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ALWS champs to attend MLB World Series in Cleveland

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When American Legion Baseball alumni Jason Kipnis, second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, and Kris Bryant, third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, take the field this week in a historic Major League Baseball World Series, they will have a special cheering section in the crowd.

The 2016 American Legion World Series champions, Texarkana, Ark., will be attending Games 1 and 2 in Cleveland to see the host Indians face the Chicago Cubs. This trip continues a 90-year tradition of having the ALWS champion team attend the MLB World Series.

"It is great to be able to provide our champions with such an amazing reward for their hard work," said Gary Stone, American Legion Baseball Committee chairman.

Follow the Arkansas team on Legion Baseball's Twitter page here.

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A golden opportunity for veterans seeking jobs

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The home of one of the NBA’s most popular teams will host a career event for current and former military servicemembers and their spouses.

The American Legion, in conjunction with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others will host a Hiring Our Heroes job expo at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Nov. 7.

The expo includes an employment workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., where job seekers will be able to meet with a team of hiring experts.

This Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop is led by HR and workforce professionals and covers a variety of topics including résumé building, networking, and interview tips, taking into account the job seeker's military background and lifestyle. Hiring Our Heroes digital tools are also integrated into the workshop curriculum. Immediately following the workshop, volunteer career coaches will help attendees develop an elevator pitch, participate in a mock interview, and create a more effective résumé.

After the workshop, a hiring fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature prospective employers seeking to hire veterans and their spouses.

Current military personnel, veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Attendees should come with their résumés in hand, and be prepared to network or even interview on the spot.

No registration is necessary; however, registering for the event allows job seekers to upload their résumés to be viewed by employers ahead of time. All registered veterans and military spouses are also eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend that evening’s game between the Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Click here to register.

Event information:

Nov. 7

Oracle Arena

7000 Coliseum Way

Oakland, CA 94621

9:30-11 a.m. employment workshop

11 a.m.-2 p.m. hiring fair

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Keep your mouth healthy

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Some people associate dentures and losing teeth to aging, but that doesn’t have to be the case for everyone. 

A well-balanced diet and good, consistent oral hygiene will keep your mouth young and healthy, according to Navy Capt. (Dr.) Kevin T. Prince, Chief of the Department of Dentistry at Walter Reed Bethesda. 

“That’s one of the most critical things when you talk about oral health – what you’re consuming,” the dentist of more than two decades explained. Consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet means not eating a lot of processed food and sugars, and adding more veggies and fruit to your daily diet. 

Bacteria in the mouth feeds on the sugar that we consume, Prince said. “The by-product is an acid that erodes your teeth, gums and the bone around your teeth.” Tooth decay can develop at any age; it’s not just for kids. 

Dry mouth is a common concern for older adults, but the decrease in saliva that keeps the mouth moist and maintains a healthy environment inside your mouth is not a natural part of the aging process. There are a number of causes for the condition; one common cause can be the medications that you are taking. Dry mouth can often result as a side effect for many drugs including antihistamines, antidepressants, decongestants, painkillers and diuretics. 

Gum disease is another illness that doesn’t have to be a part of growing older. It’s more habit-related than age-related, said Prince. 

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that causes the gums to pull away from teeth with subsequent bone loss and root exposure, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Prince said when the roots of teeth are exposed the exposure makes us more susceptible to tooth sensitivity and root caries, or cavities along the root. 

Again, eating a healthy well-balanced diet and maintaining good oral hygiene throughout your lifetime will reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities (tooth decay), he explained. 

“That means brushing regularly, hopefully twice a day, flossing on a regular basis, and consuming a well-balanced diet low in sugar. These habits are critically important to maintaining both good oral health and overall health,” Prince said. 

The dentist said there’s no special medicine for a healthy mouth; just go back to the basics.  He suggests using a soft bristle toothbrush with a rounded-head. 

“Poor oral health and many of the diseases that manifest in the mouth have been linked through research and clinical findings, to a number of systemic diseases and conditions such as Bacterial Endocarditis, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Sjogren’s Syndrome (an auto-immune disorder that causes dry mouth and dry eyes), head and neck cancers as well as many other conditions,” said Prince. “The research continues and everyday modern medicine is making the connection between oral and systemic health.” 

Occurrence of oral cancer rises significantly for tobacco-users (smoking, dip, chew, and other smokeless tobacco) as well as those with an increased usage of alcohol, according to the dentist. 

“During a check-up, I’m looking at more than your teeth. I’m looking at your tongue, under your tongue, your inner cheeks, your hard and soft palate, your facial symmetry and more, checking for anything that does not look normal.” said Prince. “Just because you have white teeth doesn’t mean your mouth is healthy.”

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Virtual medicine will be norm in future crises, says health chief

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WASHINGTON — Virtual health, also called telemedicine, is currently being used across 18 time zones, in 30 countries, and supporting more than 20 clinical specialties. 

Immediately following the 2009 and 2014 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army's virtual health care was there, linking the survivors with behavioral health care providers "from Hawaii, D.C. and San Antonio," said Dr. Colleen Rye, Chief of Army Virtual Health, Office of the Army Surgeon General, at an Association of the United States Army Medical Readiness panel recently.  

A virtual health pilot is now underway in U.S. Africa Command, where "tyranny of distance" means that the only medical service providers available on site are the medics and telemedicine, she said. 

Another virtual health pilot is being conducted with Special Forces, she said. 


In the example of Special Forces, telehealth takes the form of a James Bond-type suitcase, which is filled with medical gadgetry instead of spy gear designed by Q. Open it and "out pops a tablet computer, a device to connect to satellites and a whole array of peripherals, from otoscopes and stethoscopes to ultrasound cameras and ophthalmoscopes," Rye said. 

With this equipment, health specialists can literally, "hear your heartbeat from 3,000 miles away," Rye said. 

In other words, a medic could connect a patient at the point of injury to a specialist in another apart of the world, who could then provide the medic with detailed instructions on how to save the Soldier's life. The specialist at the other end could be a cardiologist, hematologist, orthopedist, pulmonologist – whatever kind is needed. 


Future combat will probably not look like it does in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rye said. Rather, the battlespace may be contested to such a degree that medevacs may be impossible and field hospitals, much less forward operating bases, may not be located nearby. 

"[The] virtual hand will be reaching out, guiding medics through what they need right at the point of injury," she said. 


Army medicine is currently building a global teleconsultation portal to provide virtual care through a vast network of health service providers. "The sun will never set on us" when it comes to providing care virtually anywhere and at any time, Rye said. 

The Navy was thrilled by the promise of the Army's virtual health system, Rye said. They're now paying the Army to build identical systems on 67 Navy ships. 

All of the new gadgetry was produced in Army laboratories, Rye said. Civilian medical facilities around the world are now using Army-produced technology, from telestroke to remote health monitoring. 

Disclaimer: Re-published content may have been edited for length and clarity. Read original post.        

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American Legion on Bonuses: ‘We stand with the soldiers of the Guard’

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The head of the nation’s largest veterans service organization is calling on the U.S. military to immediately cease collection efforts from National Guard members who were mistakenly awarded bonuses through no fault of their own.

“As far as The American Legion is concerned, the debt is backward. America owes a debt to these heroes that we can never re-pay,” said National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. “It is outrageous that thousands of National Guard members in California and many other states were promised bonuses if they would re-enlist and go to war. Most did and now they are being hounded to re-pay the money because of bureaucratic incompetence. This is not how you treat our volunteers, who had no more obligation to serve than any other American. How can any potential military member ever believe what military recruiters promise them in the future? Congress and the White House need to fix this now and provide immediate relief to those who have already been bullied into paying this. There are a few documented cases where apparently fraud has been committed. Fraud is a crime and those who committed this offense should be punished. But there is no way that the overwhelming majority of these thousands of servicemembers are anything other than heroes who mistakenly believed the promises that their government was making to them. If their overpayments were not made due to malicious deception on their part, they should not be held responsible for it.”

Schmidt, a retired Air Force officer who served in Vietnam, pointed out that many of the veterans experienced combat, earned Purple Hearts and had to obtain loans to pay back the bonuses. “A few isolated cases might be excusable due to a misunderstanding, but the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 10,000 Guard veterans were being ordered to repay bonuses in California alone,” he said. “The American Legion stands with all of the soldiers and families that have been affected by this. We will not rest until this problem is fixed.”

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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at