbein, national commander of the nation's largest veterans service organization. "That's when the educational benefits in the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act take effect -- benefits that The American Legion worked...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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