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May 31, 2011
As a Marine combat veteran of the wars since 1990, and someone now in his 40s, your article on the struggles of the VFW and American Legion to raise membership from the current generation of war veterans struck a chord with me ("A changing of the guard?" May 30). There are a number of broad demographic and generational reasons why the younger veterans are not joining these organizations in large numbers, but one comment from the older veterans you interviewed was telling. They said their main mission was to help veterans "get their benefits" from the VA. These organizations and their volunteers play a critical role in that important process, but they have also defined themselves as such for decades, while just in the past 10 years other organizations like Wounded Warrior Project and Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, as well as many other non-profits across the nation, have organized and raised significant funds with low overhead to serve veterans' needs beyond what the Veterans Administration is able or willing to provide.
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By Jules Witcover | September 1, 2014
Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte last week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops. To only mild applause, the president cited efforts to deal with the backup of claims at various VA facilities around the county, a beefing up of mental illness care, access to more non-VA doctors, greater efforts to reduce veterans' homelessness and easing transition to civilian life.
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October 17, 2012
The Parkton American Legion Auxiliary is offering a free turkey dinner to all veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Doors open at 4 p.m. A donation of $5 is requested for veterans' guests. This is the second year the free veterans dinner has been offered. Last year, the auxiliary served 142 people. The Parkton American Legion's Auxiliary unit has 192 members. The Parkton American Legion's membership is at 309 members and the Sons of the American Legion has 152 members. The legion is located at 19520 York Road, Parkton.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Atholton High School's Miles Walker recently captured the state's top prize in an American Legion national government instruction program, an accomplishment that for the 16-year-old rising senior was nearly a lifetime in the making. The Columbia resident was an infant when his mother, Lisa Walker Woodyard, first read about the Boys State program in the memoir of President Bill Clinton, who attended as a 16-year-old himself. The regimented instruction program was launched by the American Legion in 1935 to counter the Soviet Union's Young Pioneer camps and according to the American Legion strives to teach civic duty via role playing as state and local politicians.
SPORTS
August 4, 1995
Dewey Lowman Post 109 won't have to wait another 19 years to return to the American Legion State Baseball Tournament.The Catonsville-based team made sure of that by winning its last 21 games and its second straight Northern-Central District title.After failing to qualify for the event for nearly two decades, Post 109 is back in the state tournament for the second straight year.Dewey opens the tournament today at 10 a.m. in Cambridge against Salisbury Post 183.If Dewey (32-7) defeats Salisbury, it will face the winner of a game between Severna Park Post 175 and Mountain District champion Garrett.
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By Dana Klosner-Wehner and Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 5, 2003
The American Legion has come to Columbia. The international organization for veterans and active-duty military personnel has formed a chapter, known as a post, that will meet in the east Columbia branch library until it establishes a permanent home. "Before this there was only one post in Howard County, in Ellicott City," said Elbert D. White, Maryland state membership chairman for the American Legion. "We saw a need in Columbia. We felt, with the size of Columbia and the number of veterans here, this would be a perfect place to form a new post."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | April 14, 1991
A 23-year-old man was shot in the neck Friday morning outside the American Legion Post 141 on Forest Drive in Annapolis.Police say two other people may have been wounded in the incident that occurred at1:53 a.m., just after a weekly dance for young adults was letting out.One man has been arrested in the case, but police say he may not be the shooter."
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2003
Daniel H. Burkhardt Sr., the retired American Legion state adjutant who suggested the phrase "Time Will Not Dim the Glory of Their Deeds" for the facade of the old Memorial Stadium, died Tuesday of a lung disease at a Kingwood, Texas, assisted-living home. The former Severna Park resident was 87. A member of the American Legion for nearly six decades, he suggested the inscription that was made of large stainless steel letters and viewed by thousands of sports fans. He also ran a popular sale of Christmas trees at Memorial Stadium to benefit the Maryland Eye Bank.
NEWS
February 5, 2002
American Legion Post 223 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Sweetheart Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the post home in Sykesville. The band 4our By 4our will provide music. A light buffet will be served and a cash bar will be available, as will beer, wine and soda. Door prizes will be awarded, among them gift certificates to local restaurants and florists, and for tax preparation. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the auxiliary's programs for veterans and local charities.
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By Vicki Wellford and Vicki Wellford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 12, 1996
JOIN THE FOLKS at the Howard L. Turner American Legion Post 276 for a St. Patrick's Day Dance at the post home on Quarterfield Road.Entertainment will be provided by the band Reason. The cost is $16 per person, which includes corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, wing dings and an open bar. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Saturday, with dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Proceeds will benefit the Post 276 baseball team. Information: (410) 255-0903 or (410) 969-8028.Spaghetti dinnerThe Nichols Bethel United Methodist Church will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church hall on Route 175 in Odenton.
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By Mary K. Tilghman, mtilghman@tribune.com | May 12, 2014
Opponents of a proposed retail and student housing development at the corner of York Road and Burke Avenue, 101 York, will take the issue to the streets Thursday during rush hour. Members of the American Legion and the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations will bring signs and hand out fliers at the intersection between 4:30 and 6 p.m., according to Mike Parr, adjutant for the Sons of the American Legion. Parr said the issue is heating up as county officials take the next steps in considering the project, a planned unit development.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
Raymond Ernest Callegary, an attorney who practiced in downtown Baltimore for nearly 60 years, died of a brain hemorrhage Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88 and lived in Timonium. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Ernest Callegary, a barber born in Italy, and the former Alice DeBussieres, a homemaker. The family lived on West Lafayette Avenue, and Mr. Callegary attended St. Martin's School. During the Depression, he delivered newspapers, including the old Baltimore News-Post and a German-language paper, the Deutsche Correspondent.
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By Kevin Leonard | March 13, 2014
After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid immediately, but, according to the legislation, the rest were to be paid in 1945, 21 years later. Once the Great Depression set in, the bonus due them was becoming more and more vital to the veterans. The idea for a march on Washington to speed up payment began in Portland, Ore., led by World War I veteran Walter Waters.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
James Callear flipped back and forth between his laptop and a fat stack of books as he tried to assign a value to a set of Hull pottery for Bonnie Crabbs at an American Legion post in Westminster. Crabbs was among dozens who brought their antiques to be appraised Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the Historical Society of Carroll County - and among those who went home pleasantly surprised. Callear, who has an antiques business in Barnesville, narrowed down the pottery to a kind made between 1949 and 1950, figuring a yellow pottery basket might fetch $135 and two small candleholders as much as $225 each.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
A senior official of the American Legion, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce its disability claims backlog, told Congress her organization had encountered an "obstructionist attitude" in the VA's underperforming Baltimore office. Verna Jones, director of the Legion's Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, told a House subcommittee this week that VA officials in Baltimore were "aggressively excluding" Maryland servicemen and -women from a program that was designed to fast-track their claims.
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August 12, 2013
Chas Slimowicz, chair of the Boys State Program for American Legion Harford Post 39 and Harford County of the Department of Maryland, announced the participation and graduation of Kevin Porter and Matthew Martindale from Bel Air High School, Manuel N. Mastromanolis and Farhad M. Siddique from C. Milton Wright High School, Tahir C. Senoussi from Harford Technical High School, Ryan White from Havre de Grace High School and Daniel S. Gorski, Stephen F....
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1995
A Howard County police officer and a firefighter were honored yesterday for their commitment to the area's young people in an award program begun by the county's American Legion post.A plaque honoring police Cpl. Susan Goldman and Stephen Hardesty, a career firefighter, is displayed in the lobby of the George Howard county office building in Ellicott City.Corporal Goldman is involved in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and is a soccer coach and Cub Scout den leader.Mr. Hardesty's volunteer service includes work with burned children at the Baltimore Regional Burn Center.
NEWS
August 14, 2005
Carroll Post No. 31 of the American Legion was first chartered in Carroll County on Aug. 16, 1919. The original group consisted of 15 members and was organized after the soldiers returned from World War I. They were welcomed home with a parade on July 4, 1919. A row of trees were planted at Fairground Hill and dedicated to the 31 Carroll County soldiers who died in the war. - Carroll County Maryland: A History 1837-1976 by Nancy M. Warner
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
As officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs look internally for solutions to a claims backlog that is drawing increasing fire from Capitol Hill, they are also reaching for outside help from some of the nation's best-known veterans groups. Under pressure to speed the review of nearly 600,000 long-outstanding claims for veteran benefits, the VA has announced that it is teaming up with the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans to help ensure that new applications are complete and error-free so they can be processed more quickly.
NEWS
March 18, 2013
For more than 22 years, Friday Night Swing Club has welcomed thousands of dancers 16 and older of every ability to tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, jitterbug, salsa, waltz, hustle and others, from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday nights. The club started at the ROTC building at Johns Hopkins University, then moved to the Boomi Temple on Charles Street until that property was sold to Loyola University Maryland. Through the years, the club's home has been the Scottish Rite Temple in Tuscany-Canterbury, Tall Cedars Club and the Towson Armory.
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