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9 APRIL 2009 | ISSUE 57
Darryl Worley sings Aug. 25 at the National Commander's Banquet
Chippewa veterans give commander a memorable welcome
Chippewa veterans give commander memorable welcome
Chippewa veterans from northern Minnesota stand at attention for the arrival of National Commander David K. Rehbein at Post 16. Photo by Jeff R. Stoffer
Rehbein first national commander to make trip to Bagley, Minn., post.
USA TODAY wins Legion journalism award
The Smokestack effect
The American Legion will give its Fourth Estate Award to USA TODAY for a series on toxic air near schools.

“ ... there is a very small percentage of people who are sacrificing an awful lot in what is soon to be the longest war in our nation's history.”
- Retired Army Maj. Craig Whelden,
  head of Community Covenant Program
Craig Whelden
National Oratorical Contest to air live on LegionTV
Oratorical video
For the first time in American Legion history, the National Oratorical Contest can be watched live on the Web. Tune in April 17-18!
BBQ Sauce : buy some today!

How, and when, did American Legion
College begin?
Post 28 to host Rolling Thunder event
Once again, Virginia Legionnaires will host an event for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom.
:: Four days in May

'Coming Home' sneak peak a success
Plenty of folks tuned in to the preview screening of a Sesame Workshop program about military families.
:: Watch the Channel 7 story

Conventioneers: Louisville is a smoke-free city
The smoking lamp will NOT be lit in public buildings and work sites throughout Louisville.
:: Don't light up here

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29 JANUARY 2009 • ISSUE 47

Tennessee Legion purchases laptops for troops in Afghanistan
When Department of Tennessee Adjutant Mike Hammer asked  the Pentagon about what wounded U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan needed, he got an interesting response: computers  with webcams, so troops could see  friends on the Internet.

Shinseki vows 21st-century service to veterans
VA ShinsekiRetired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki took the oath of office Jan. 21 as the nation's seventh secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Rep. King introduces Jobs for Veterans Act
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., introduced the Jobs for Veterans Act, H.R. 620, into Congress on Jan. 22. His bill offers a tax incentive to businesses that hire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.



Inaugural Ball Heroes honored at Legion-hosted inaugural ball
One by one, they passed through magnetometers, often setting off shrill tones and red blinking lights: tuxedo-clad American heroes adorned with medals, some with metal inside their bodies, holding together bones shattered decades ago in combat.

Commander Rehbein"Nothing will help 'jump start' the national economy more than construction and employment programs within the veterans community."
American Legion National Commander David Rehbein.

'Coming Home' TV special offers sneak
Sesame Workshop is inviting television viewers to a sneak preview of the program "Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change," which will air nationwide on PBS April 1. The 30-minute primetime special, featuring Queen Latifah and John Mayer, tells the stories of servicemembers returning home with injuries both visible and invisible, and explores the heroic struggles their families face on the way to discovering a "new normal."



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