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Veterans Canteen Service Keeps Kitchen Waste Out of Landfills

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The Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) of the Department of Veterans Affairs is piloting two initiatives that should keep nearly 600,000 pounds of kitchen waste out of U.S. landfills in 2012.

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Board Certification Pay for Non-Physician Health Care Providers

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Legion sponsors wounded warrior dinner

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The American Legion sponsored a Wounded Warriors Dinner on Feb. 10 at the National Press Club in Washington. Since October 2003, the Aleethia Foundation has hosted such dinners on Friday evenings as a way of helping recently injured troops enjoy an informal get-together away from the hospital.

About 90 people attended the event, including five Legionnaires from the Washington area. Kevin Blanchard, a wounded Iraq War veteran and a national field service representative for the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, spoke to the group about his own recovery. "I used to attend these dinners while I was an inpatient at Walter Reed in 2005 and 2006. They provide a relaxed social setting that gives these veterans a chance to spend time with family and friends outside the hospital. It’s a way for them to feel normal again."

Blanchard spoke to the attendees about his own severe injury, his leg amputation, and how he endured more than 30 surgeries and 13 months in the hospital. He stressed the importance of keeping positive and staying active.

"I looked out among the crowd and thought about how I used to be in a wheelchair, rolling into these events," Blanchard said. "I explained how the process these veterans are going through can be thought of as a blessing that’s filled with opportunity. I explained the many blessings I have been granted after my injury, such as education, helping other wounded warriors and,most importantly,an immense appreciation for life."

John Stovall, director of the Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division, said that events like the Wounded Warrior Dinner gives recovering warriors "a chance to get away from the hospital and rehabilitation, and enjoy a relaxing evening among people who are going through the same tough process of recovery."

Besides a fine dinner, the wounded warriors also received several door prizes, including copies of a book signed by former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole.

John Sommer, former executive director of the Legion’s office in Washington, said the Legion sponsored Friday night’s dinner because its purpose "falls right in line with the mission of The American Legion. The Aleethia Foundation appreciates the Legion’s support, and all the other wonderful individuals and organizations that participate in its efforts, on behalf of those who have given themselves in service to our nation."

Also attending the dinner were Freddy Gessner and Marlene Hall, both assistant directors in the Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division. Hall manages the Legion’s outreach program for wounded warriors, Heroes To Hometowns.

 


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Amplifying Guidance Relating to the Reporting of Sentinel Events and Personally Identifiable Information Breaches to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)

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American Legion to DoD: Budget breaks promise

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Pointing out that President Obama just pledged a month ago to “keep our Armed Forces the best-trained, best led, best-equipped fighting force in history,” American Legion National Commander Fang Wong warned that if the administration’s 2013 defense budget is enacted, America will once again return to a hollow force. “To keep the best fighting force, you must recruit and retain the best people,” Wong said. “By increasing, and in some cases, quadrupling health insurance fees for military retirees, you are sending a powerful message to those in uniform and to their families that their decades of service and sacrifice are unappreciated. Moreover, most believe that the Retirement Modernization Commission that this budget recommends will lead to a 401(K)-type plan, which will encourage people to leave the military for a safer and less demanding career in the private sector. ‘Grandfathering’ benefit cuts merely tells tomorrow’s veterans that their service isn’t as valuable as those who served before them.” The budget for 2013 represents an 8 percent cut from 2012. In October, The American Legion passed a national resolution which called on Congress and the White House to “cease all efforts to reduce the defense budget from its current level.” Wong, a Vietnam War veteran, added that he fully understands the fiscal realities that Washington faces. “America has a debt crisis,” he said. “But no debt is higher than what America owes its veterans, who already sacrificed years of service, lost family time, physical injury and the comforts of home so that the other 90 percent of Americans can continue to live in freedom. Throughout our nation’s history, every time we cut defense we paid for it with American blood.” Although U.S. forces have left Iraq, Wong pointed out that Iran, North Korea and international terrorism remain as threats to American interests. “Our men and women in the military have performed magnificently over the last decade. We must not return to a pre-9/11 mentality and be victimized by their past success in defending us.”

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