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NALPA to conduct training session during Washington Conference

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During this month’s Washington Conference, the National American Legion Press Association (NALPA) will conduct a special training session on producing videos to promote American Legion Family programs, activities and more.

NALPA President Mark Sutton and member Ken Kraetzer will lead the session, which will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the Shaw Room, Lobby Level, at the Washington Hilton. Look for the sign that says “Photography Room.”

All Legion Family members are welcome to attend.

For those unable to attend the session, the video will be posted on the NALPA web page after the conference. www.legion.org/nalpa


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South Dakota PBS documentary profiles Legion Baseball team

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As the 2018 American Legion Baseball season gets underway, a documentary profiled the history and success of one Legion Baseball team – Post 22 Hardhats in Rapid City, S.D.

The Post 22 team was featured in a South Dakota PBS documentary that aired last October.

"Dynasty on the Diamond: Post 22 Baseball" highlights the teams 41 state title wins and eight American Legion World Series appearances, including a win in 1993. Throughout the 27-minute documentary, those who have played a large role in the success of the team's history was also captured, which includes former coach Dave Ploof, who passed away in May of 2017.

During Ploof's time as Post 22's head coach from 1965-2011, the Hardhats won 34 state titles. He holds the record for the most wins as a Legion Baseball coach, with more than 3,000.

"Dynasty on the Diamond" also features interviews with Tom Rudebusch, who has announced Post 22 games since 1975, Ploof's wife, and Post 22 baseball coaches, along with photos that document the history of the team.

Watch "Dynasty on the Diamond: Post 22 Baseball" here.


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Westfield, N.J., hosting district revitalization and veterans outreach

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American Legion national staff and Department of New Jersey Legionnaires are pairing up for a district revitalization and veteran outreach effort Feb. 15-17 in Westfield, N.J.

Veterans in the area are invited to the effort to learn about American Legion programs and potential veterans benefits. The effort will take place from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 15 and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at Martin Wallberg American Legion Post 3, 1003 N. Ave. W, Westfield.

A county veterans service officer will be available all three days to assist with Department of Veterans Affairs-related issues and other veterans benefits-related questions.


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American Legion Baseball 2018 rule book now available

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The redesigned 2018 American Legion Baseball rule book is now available online.

The rule book can be downloaded here.

Teams can register for the 2018 season at www.baseball.legion.org now and, as of Feb. 1, can now pay fees for the season.

This year’s rulebook has been redesigned to separate the junior and senior program rules entirely, creating two separate sections to eliminate confusion and to improve readability.

Last fall, rule changes were passed and have been implemented in the rule book.

In addition, there have been a number of clarifications of rules after a page-by-page review of policies.

Print copies of the rule book are expected in late February.

For any questions involving rules or the rule book, please contact your department baseball chairman. For a list of contacts, click here.


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Tune in to watch Washington Conference's big events

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Legion Family members unable to attend this year’s Washington Conference still will have the opportunity to watch live two of the conference’s biggest events.

Both the "Know Before You Go” briefing and the Commander’s Call will be live-streamed from Washington, D.C. The "Know Before You Go” legislative briefing prepares Legion Family members for their Feb. 27 visit to Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives.

This year’s Commander’s Call is expected to feature members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Department of Veterans Affairs officials, the presentation of the Legion’s Distinguished Service Medal and remarks from National Commander Denise Rohan.

To watch the live stream of the “Know Before You Go” briefing, click here.

To watch the live stream of the Commander’s Call, click here.

Rohan’s testimony before a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs will be live-streamed via the Senate VA Committee website.


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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