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Legion's Children & Youth Conference begins Friday

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The American Legion’s eighth annual National Children & Youth Conference will discuss the success of internal programs and feature presentations from several outside organizations, including Young Marines, Joe Foss Instituteand Children's Transplant Organization Association.

Download the three-day agenda here.

The Children & Youth Conference, Sept. 19-21, will be conducted in downtown Indianapolis at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel and is free and open to all interested American Legion family members.

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TRICARE Shines Light on Suicide Prevention

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Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, and military veterans make up 20 percent of suicide deaths each year. TRICARE works with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Department of Defense’s oversight authority to reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, to provide mental health resources to all TRICARE beneficiaries. Read more.

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Veterans outreach program planned for Virginia

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Loudoun County’s first “Salute to Military, Veterans and Families” event will take place Sept. 27 in Ashburn, Va. Servicemembers and veterans will have the chance to meet with accredited representatives from The American Legion and other veterans service organizations to get help with their benefits claims and other issues related to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Stone Bridge High School on 43100 Hay Road. Five American Legion posts in Loudoun County will participate: Post 2001 in Ashburn, Post 150 in Sterling, Post 34 in Leesburg, Post 295 in Middleburg and Post 293 in Purcellville. The Legion posts and the Loudoun County Government are co-sponsors for the event.

Several breakout sessions will provide information on VA benefits, support programs and answers to questions from attendees. Veterans will also get help with any benefits claims they have filed, or wish to file.

Featured speakers during the program include American Legion National Vice Commander Bill Bryant; American Legion Department of Virginia Commander Gerald Rhoads; VA Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey; Director of National Defense University Marine BGen. Thomas Gorry; Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services Paul Galanti; and President and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Tony Howard.

The “Salute to Military, Veterans and Families” will also include a musical performance by the brass section of VA’s Medical Music Group.

For more information, contact Bob O’Such at (703) 723-5839/(571) 422-3993/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Charlie McKinney at (703) 729-1529/703-975-6422/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Town hall meeting, veterans crisis center set for Oregon

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The American Legion will conduct a town hall meeting Sept. 22 in White City, Ore., for veterans to discuss the quality of health care they are receiving from the local Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) and other VA facilities.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Jackson County Roads and Parks Auditorium on 200 Antelope Rd. in White City. The meeting is open to the public and veterans are encouraged to attend, especially those affected by VA delays in medical care or benefit claims processing.

The American Legion will also operate a Veterans Crisis Command Center (VCCC) on Sept. 23-24 at American Legion Post 15 on 100 E. Jackson St. in Medford, Ore. Hours of operation for the center are from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday the 23rd, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th.

Members of the Legion’s national staff, along with local Legionnaires, staff from VA facilities and volunteers from other organizations, will be on hand at the VCCC to assist veterans and their families. Services provided will include assistance with scheduling VA medical appointments, filing benefits claims, grief counseling, and help with enrollment into VA health care.

Verna Jones, director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, said the decision was made to hold the meeting in White City and crisis center in Medford “because many veterans and their families have been affected by serious delays in getting access to their health care, and in getting decisions made by VA on their disability and other benefits claims.”

The American Legion, with help from the VA and other organizations, has previously operated crisis centers for veterans and family members in several locations, including Phoenix, Fayetteville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., El Paso, Texas, St. Louis, Fort Collins, Colo., and Baltimore.

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