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30 air rifle competitors take aim Aug. 4-6

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The 21st annual American Legion Junior Air Rifle Championship gets under way Aug. 4-6 at the USA Shooting Range located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. During the event, 30 competitors shoot in either the precision or sporter category with a .177 caliber air rifle in three positions: standing, kneeling and prone. The top eight shooters in both the sporter and precision category will move on to the finals. During the finals, one contestant will win the championship title in his or her respective category along with a $2,500 scholarship donated by the Sons of The American Legion.

The opportunity for contestants to shoot on professional grounds is in large part thanks to the Legion's longstanding relationship with, and respect from, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

"The American Legion has a particularly strong partnership with USA Shooting as evidenced by the many Olympians who have come through the ranks of their marksmanship program," said Jeanne Picariello, chair of the multi-sport organizations council for the USOC. "I became aware of the Legion's interest in USOC membership through my role on the USOC Nominating and Governance Committee. The Legion delivered an inspiring presentation to the committee stating their intent to support Olympism worldwide and at home. I was an early advocate for the Legion, and they received a positive vote for membership into the USOC."

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Legion supports wounded vets' job security

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American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster wrote a letter July 22 to Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, supporting his "Wounded Veteran Job Security Act" draft legislation.

If passed, the bill would prohibit discrimination and acts of reprisal by employers against veterans who must temporarily leave their jobs to receive treatment for service-connected illnesses, injuries and disabilities. The measure would further strengthen provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Passed by Congress in 1994, USERRA protects the rights of servicemembers to be reemployed after returning from active duty, including reserve or National Guard members.

"It was the intent of Congress by enacting USERRA," Foster wrote in his letter, "that no veteran be denied employment, reemployment, advancement or discrimination in employment for serving their country.

"Servicemembers who honorably defend their country depend on USERRA to protect their civilian jobs when they are activated and sent to war. This amendment to USERRA will enhance that protection."

Joe Sharpe, the Legion's Economic Division director, said that Doggett's proposed bill addresses an inequity that has long existed in the work force. "We need this protection for our disabled veterans, to make sure they aren't being treated unfairly by their employers. These men and women have sacrificed enough already for their country. They don't need to be harassed in the work place for making those sacrifices."

Doggett's bill has yet to be introduced in the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Eligibility for the VA Home Loan Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I apply for a VA guaranteed loan?

A: You can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. At some point, you will need to get a Certificate of Eligibility from VA to prove to the lender that you are eligible for a VA loan.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:45

Military Service Requirements for VA Loan Eligibility

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Wartime - Service During:

  • WWII: 9/16/1940 to 7/25/1947
  • Korean: 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
  • Vietnam: 8/5/1964 to 5/7/1975

You must have at least 90 days on active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.  If you served less than 90 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 07:39

Eligibility for the VA Home Loan Program

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Who's Eligible for a VA-Backed Loan?

  • Veterans
  • Active duty personnel
  • Reservists/National Guard members
  • Some surviving spouses 
Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:37

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Did you know?

A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.