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The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919. Nearly a century later we still uphold our original mission to serve our fellow veterans, their famili...
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Camp Lejeune Water

VA issued a video regarding benefits available to veterans and their family members who suffer from conditions related to contaminated water ...at Camp Lejeune. The video is part of VA’s outreach efforts on this issue and includes available options and contact information. The team of professional, highly trained VFW Service Officers can help you file claims related to Camp Lejeune water contamination. Watch the video .

If you have any of the associated ailments, contact a Veteran Service Officer to file a claim.

George W. Smith

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When should annual Legion membership dues be paid?

The American Legion membership year, is a traditional calendar year. If dues are not paid by January 1 of eac...h calendar year, the member becomes delinquent. February 1, the member is suspended, June 30, the member is dropped from the membership rolls.

Pay your dues online at: https://tinyurl.com/y883znp2

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In honor of the national theme for Black History Month, here's a sampling of inspiring military figures.
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Pfc Kamau Miller holds his teary-eyed four-year-old daughter Kailyn Miller during the Army National Guard 29th Combat Aviation Brigade deployment ceremony at the MG Wa...
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JUST IN: President Trump has ordered all American flags in the U.S. and around the world to be flown at half-staff until sunset Feb. 19 in honor of the Florida school mass shooting victims.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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"... wow, this guy was some kind of special."

The other day I did a piece on African American war heroes, and naturally I missed this guy.  In my defense, it was posted to Stripes after I wrote the post, but wow, this guy was some kind of special.  Born a slave in 1856, he would later join the famous Buffalo Soldiers who fought in the...
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In 2014, More than 100 World War II veterans — soldiers, sailors and Marines — were honored in a luncheon in San Luis Obispo. That number at a similar event was closer to 10. Joseph Brocato, who served in the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis and came up with the idea of regular luncheons to ...
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Vet Centers Help Veterans Readjust to Civilian Life
by George W. Smith

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Vet Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible Veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-military readjustment. These services are free to men and women who have served in a combat theater and their family members. The Vet Center also provides services to men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST) or harassment while on active duty. The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam-era Vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. There are both group and individual counseling sessions provided. Vet Centers also provide bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.

The VA has also developed a mobile “app” to help veterans with their readjustment: TSD Coach. The app can help Veterans learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

Its features include Reliable information on *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and treatments that help; *Tools for screening and tracking symptoms; *Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help Veterans handle stress symptoms; *Direct links to support and help; *Ongoing access, when the Veteran may need it. PTSD Coach has now been downloaded more than 100,000 times in 74 countries around the world. You can get this free application on your smartphone by googling PTSD COACH and downloading it. Check the http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ for additional resources and apps.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that can occur after a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. PTSD treatment can help. Find handouts, apps, videos, and courses based on current research. This site provides educational resources for Veterans and also for healt...
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Victor Quinonez was presented a certificate of recognition by the American Legion on board the Battleship Iowa.
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