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VA extends Gulf War filing deadline

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period for Persian Gulf War veterans to file claims for undiagnosed illnesses. The new deadline is Dec. 31, 2016. About 700,000 troops deployed overseas in 1990-1991 in support of operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Of this number, VA estimates that 25-35 percent have undiagnosed and chronic multi-symptom illnesses, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and concentration problems. Verna Jones, director of The American Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, said that VA’s decision to extend the presumptive period for Gulf War veterans is most welcome. “But we want Congress to give these veterans an indefinite extension," she said. "Many of them were exposed to hazardous environments that may still cause illness in the future. Their opportunity to file VA disability claims should not be tied to a specific date.” Jacob Gadd, the Legion’s deputy director for health care, said that research continues to be conducted on the environmental exposure of Gulf War veterans. “The causes and symptoms of several illnesses these veterans suffer from are still poorly understood. We need more long-term studies.” Last year, The American Legion passed a resolution (http://www.legion.org/documents/resolutions/2010N099.pdf) that urged Congress to reinstate and extend indefinitely the presumptive period of service connection for Gulf War veterans with undiagnosed illnesses. The American Legion encourages Gulf War veterans to contact one of its department service officers (http://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/departmentofficers) for assistance in filing a VA claim for any potential injury or illness relating to their service. Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War between Aug. 2, 1990 and Nov. 11, 1998 are eligible to apply for enrollment in Priority Group 6 of VA’s health-care system. VA is conducting a comprehensive Gulf War Examination Registry to evaluate any long-term health problems relating to environmental exposure. For more information, contact the Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or go to VA’s Gulf War Illnesses website (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/).

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Military spouses invited to D.C. job fair

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On Jan. 13, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host a career and hiring forum for military spouses in Washington D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Center. More than 100 employers will be on hand to network with and review résumés in what figures to be one of the biggest job fairs ever offered to military husbands and wives. The American Legion will maintain a booth at the event, which is cosponsored by NBC News, Capital One, Events DC, and other corporate and nonprofit entities. Employers from the Beltway area and all over the nation will be present, and some will be conducting on-site interviews. Other services will be provided for attendees, such as resume and interview coaching. The American Legion will have a booth at the career fair, where Legion staff will accept résumés, and discuss Legion programs and other employment, business options. Those who plan to attend the event can pre-register at hoh.greatjob.net and upload their résumé so it can be easily accessed by employers. Pre-registration also gives the attendee a chance to win a designer suit and makeover. For more information, visit the registration website or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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SAL: Wreath laying ceremonies in DC

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The 52nd annual American Legion Washington Conference will be held Feb. 26 – Feb. 29 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20009.

The National Sons of The American Legion memorial wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, located within the Arlington National Cemetery, is scheduled for Feb. 26 at 11:15 a.m. (EST).

The memorial wreath will be placed by SAL National Commander James K. Roberts III, and members representing various detachments will also be present to honor veterans of all wars. Other members of The American Legion family are encouraged to attend and join the SAL in observance of this solemn ceremony of honor.

Detachments will also have the opportunity to present wreaths at the various memorials visited by the SAL, which include Women in Military Service for American Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Veteran’s Memorial and the National World War II Memorial.

The SAL National Legislative Commission would like to thank all those who have participated in the various wreath laying and the commission meetings in the past and look forward to seeing you in 2012. This year’s bus transportation will be available to a limited number of members on a first come, first serve basis. A box lunch will also be available to those participants of the wreath laying on Sunday. Advance reservation for memorial wreaths, bus seats and box lunches is mandatory.

David W. Lee

National Sons of The American Legion

Legislative Commission Chairman


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Recognize youth in 2012

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As 2012 gets under way, American Legion posts are encouraged to visit local schools to promote and award the School Award Medal Program. The award is given to a boy and a girl in the graduating classes of elementary school, junior and senior high school, and college who uphold the ideals of Americanism and exemplify six qualities: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. Each recipient is presented with a certificate and a medal featuring the six qualities. Additionally, each year the department with the strongest involvement in the use of the School Award Medal Program earns the Ralph T. O’Neil Education Trophy, named in honor of the Legion’s 1930 national commander. The 2011 recipient was the Department of Maryland, whose 147 posts statewide awarded a total of 1,363 medals. “We try to get our foot in the door at our local schools by making direct contact with teachers and guidance counselors,” said Steve Tatro, adjutant of Calvert Post 85 in Huntingtown, Md. “We educate faculty about the award program, which too opens the lines of communication for the Legion’s other youth programs, such as Boys State and the Oratorical contest. “And receiving the trophy showed us at the post level that we are on the right track when it comes to supporting our youth and ensuring a brighter future for them.” Review the School Award Medal brochure to learn more about the program’s specifications and expectations. http://www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/schoolaward.pdf

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From VA claims to baseball games

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A new annual report chronicles the many ways in which The American Legion performed at the national level in 2011. From its network of accredited service officers to the more than $600,000 raised to provide college money to the children of military personnel killed on duty since 9/11, the Legion reached out and fulfilled the purposes behind its four pillars of service. The American Legion Consolidated National Report for 2011 offers a snapshot of activities performed in support of the pillars, as well as support services to the organizations, such as communications, membership management and information technology. The report also provides a listing of training materials, workshops, conferences and other events designed to help members better understand the Legion’s programs and services. To see the report online, go to http://www.legion.org/american-legion-consolidated-national-report-2011.

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Did you know?

The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at www.archives.gov