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Delaware post spreading the word

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Members of Richard C. DuPont American Legion Post 18 in Claymont, Del., will spend part of their Memorial Day weekend sharing information about the Legion with holiday travelers.

Legion family members from Post 18 will man a table at the Delaware House Travel Plaza on Interstate 95 near Newark, Del., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend.

Lyman Brenner, the post’s membership chairman and past commander of the Department of Delaware, said the first-time event is designed to make The American Legion and Post 18 more visible to the general public.

The location is the only rest stop along I-95 in Delaware, so Legion family members are counting on plenty of travelers stopping by to receive American flags and information about the Legion.


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New Jersey homeless veterans get help

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An event to help homeless veterans in Atlantic City, N.J., drew 130 veterans plus family members.

The May 17 Stand Down event at Atlantic City’s All Wars Memorial Building offered an array of free services and assistance to the city’s homeless veterans, including VA benefits; medical, mental health and addiction counseling; welfare benefits; legal services; housing; employment; haircuts; and clothing provisions.

Jim Scanlon, vice chairman of the Department of New Jersey’s employment and education committee, presented the Stand Down idea last September. A survey of other veterans service organizations and regional service providers drew a resounding positive response, according to Bob Looby, the department’s employment and education chairman.

In addition to the Legion family, 38 other organizations participated with their services, and 92 volunteers were on hand to help.

Looby said that service officers at the event met with 30 veterans, 12 of whom filed claims with another five starting the application process. Also, 16 women veterans with four children visited the separate women’s area for clothing, products, games, toys, backpacks and services.

Approximately $4,900 was donated for the purchase of civilian clothing, gifts cards and other products.

Steering committee organizations and their responsibilities included:

• The Legion’s Employment & Education Committee – Project management; security both Atlantic City's police department and the National Guard; finance officer; quartermaster; and volunteers.

• The American Red Cross – Registration and hygiene kits.

• Department of New Jersey and VFW – Breakfast.

• Resorts Casino – Lunch, managed by Vice Chairman Jim Scanlon.

• The American Legion Auxiliary – Women veterans and signage.

• Catholic Charities – Civilian clothing.

• Department of New Jersey and DAV – Service officers.

• VA – Medical team and military clothing ordering.

• DMAVA – Medical team and National Guard.

An after action review is being prepared in the interest of continual improvement for next year’s event.


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For Forgotten Veterans, a Dignified End

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Some 50 veterans die poor and alone in New York City each year. A network of former military peers makes sure they receive a dignified send-off with all due ceremony.

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Department Spotlight: Washington shares the holiday spirit

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Editor’s note: This is a weekly series of Department Spotlight stories featuring unique programs and initiatives of departments throughout The American Legion. Department adjutants are invited to recommend subjects for their departments by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each year around Christmas, The American Legion Department of Washington, led by The American Legion Auxiliary, conducts gift shops for the patients and residents at many of the state’s VA hospitals and soldiers/veterans homes.

The institutions provide space to set up displays of toys, clothes, jewelry and other items, and veterans are invited to “shop” for gifts for their loved ones.

There is never a cost to the veteran. Items are donated or purchased with monetary donations.

Once the veteran picks out gifts for his/her family, they are wrapped by Legion Family volunteers and mailed directly to the family members.

Department Adjutant Dale Davis said the feedback from veterans and their families is “heartwarming.”

“Some families called to say they had lost touch with the veteran for years, and he was found only through the receiving of the gifts sent from The American Legion gift shops,” Davis said.


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Memorial Day Events

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Every year, organizers across Georgia -- municipalities, veterans service organizations, private businesses, and others -- host Memorial Day events honoring our state's heroes.

This year, as every year, we have compiled a list of every event submitted to the GDVS. 


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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