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Veterans Health Program Closes ‘Indefinitely’ After Killings

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The three women who were found dead served as the core clinical team for the Pathway Home program.

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Los Angeles area hosting revitalization effort

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American Legion national staff and Department of California Legionnaires are teaming up for a district revitalization and veterans outreach effort March 22-24 in the Los Angeles area. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend to get assistance and learn about American Legion programs.

The effort will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22 and 23, and 9 a.m.-noon March 24 at Palisades American Legion Post 283, 15247 La Cruz Drive, Pacific Palisades.

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

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Share 99th birthday events on Legiontown

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American Legion posts are encouraged to share recaps and photos of their events commemorating the Legion’s 99th birthday by uploading them at

The American Legion will celebrate its 99th birthday on March 15. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris.

A birthday speech is available here for posts to use during events that commemorate this anniversary. Remember to use the hashtag #LegionFamilyDinner when promoting your event.

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Brian Duensing named 2018 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year

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Brian Duensing, currently of the Chicago Cubs, has been named the 2018 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year.

Each year the American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year honors a former Legion player who is currently playing in the Major Leagues for his character, leadership, playing abilities and community service. Individuals are recommended by their respective post.

Duensing, who played four years of American Legion Baseball for Millard South in Omaha, Neb., joins an impressive list of Graduates of the Year who have made an impact on and off of the field.

After a standout career with Post 374, Duensing went on to the College World Series with the University of Nebraska and was a member of the Team USA squads that won gold at the 2007 World Cup in Taiwan and a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Entering his 10th year in the majors, Duensing comes off of a workhorse season out of the bullpen for the Cubs. The left-hander posted a 2.74 ERA over 68 games.

Off of the field, Duensing has made quite an impact in his community, including sponsoring his former American Legion program.

His generosity led Post 374 and Millard South to rename their team “52’s Patriots” after Duensing’s former uniform number.

"I have a lot of pride in that (Legion) program, and I love being a part of it," said Duensing after donating $10,000 in 2013.

The pitcher also runs the Brian Duensing Foundation, which is “dedicated to providing hope and support to families battling cancer or serious illness. This is accomplished by increasing awareness and by raising funds to support in two main areas: (1) research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment; (2) outreach projects specifically designed to ease the emotional, financial and spiritual burdens endured by families facing these diseases.”

He also has hosted fundraisers for another cancer-related charity: Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation, which focuses on childhood cancer.

Duensing will receive his award later this year.

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Randy Owen to headline ALWS 7th Inning Stretch Festival

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Randy Owen, lead singer of country rock band Alabama, will headline the 7th Inning Stretch Festival on Aug. 11, in Shelby, N.C., as part of the 2018 American Legion World Series events. The World Series will be held Aug. 16-21.

“When we thank the community for its support of the ALWS with the festival, we want to give everyone something to remember,” says Eddie Holbrook, chairman of the local ALWS committee. “We hope all who attend this event will be as excited about Randy Owen as we are.”

Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook still perform as Alabama but limited their group appearances after their American Farewell Tour in 2002-2003. During its 25-plus years as a band, Alabama claimed 21 straight No. 1 singles (43 in all) and sold 73 million albums. The group has won more than 200 awards from various organizations, making them the most awarded band in country music history. They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2005, the band was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

For more information about the 7th Inning Stretch Festival, click here.

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