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American Legion teams up with Stars and Stripes

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A relationship that began over a century ago between The American Legion and Stars and Stripes is refreshed this year through a new media-sharing agreement.

Members of The American Legion can receive 50 percent discounts on annual subscriptions to the Stars and Stripes digital platform of exclusive military news, topics of interest to veterans, special features, photos and other content, including the daily e-newspaper, job listings and history. American Legion members can subscribe for $19.99 a year by visiting and using the coupon code LEGIONSTRONG when filling out the online form.

The American Legion, in return, will be able to publish stories, social media messages and provide information about programs and services in Stars and Stripes throughout the next year in editorial, social media and advertising spaces. Stars and Stripes has a daily audience of over of 1 million worldwide.

On March 7, 1919, Stars and Stripes announced in its Europe editions plans for a “Liberty League” meeting in Paris among veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces still stationed there after World War I. The meeting, March 15-17 that year, would become known as the Paris Caucus, which created The American Legion. Assigned to cover the gathering for Stars and Stripes was Pvt. Harold W. Ross, who would find himself serving on the Legion’s original Committee on Constitution. Ross later worked as an editor for The American Legion Magazine before co-founding The New Yorker magazine in 1925, where he was editor-in-chief for the rest of his life.

“The American Legion has had a long and historic relationship with Stars and Stripes over the years,” American Legion Media & Communications Commission Chairman Walter Ivie said. “This renewed relationship represents a confluence of long-trusted brands that offer much for each other’s media audiences. We look forward to sharing our stories of service with foreign-deployed troops. We also certainly look forward to having the kind of top-quality journalism Stars and Stripes has been producing since the Civil War in our digital and social media platforms. Stars and Stripes is, and always has been, the gold standard of fair and accurate military coverage.”

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Could the First Female Mayor of New York be a Retired Army General?

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Loree K. Sutton, a retired Army brigadier general and former city commissioner, announced her candidacy for mayor on Wednesday.

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USAA Tips: How to plan a holiday get-together on a budget

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Content provided courtesy of USAA | By Angela Caban

The holiday season is here and for many, this means the added stress of overspending. Whether you are trying to save by necessity or by choice, you can still have a successful and fun holiday get-together with friends and family without breaking the bank.

Invites and RSVP’S

Don’t waste a dime on printing out invites and buying stamps. Pick up the phone, utilize social media and create a Facebook event, or send an e-vite. Ensure that you have an exact count as to how many people you are expecting. You don’t want to over- or underbuy.

Be Firm on the Menu

Not only is food the most important factor of any holiday get-together, but it can also be the most expensive. A great way to save is by picking a specific type of food and sticking to it. Have a hors d’oeuvres only party, serve finger foods that you can buy or make in bulk. Another great way to save is by having everyone pick one of their favorite dishes, and throwing a holiday potluck. You can supply the main dish, and then let everyone else bring a side.

Don’t Buy to Save Time

What many people don’t realize is that when you shop for food, buying based on convenience wastes a lot of money. If you’re buying a fruit or vegetable tray, don’t buy pre-cut as it will only cost you more. If you’re making a dessert, make it from scratch and stay away from the expensive bakery aisle. Buying your own ingredients and cooking from scratch almost always helps you to save.

Utilize Discount Stores

It isn’t hard finding a good deal at a local discount or dollar store. Everything from candy, decorations, plates, cups and even serving ware can be found for cheap. No one needs to know where you purchased your festive décor or how much you saved on it.

After Holiday Get Together

A great way to find even more bargains at the store is by waiting to throw your get together a week or two after the holidays. Almost everything at the store is on clearance, which makes it easier to stretch your dollar. This might even work out better for friends and family who travel or have full calendars. This also provides a nice post-holiday wind down.

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A "fast" achievement by one of their own

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American Legion Post 5 (Seward, Alaska) member Jeff Roy is 100 percent in support of his daughter Shelby. Shelby was supported by Post 5 as she participated in one of Alaska's fastest pastimes for kids, JR drag racing. It has been around since the '90s, and gives kids 8-17 the opportunity to race half-scale versions of the big dragsters you see at the big national events in a handicapped, bracket-style drag race contested over a 1/8-mile track. Kids can go as fast as their license allows, but no JR can go faster than 85 mph or 7.90 et.

Shelby had a great season this year, advancing to 5 final rounds with 4 wins, one of those being the big Independence Day weekend race, where she swept both points races and finished the season off in 2nd overall here in Alaska. In the 4 years she's been racing, she's advanced to 14 final rounds with 11 wins, a points championship, an IHRA Iron Man Race of Champions win, and got to represent Alaska at the World Finals held in Memphis, Tenn., in 2017. She has also competed at Bristol, Tenn., Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina, and I64 Motorplex in Owingsville, Ky. (where she advanced to the final round) and they plan on racing Rockingham again this winter as well as hoping to squeeze in a race at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jeff gives a big shout out to American Legion Post 5 in Seward for helping an Alaskan kid pursue her dreams, and thanks for all you do for our entire community.

See more pictures from Shelby's exploits on Legiontown.

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Early Problems as Trump’s Signature Veterans’ Health Plan Rolls Out

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Officials administering the plan said they were unable to guarantee a network large enough to accommodate all the veterans who may seek care.

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