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Disfigured by War

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A response to a front-page article, “For Soldier Disfigured in War, a Way to Return to the World.”

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Live coverage of Washington Conference

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The American Legion’s 52nd Washington Conference will begin its slate of meetings and events Feb. 22 at the Washington Hilton and other locations. Some of the traditional marquee events will be streamed live on www.legion.org.

On Monday, Feb. 27, a "Know Before You Go" legislative rally is intended to give attendees up-to-the-minute news and talking points regarding the Legion’s position on important issues.

The Commander’s Call on Tuesday, Feb. 28, will be streamed live on www.legion.org and will feature speakers such as VA Secretary Eric Shinseki; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Holly Petraeus, head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and members of Congress. The Call will run from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (EST).

On Wednesday, Feb. 29, retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye, an actor and military advisor for feature-film productions, will receive the National Commander’s Public Relations Award during the National Commander’s Public Relations Luncheon (view the list of past recipients). The presentation and Dye’s remarks will be streamed live from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. (EST). Video coverage of all three events will appear on www.legion.org soon after their completion.

The Washington Conference kicks off the 2012 streaming schedule of Legion events, which will also include the finals of The American Legion National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis in April; for the first time, the National Executive Committee meetings in Indianapolis in May; several marquee events of Boys Nation in Washington in July; gavel-to-gavel coverage of the 94th American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis in August; and, also for the first time, the National Executive Committee meetings in Indianapolis in October.


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IDVA to re-open Shelbyville part-time Veterans’ Service Office on March 7th

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is announcing the reopening its part-time Veterans’ Service Office located in Shelbyville.The office was closed last September after the amount of travel money appropriated for all VSO offices was reduced in the FY12 budget. During the Fall Veto Session, Governor Quinn requested and received a restoration of this line item from the Illinois General Assembly.

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IDVA to re-open Belleville part-time Veterans’ Service Office on March 6th

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is announcing the reopening its part-time Veterans’ Service Office located in Belleville.The office was closed last September after the amount of travel money appropriated for all VSO offices was reduced in the FY12 budget. During the Fall Veto Session, Governor Quinn requested and received a restoration of this line item from the Illinois General Assembly.

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Help a veteran through Hire Patriots site

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Do you own a business? Are you starting a business? Are you looking for employment? Are you interested in hiring veterans? Do you need an odd job taken care of around the house, at the office, or at the job site? I’ve found a site that helps address all these needs: HirePatriots.com, which oversees projects in more than 45 states, with the help of about 20 regional leaders across the country. The mission is simple: connect veterans with opportunities, and opportunities with veterans. If you have work that needs to be done – whether an odd job around the house, or a part-time need in a small business – individuals and businesses are encouraged to post it at HirePatriots.com to help a local military member or veteran earn some extra money, says Mark Baird, who created the website in 2005 to serve Marines at Camp Pendleton. By its third month, HireMarines.com had thousands of visitors, and Baird took the site national. Entrepreneurs and job seekers can post capability statements, résumés, pictures, logos and other information about themselves or their companies. If you run your own website and want to encourage other companies to hire veterans, visit HirePatriots.com to download some great retro posters, meant to remind us that hiring veterans is not only a good business decision, but also a great way to do our part in helping to lower unemployment among America’s veterans. So, vetrepreneurs, if you are trying to get the word out about your veteran-owned company, here is a great resource. Homeowners, if you have an odd job around the house that you’ve been putting off, check out HirePatriots.com. Small-business owners, if you are looking for some reliable help around the office or job site, this is a great place to look for short-term help. Louis J. Celli is CEO of the Northeast Veterans Business Resource Center. Readers can send questions for “On Point” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.