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‘A Slap in the Face’: Black Veterans on Bases Named for Confederates

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President Trump has vowed to block efforts to remove Confederate names from military bases.

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Over Veterans’ Protests, Trump Vetoes Measure to Block Student Loan Rules

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President Trump sided with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over veterans groups, vetoing a measure that would have blocked new regulations that tighten access to student loan forgiveness.

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The future depends on renewals and new memberships

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In recent months, The American Legion has generated substantial public awareness from coast to coast. Isolated, disabled veterans have been helped through American Legion Buddy Checks, which continue. Dozens of local posts have conducted emergency blood drives to fill critical needs at hospitals. Legionnaires have made protective masks, distributed supplies, fed families and inspired the nation.

“This does not happen without an incredible membership of dedicated military veterans and their families who know what it takes to succeed in a life-and-death mission,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford says. “New members help us expand our outreach and allow us to serve more people who need our help. Renewals give us the privilege of keeping up our services functioning, no matter how circumstances change.”

Oxford is urging members to renew in The American Legion today, asking former members to rejoin and inviting all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to become Legionnaires now when communities need the unique skills, compassion and mission readiness of those who have served in uniform.

Secure, convenient online membership renewal can be completed online at www.legion.org/renew. All honorably discharged veterans who have served since Dec. 7, 1941, are now eligible to join The American Legion and can do so safely and easily at www.legion.org/join.


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American Legion implores White House to protect vets ‘borrower defense’

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American Legion National Commander James “Bill” Oxford is imploring President Trump to sign legislation which would relieve students from repaying loans that were issued because they were defrauded by disreputable schools.

“Veterans have been aggressively targeted due to their service to our country,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford said. “Student veterans are a tempting target for certain online and for-profit schools to mislead with deceptive promises, while offering degrees and certificates of little-to-no value. We urge President Trump to sign House Joint Resolution 76, which allows for a ‘borrower defense’ to be used by students to obtain discharges to loans that were issued because of these false promises. This is the type of legislation that our delegates called for when they unanimously passed Resolution No. 82 at our 2017 national convention.”

Oxford added that Trump stood with veterans in 2019 when he exercised his executive authority to order the Department of Education to forgive hundreds of millions of student loan debt for veterans with severe disabilities. “We are hoping that President Trump will once again come to the aid of student veterans,” Oxford said. “Under current conditions, it is nearly impossible for veterans to successfully use a ‘borrower defense.’ The American Legion believes this needs to be fixed. We hope that he will sign this needed legislation.”


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The American Legion welcomes Trump tweet on National Guard extension

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The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization praised a tweet by President Trump today indicating that federal orders for members of the National Guard would be extended through the middle of August.

The tweet comes just eight days after The American Legion called for an extension, which would entitle certain National Guard members to additional home loan, education and retirement benefits since their federal orders would now exceed 90 days.

“We know that the coronavirus emergency will not suddenly end at 89 days,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford said. “Yet thousands of outstanding men and women of the National Guard left their homes and risked their lives in response to this emergency. From cleaning nursing homes to delivering supplies, the National Guard has been a national treasure. The American Legion welcomes the president’s tweet indicating his plans to extend the Title 32 orders, which would enable these heroes to accumulate benefits that they have certainly earned.”

The president’s tweet stated, “The men and women of the National Guard have been doing a great job fighting the Coronavirus. This week, I will extend their Title 32 orders through mid-August, so they can continue to help States succeed in their response and recovery efforts.”


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