PA American Legion to host largest PA Boys State program in recent memory

The American Legion Department of Pennsylvania opened applications today for the 2015 session of Keystone Boys State (KBS), a weeklong civic leadership program held at Shippensburg University. This program has grown over the last 10 years, picking up a number of Governor School students, and will approach 300 KBS citizens from across the state this... 
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If anyone has a right to demand a thank-you for his military service, Marcus Luttrell might fall into that category. The author of “Lone Survivor,” Luttrell was gravely wounded during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2003 that took the lives of three of his fellow SEALS and led to the deaths of eight 160th Army Special Operations Aviators and eight... 
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Most Beloved Veteran

Medal of Honor recipient and film star Audie Murphy topped an online survey of America’s “Most Beloved Veterans” conducted by The American Legion, the country’s largest organization of wartime veterans. More than 70,000 votes were cast by about 4,800 participants; each respondent could vote for up to 25 veterans from a list of 100 candidates... 
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PTSD

Legion welcomes overdue change to PTSD discharge guidelines The new guidelines will help veterans who left the military with undiagnosed PTSD The Department of Defense issued supplemental guidelines on Sept. 3 that will help its review boards when considering petitions for discharge upgrades from veterans claiming they had post-traumatic stress disorder... 
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Vermont Teddy Bear to support Legion porgrams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vermont Teddy Bear Launches New Line of Bears to Help American Legion Programs Sales of The American Legion bear to support veterans, service members and their communities INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 2014) – The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the nation’s largest producer of handcrafted teddy bears, is showing its patriotic... 
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Happy Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS Today we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. But for many families, whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete. A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair... 
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Holiday tour

THE AMERICAN LEGION & AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT COMMANDER & PRESIDENT HOLIDAY HOSPITAL TOUR DECEMBER 5 – 11, 2014 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Depart Department HQ 8:00 AM Southwest State Veterans Home 12:00 PM Oakland VAMC 3:00 PM Overnight Comfort Inn SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014 H.J. Heinz III Progressive... 
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American Flag holds memories

This 48 star flag was presented to the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post 223 on March 9, 1920 by Charles A. Wolfe of Los Angeles, California, who was living in Pittsburgh, PA. This flag was placed on the railroad just east of Pittsburgh on September 18, 1901 as the funeral train of President William McKinley passed. The train was on its way to Canton,... 
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Son paying it forward

Myles Eckert proudly wears his SAL cap and his father’s dog tags. Photo by Lucas Carter Myles Eckert found a $20 bill in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel, wrapped it in a note and handed it to an Air National Guardsman dining with his family inside. The note read, in part, “My dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. We like to pay it forward... 
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National Commander’s goals

On Aug. 24, during the 43rd Sons of The American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Mike Moss was elected the SAL’s national commander for the 2014-2015 membership year. Moss lives in Colorado and has been and still is very active in the Colorado Detachment. He has served on the national level as the Mid-West national vice commander... 
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