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Bring American Legion awareness to your community

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While visiting his local library in Melrose Park, Ill., NALPA member Ken Bishop noticed newsletters on display from other veteran service organizations. He asked the library staff if they would accept American Legion newsletters as well. “The answer I received was an emphatic ‘Yes!’,” said Bishop, a member of Post 974 in Franklin Park, Ill.

Bishop notified his post and district to start sending their newsletters to the library. And he is providing a monthly copy of The American Legion Magazine to the library as well. Bishop sees having an American Legion presence at the library as a membership and promotional tool for upcoming post events.

“By self-promoting in this way, The American Legion notifies the public that they not only exist, but the great things our members do,” Bishop said. “No one else is going to toot our horn, it might as well be us!”

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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.