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Restoring GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 Signed Into Law

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New law modifying the rules for tuition and fee payments to certain private schools.

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Earnhardt Jr. to attend Legion World Series

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the National Guard car in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, is scheduled to attend The American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, N.C., on Aug. 8. The No. 88 driver, one of the most recognizable figures in professional sports, will be at Shelby's Keeter Stadium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., signing autographs and greeting fans.

The American Legion has a longstanding relationship with the National Guard, working to support Guardsmen and their units nationwide. In particular, the Legion's Heroes to Hometowns program has offered transition assistance since 2006 to citizen soldiers and their families who are displaced because of their service obligation.

Earnhardt, a native of nearby Kannapolis, N.C., decided to attend the event to show his support for the Legion and the Guard. His showcase car will also be on exhibit at the stadium.

Shelby residents, businesses and corporations are encouraged to fly their U.S. flags during the Legion World Series to show support for their country and the event.

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IDVA to host “Helping Our Hometown Heroes” veterans benefits fair August 10th in East St. Louis

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is hosting a free Helping Our Hometown Heroes benefits fair for veterans on Wednesday, August 10th at Frank Holten State Park (4500 Pocket Road, East St. Louis, IL 62205). The fair will bring federal, state and local agencies and organizations together in one location.

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VA Reaches Out to Veterans to Explain Upcoming Changes to GI Bill

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to inform Veterans of recent changes made by Congress to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that take effect in 2011.

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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.