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Giving for a good cause

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As in the last few years, the 2018 American Legion national convention will host a blood drive.

The 100th National Convention Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall (Hall C, Level 1) of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but attendees can also schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767, or by going to and entering "American Legion."

According to the latest American Legion Consolidated Post Report, more than 45,000 donors gave more than 75,000 pints of blood in 2016.

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.