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Follow live scoring of Legion air rifle championship

Source: July 18, 2024

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Live scoring of The American Legion's 33rd Junior 3-Position Air Rifle National Championships will be available through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Follow along at this link.

The Legion's air rifle championships get underway Thursday in Hillsdale, Mich., on the campus of Hillsdale College. The 15 competitors in both the precision and sporter categories will compete July 18-19 by shooting a .177 caliber rifle in three positions – prone, standing and kneeling – twice each day. The top eight in both precision and sporter will advance to the finals on Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern time where each shooter will fire 10 shots in standing position. A champion from each category will be named. Scores for each competition will be available through the CMP link

See the top 15 competitors in both precision and sporter here

Next article: Protect our Afghan allies, Legion tells Senate

Protect our Afghan allies, Legion tells Senate

Source: July 17, 2024

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Senators must include an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2025 that would protect America's Afghanistan allies who have fled or are fleeing the Taliban, according to The American Legion.

Two years ago, U.S. servicemembers led the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghan interpreters, soldiers and other allies who fought with us against the Taliban. Since then, more than 70,000 at-risk Afghans have been relocated to the United States, where they have been in legal limbo.

However, the Afghanistan allies have no direct pathway to lawful permanent residency in the U.S.  Congress can change that with pending legislation. Visit our Grassroots Action Alert and tell your members of Congress to establish a path to permanent legal residency for Afghan allies who supported American troops during the war in Afghanistan.

Last week, American Legion National Commander Daniel Seehafer weighed in, sending a letter to Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

"As a nation that values loyalty and honor, the United States has a moral obligation to protect those who fought by our side," Seehafer wrote in part. "We made a promise to stand by the Afghan men and women who risked their lives for our mission; it is up to Congress to uphold this commitment."

American Legion Resolution No. 16, approved by the National Executive Committee in 2018, supports this initiative.

The American Legion has long supported providing a safe harbor for our Afghanistan allies.

Just over six months ago, The American Legion and other veterans service organizations (VSOs) held a press conference calling on senators to forge a solution to protect up to 15,000 Afghan allies.

"The American Legion stands firmly, shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Moran, Sen. Coons and Sen. Blumenthal, calling on their congressional colleagues to pass legislation that would right a wrong, and bring our Afghan allies to the United States today," American Legion National Security Commission Chairman Matthew Shuman said during the press conference.


Next article: Two years since launch of Dial 988 then Press 1, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls

Two years since launch of Dial 988 then Press 1, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls

Source: July 16, 2024

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Two years ago, the launch of Dial 988 then Press 1 made it easier than ever for veterans and their loved ones to access lifesaving support via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Crisis Line. In these past two years, VCL has answered more than 1,638,138 calls, representing a 22.7% increase in calls per day since the launch.

Dial 988 then Press 1 provides an easy-to-remember number to quickly connect veterans, servicemembers, and their loved ones to the Veterans Crisis Line's lifesaving services. Since the launch of the shortened number, VCL has maintained an average speed to answer of 9.17 seconds. In addition to the increase in calls answered, VCL has also received a 76.7% increase in texts and 27.5% increase in chats per day over the same two years.

"Our Veterans Crisis Line has been providing veteran-centered support for nearly two decades, and two years ago we made it even easier for veterans in crisis and their loved ones to reach out for help by launching Dial 988 then Press 1," said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. "One veteran lost to suicide is one too many. We're supporting more veterans than ever through the 988 initiative and will not rest in our continued efforts to spread the word that this resource is available and saves lives."

Since launching in July 2022, more than 10 million total calls, texts, and chats to 988 have been answered, including 1,179,129 calls answered by VCL via Dial 988 then Press 1.

This year, the two-year anniversary of Dial 988 then Press 1 coincides with the 2024 VA/DOD Suicide Prevention Conference in Portland, Oregon. This biannual event — a major platform for advancing the Biden-Harris Administration's Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide public health strategy — will bring together over 2,000 VA and DoD care team members, leaders, allies and subject matter experts from across the country to share leading-edge research, evidence-based clinical and community approaches, and improved data methods.

Ensuring every veteran and their loved ones know how to reach VCL in their time of need, as well as continuing to advance broader efforts to prevent veteran suicide, are top VA priorities. Today, more than 1,000 responders — many of whom are veterans themselves — ensure that every veteran has somebody to call for support in time of crisis.

If you're a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive 24/7 confidential support. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect. To reach responders, Dial 988 then Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text 838255

Next article: Watch Legion alums Leyland, Mauer join Hall of Fame

Watch Legion alums Leyland, Mauer join Hall of Fame

Source: July 16, 2024

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Jim Leyland and Joe Mauer will become the newest American Legion Baseball alumni enshrined in Cooperstown when the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2024 is inducted July 21.

Leyland and Mauer will bring the total number of former Legion Baseball players in the Hall of Fame to 87. Leyland played for Post 183 in Pemberville, Ohio, while Mauer played for Post 606 in St. Paul, Minn.

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2024, which also includes Adrian Beltre and Todd Helton, will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The event will air live on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com.

Mauer became just the third catcher to be selected to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, joining Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez. They played Legion Baseball as well — Bench in Anadarko, Okla., and Rodriguez for Post Vega Baja in Puerto Rico.

Mauer spent his entire 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins, winning batting titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was also American League MVP in 2009.

Mauer becomes the third player with ties to Post 606 to reach the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield.

Leyland won 1,769 games in 22 seasons as a manager with the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers, winning the 1997 World Series in the Marlins' fifth year of existence. He also managed Team USA to the 2017 World Baseball Classic title — four years after retiring from major league managing. Leyland was a three-time Manager of the Year, with Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1992 and with Detroit in 2006.

Next article: Alternative therapy for autoimmune, neurological and other issues

Alternative therapy for autoimmune, neurological and other issues

Source: July 16, 2024

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An innovator in the health sector that aims to improve the lives of veterans and civilians with advanced therapies and protocols is the special guest on this week's episode of The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast.

Eric Stoffers founded BioXcellerator with the goal of treating autoimmune and degenerative diseases, as well as orthopedic, spine and disc, and neurological conditions. He was inspired to pursue his career path in part by his grandmother's experience with traditional pharmaceuticals.

"That was the beginning," he said, but noted that he made a transition as an entrepreneur when he was working with a group of doctors in a real estate deal.

"When I got to see the patient testimonials and the help they were providing, there were some stories that really tugged on my heartstrings," he said. "They've spent their entire lives helping people." 

BioXcellerator has helped a wide range of patients, including previous podcast guest Omar "Crispy" Avila, who has emerged from severely disabled veteran to powerlifting champion. Additionally, the company has helped other athletes, entertainers and others with its stem-cell process.

"It is both safe and effective for a lot of indications," he says, noting those receiving the treatment have to go outside the U.S. since there are limitations on the therapies here. "The efficacy of the treatments are incredible for things like orthopedic injuries, autoimmune disease — the most common ones — and neurological ones. Our focus is on regular people like you and I."

Also, co-hosts Stacy Pearsall, Adam Marr and Joe Worley discuss:

• National Ice Cream Day is July 21, which this year is a Sunday — or sundae?

• A Be the One suicide prevention awareness walk nets a Bravo Zulu.

• A return to the draft? 

Check out this week's episode, which is among more than 250 Tango Alpha Lima podcasts available in both audio and video formats here. You can also download episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or other major podcast-hosting sites. The video version is available at the Legion's YouTube channel.


Next article: Henry Repeating Arms salutes The American Legion with new tribute edition rifles

Henry Repeating Arms salutes The American Legion with new tribute edition rifles

Source: July 15, 2024

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Henry Repeating Arms, the world's leading lever-action firearm manufacturer, is pleased to announce a new collection of tribute edition rifles to support The American Legion, its members, and their mission to enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, America's military, and communities through mutual helpfulness. The rifles are now available to American Legion members at discounted factory-direct pricing. Henry Repeating Arms donates a portion of every sale back to The American Legion.

A new line of American Legion Tribute Edition rifles from Henry Repeating Arms is now available to American Legion members at discounted factory-direct pricing. Visit henryusa.com/american-legion for more information.

The Henry Golden Boy American Legion Tribute Edition .22 S/L/LR features a nickel-plated and engraved receiver cover with 24kt gold-plated highlights for contrast.

The Henry Big Boy Brass American Legion Tribute Edition .44 Magnum/.44 Spl features an engraved receiver machined from a solid piece of hardened brass.

To further support the partnership, Henry Repeating Arms is auctioning a collector's set containing serial No. 1 of each rifle in the series and donating all proceeds to The American Legion. The auction concludes on July 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has more than 1.6 million members, making it the nation's largest veterans service organization. The organization is largely responsible for the G.I. Bill, which made higher education, home ownership, and job training accessible to millions of World War II veterans and millions more veterans after that. American Legion members volunteer their time to mentor children and youth, including the Junior Shooting Sports Program. In fact, program alumni have gone on to win Olympic medals in the sport.

The American Legion Tribute Edition rifles are available in three unique models based on some of Henry's most popular rifles. The Golden Boy American Legion Tribute Edition is chambered for .22 S/L/LR and features an engraved nickel-plated receiver cover with 24kt gold plated highlights. This rifle's genuine American walnut forearm is engraved with the American Legion's four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Youth. The Big Boy Brass American Legion Tribute Edition steps up the firepower with a rifle chambered in .44 Magnum and .44 Special featuring an engraved receiver machined from a solid piece of hardened brass, an iconic octagon barrel, and genuine American walnut stocks. The third rifle in the collection, the Big Boy X Model American Legion Tribute Edition, offers maximum versatility and usability with durable synthetic furniture, fiber optic sights, and a threaded barrel, and it is chambered for the ubiquitous .357 Magnum and .38 Special cartridges. The buttstock is laser engraved with the American Legion logo.

"We are immensely grateful to America's veterans and the organizations dedicated to supporting them and their families," said Anthony Imperato, Founder and CEO of Henry Repeating Arms. "We build these rifles to honor their sacrifices and celebrate the driving spirit of The American Legion, which stands as a beacon of hope and progress for those who have served this country."

For more information about Henry Repeating Arms, its products, and their commitment to honoring America's heroes, visit HenryUSA.com and order a free catalog. All purchases must be shipped to a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Next article: Virtual job fair July 25 for veterans, servicemembers and military spouses

Virtual job fair July 25 for veterans, servicemembers and military spouses

Source: July 15, 2024

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The American Legion will be part of a virtual job fair on July 25.

The event, hosted by MilitaryHire and Walmart, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The free event is open to servicemembers, veterans and military spouses.

Participants will be able to explore careers with top employers, converse with recruiters and share their resume with hiring teams from across the nation.

Click here to register.


Next article: 78th session of American Legion Boys Nation begins this week

78th session of American Legion Boys Nation begins this week

Source: July 15, 2024

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One hundred young men from across the country will participate in the 78th session of American Legion Boys Nation beginning this weekend.

Two "senators" representing each state except Hawaii, and the District of Columbia, will simulate the U.S. Senate through the political process. They'll also elect a president, vice president, president pro tempore and secretary of the senate during their eight days at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

The senators, all of whom are entering their senior year of high school, will be divided into two political parties, and each senator will write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee.

The Boys Nation senators will also join their counterparts from Girls Nation, sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary, in meeting with their real-world senators and their staffs during a visit to Capitol Hill. That's among a number of off-campus activities on the schedule for the programs.

Follow the happenings at American Legion Boys Nation at legion.org/boysnation, on YouTube at americanlegionHQ, and on social media (X/Twitter: @ALBoysNation; Instagram: @theamericanlegion) with the hashtag #BoysNation2024.


Next article: Five Things to Know, July 15, 2024

Five Things to Know, July 15, 2024

Source: July 15, 2024

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1.   It has been the Secret Service's protocol for more than a half-century since the assassination of John F. Kennedy — survey and secure all nearby structures to prevent gunfire from reaching a president or anyone else under the agency's protection. But somehow on Saturday, a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man was able to access a roof with a gun just 140 yards from the stage where former president Donald Trump was speaking. Now the Secret Service's actions and the potential holes in its protective net are under intense scrutiny, with lawmakers in both parties calling on Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to account for her decisions and law enforcement officials and experts expressing shock at what many said was the worst Secret Service breakdown since the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.

2.   Former President Donald Trump called for unity and resilience Sunday after an attempt on his life added fresh uncertainty to an already tumultuous presidential campaign and raised sharp questions about how a gunman was able to open fire from a rooftop near a Pennsylvania campaign rally. A full day after the shooting, the gunman's motive was still a mystery, and investigators said they believe he acted alone before being fatally shot by Secret Service agents. President Joe Biden ordered an independent security review of the attack, which killed a bystander and critically wounded two others. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

3.   President Joe Biden has nominated a lieutenant general with a history of command in the region to become the next leader of U.S. Army Pacific. Lt. Gen. Ronald Clark, Austin's senior military assistant, would take over at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, when Gen. Charles Flynn's tenure ends there. Flynn took command on June 4, 2021, from Gen. Paul LaCamera, who now leads U.S. Forces Korea. Clark, who would also pick up a fourth star, must be confirmed by the Senate.

4.   China and Russia's naval forces on Sunday kicked off a joint exercise at a military port in southern China, official news agency Xinhua reported, days after NATO allies called Beijing a "decisive enabler" of the war in Ukraine. The Chinese defense ministry said in a brief statement forces from both sides recently patrolled the western and northern Pacific Ocean and that the operation had nothing to do with international and regional situations and didn't target any third party.

5.   The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Sunday to respond to what she called a fresh South Korean civilian leafleting campaign, signaling North Korea could soon resume flying trash-carrying balloons across the border. Beginning in late May, North Korea floated numerous balloons carrying waste paper, scraps of cloth, cigarette butts and even manure toward South Korea in a series of late-night launch events, saying they were a tit-for-tat action against South Korean activists scattering political leaflets via their own balloons. No hazardous materials were found.

Next article: Palou, Lundqvist bounce back on Day 2 of Iowa doubleheader

Palou, Lundqvist bounce back on Day 2 of Iowa doubleheader

Source: July 15, 2024

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After a tough opening day at the Iowa Speedway, Chip Ganassi Racing's (CGR) Alex Palou and rookie Linus Lundqvist both battled back to strong showings in Sunday's Hy-Vee One Step 250.

Palou, driving the No. 10 DHL Honda featuring American Legion branding, finished second to Will Power by .39 seconds after the Team Penske driver overtook Palou on Lap 205 following a Palou pit stop and held him off the rest of the way. Palou, the defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, left Iowa with a 35-point lead over Power in the points race.

And CGR rookie Linus Lundqvist, driving the No. 8 American Legion Honda, ran in the top 10 part of the race – including leading Laps 206-208 – before finishing 12th.

Their showing followed a Saturday in the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 that saw rookie Linus Lundqvist retire after 209 laps because of mechanical issues and finish 21st, and NTT INDYCAR SERIES points leader Alex Palou record his worst finish (23rd) in 36 races after being forced out of the race on Lap 176 when he made contact with the outside wall on the front straightaway.

Palou came back on Sunday, starting second and taking his first lead on Lap 95. He ended up leading a race-high 103 laps; his finish also marked six podium finish and ninth top five of the 2024 season.

"It was a good weekend," Palou said. "I mean, yesterday was a terrible day for us, but the No. 10 DHL crew rebounded today. We almost got the win. I mean it was really tough to pass, I don't think anybody could pass.

"(Power) got us in the pits because they had a little bit more fuel, same as what we did to (third-place finisher Scott McLaughlin). Solid P2, looking forward to Toronto next week."

Lundqvist's finish tied for his second highest of the season in a points race and pushed his Rookie of the Year lead by 31 points over teammate Kyffin Simpson.

"The American Legion Honda was fast again. It's just a shame that we couldn't get the second lane working and passing was very tough," Lundqvist said. "It was stay behind the car in front, have no mistakes and try to get them in the pits. We tried something a little different and going a little bit longer, I think that worked out well for us.

"We ended up 12th, which is not amazing but not bad. So, (I'm) walking away where we had a little bit of speed and more confidence on the short ovals."

On Saturday, Palou qualified third and maintained that spot most of the first third of the race. But exiting out of the pits he had a mechanical issue that dropped him 16 spots to 19th. He was able to battle back to 12th before losing control of the car on Lap 176 and hitting the wall.

"Yeah, I just lost it out of Turn 4," Palou said. "Just went a bit closer to the No. 6, then yeah… just a driver mistake."

Lundqvist, meanwhile, had qualified 12th and was running ninth with 40 laps left before a gearing issue took him out of the race.

"I got stuck in gear for two laps as the team tried to work on the issue and couldn't resolve it," Lundqvist said. "I got a message to stop the car.

"I thought we were having a pretty good day. It felt good, fast, good in restarts. It's a shame. Our American Legion Honda was super-fast today."

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads northeast next weekend for Sunday's Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto.

To learn more about The American Legion's Be the One suicide prevention program, click here.

Next article: Follow live scoring of Legion air rifle championship