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American Legion World Series title game suspended until Wednesday morning

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Fargo, N.D., Post 2 and Idaho Falls, Idaho Post 56 were in the top of the second inning when the skies opened up, forcing a suspension of the American Legion World Series championship game.

Play is expected to resume at 10 a.m., ET on Wednesday. It will be broadcast on ESPNU.

North Dakota lead 2-1 when the game was suspended.

To find out additional information about the suspension, including any potential changes in coverage or start time, visit

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Legacy Run Day 3: Carrying on a family tradition

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Deanna Woodburn was on the back of a motorcycle at 7 a.m. on Aug. 19, kicking off a day that didn’t end until she got back to her hotel in Gainesville, Ga., after 7 p.m.

And then she did homework.

But that didn’t keep a smile off Woodburn’s face at 6:30 a.m. the next morning, standing in the parking lot of Gainesville’s Belk department store. The 18-year-old member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1922 in Springfield, Ill., has wanted to take part in a Legacy Run for a long time. After all, it’s in her blood.

“(The Legacy Run) has always been so important to me and my family that I’ve wanted to do it for years,” said Woodburn, the daughter of American Legion Department of Illinois Membership Chairman Chad Woodburn, an American Legion Rider on his fourth Legacy Run, and granddaughter of former longtime Legion Rider Terry Woodburn. “I always saw my grandpa going on the rides, and then I saw my dad starting to go on them as well. I always wanted to be a part of the Riders, and I’d known that for many years.

“I am able to now apply for the Legacy Scholarship, so for me it’s really important to be able to see where this money is coming from and how it’s being raised.”

Terry Woodburn was the longtime Department of Illinois adjutant and former chairman of National American Legion Riders Advisory Committee. Woodburn was instrumental in the early years of the Legacy Run, serving as a road captain, and also worked for American Legion National Headquarters from 1992-1998 as the Child Welfare Foundation’s executive secretary.

Terry passed away June 25, 2015, and just over a year later, Chad took part in his first Legacy Run – in part to honor his father and in part to fulfill a longtime goal as well. “It was something I wanted to do because of being a Rider and knowing what the American Legion Family does for veterans, for children,” he said. “And I wanted my daughter to see it – she’s been an Auxiliary member since birth and been very active – and for her to see what the Riders do was real important.”

For Chad, a member of Post 1922, preparing his daughter for the ride wasn’t easy. “There’s no real way to prepare a person, other than to tell them it’s going to be long days,” he said. “But it’s a fun family time. When we got into Florida on (Aug. 17), she was right by my side and was a little shy, which is not her. The next day her social butterfly was back, and she was out enjoying the family presence that’s here.”

A freshman at Heartland Community College and past honorary national Central Division Junior Auxiliary vice president, Deanna began to notice that family environment pretty early. “I have had so many people come up and say … ‘hey, you’re Chad’s daughter,’ or ‘hey, you’re Terry’s granddaughter.’ It makes me so happy to know he touched so many people. It’s just really special for me.”

With Deanna on the ride, three generations of Woodburn Legion Riders have taken part. “It’s awesome,” Chad said. “Dad’s looking down on us and smiling right now.”

Worth the work. At historic Post 28 in Spartanburg, S.C. – another centennial post along the route – the ride was Chick-fil-A boxed lunches provided by Humana. The post facility was built in 1936, is made primarily of local granite and is listed on the National Register.

Having the 221 Legion Riders and their 43 passengers stop at the post “was something. It’s one of my highlights of my five years (as post commander),” Post 28 Commander Carroll Owens said. “I’ve been working with (Legacy Run Chief Road Captain) Bob Sussan on this thing for about a year now. It’s just great to be able to do this part for them. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”

Showing her support. North Carolina Alternate Executive Committeeman Patricia Harris, a member of Post 124 in Apex, N.C., traveled all the way to Post 28 so she could ride with the Legacy Run up to Shelby, N.C., where the American Legion World Series championship game was scheduled to be played. Harris rode on the back of Tarboro, N.C., American Legion Auxiliary Unit 13 President Ottine “Tina” Miller’s motorcycle.

“I couldn’t think of a better thing to do at the end of the World Series than to come and support the Legacy Run coming through our state,” Harris said. “I am always proud of my brothers and sisters that … supporting such an important issue for us.”

First-timer perspective. Ride participant Devin Smith is a member of Sons of The American Legion Squadron Post 6 in Cheyenne, Wyo. His wife, Diane, is a member of Post 6 and currently is serving in the U.S. Army and is deployed to the Middle East.

Riding through Uptown Shelby, N.C., where residents lined the streets waving American Legion flags and cheering the Riders, was a moving experience, one of many he’s had on the Run.

“It truly makes you believe in America again,” Smith said. “It just goes to show that people really do love America and the military. I’ve got a wife who’s currently deployed, so it’s neat seeing the support for that.”

BBQ and baseball. American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad, who has been on the Legacy Run since its start Aug. 18, left the Riders briefly that night, getting taken via motorcycle to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. But before that, he and the other ride participants were provided a pulled pork dinner at American Legion Post 155 in Kings Mountain, N.C. The ride originally had been invited to the post as a place to “hang out,” but that evolved into Post 155 becoming a dinner stop.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Post 155 Commander Ken Breakfield about hosting the Riders. “It just worked out to where we were able to get everything arranged in a short period of time. It’s a blessing for us to have it.”

Breakfield knew the ride had gone through periods of heavy rain but also knew that wouldn’t deter them. “They’re veterans,” he said. “A lot of them have been through a lot more than that.”

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USAA Tips: Leaving a bad boss can be a great career move

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Content provided courtesy of USAA | By Chad Storlie

In the military, if you have a bad boss, you are forced to wait them out, wait until they PCS or hope they transfer. In a civilian role, you don’t have to wait out a bad boss — you can just leave, which may be your best career choice. You can and should take steps to improve your career situation and move on.

The central question in leaving a bad boss is to identify a bad boss. Bad bosses can be great people, they can be well-meaning, and they can be genuine. The tell-tale feature is that a good boss enables your career and a bad boss holds you back.

There are six primary areas to determine if you work for a bad boss or a good boss.

1. A good boss shares ideas and information – A bad boss hoards it. Information sharing is one of the most evident and easily diagnosed areas to evaluate your boss. If your boss shares information, describes in detail what the executive team is thinking, shares industry trends, and shares what other parts of the organization are doing, then that is a good sign of a good boss. If your boss shares none of these items, then that is an indicator they are a bad boss.

2. A good boss enables employees' outside ideas and initiative – A bad boss knows the answers already and restricts employees exercising their ideas. A good boss is open to new ideas and different ways of doing business that helps the boss reach the team’s goals. A bad boss already knows the answers and already knows how things need to be done and does not need to hear employee suggestions. Furthermore, a bad boss actively discourages new ideas.

3. A good boss promotes team member actions up the chain of command for recognition – A bad boss promotes only their actions. Perhaps one of the best evaluations of a good boss is how often they bring up team member actions and activities in meetings with their boss. If you hear, “Jane did this,” or “Larissa led this,” or “William created this,” in meetings and conversations with the executive team, then this is a sign of a good boss recognizing and promoting their team's results. If you only hear a discussion of results with no attribution of those results to the people that did them, then that is a sign of a bad boss.

4. A good boss regularly coaches team members – A bad boss relies only on the annual performance review. In my opinion, the annual performance review remains one of the worst human resource activities still in use today. A good boss meets with individual team members regularly to discuss with precise examples what they did well, what they can improve, and then how to improve it. A bad boss only discusses employee performance once or twice a year and avoids any other performance discussion.

5. A good boss adapts their leadership style to engage each individual in the entire team – A bad boss has only “their” way of doing things. Leadership is a broad approach to describe how a range of methods and techniques can be applied to get the best performance out of a team of individuals. A good boss applies a leadership style that is unique to each team member so that each individual team member can be led to perform their best. A bad boss has only a “my way” of leadership that is applied to all team members regardless of individual outcome. A good leader employs a range of techniques to get the best from people.

6. A good boss has firm and fast professional ethics – A bad boss has “situational” and flexible ethics. Personal ethics is one of the best evaluations of a good or bad boss. A good boss has firm, well understood, and clear ethical principles that apply to the boss and each member of their team equally. A bad boss has a “muddy” concept of ethics that apply to themselves, their team, and other individuals differently. Different ethical standards are a clear sign of a bad boss.

Once you have determined that you work for a bad boss, you need to make the decision to leave. The decision to leave can be to transfer to a different role in the same company or to leave for a different company all together. First, you must accept that a bad boss is unlikely to change into a good boss. Having a bad boss change into a good boss is a very, very unlikely situation and one that I have never witnessed. Second, if you work for a bad boss, you will never work for a good boss. This is obvious, but unless you decide to change your employment situation, your boss situation will not change. You must take the action to change your work situation. Third, start making career and networking connections to leave immediately. It is tempting to see how things look in three months or a year. Don’t fall for this temptation to “kick the can” down the road – make the decision today to leave a bad boss.

Leaving a bad boss is a difficult but necessary step to enable your full career success.

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101st National Convention in Indianapolis begins Friday

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The 101st National Convention of The American Legion in Indianapolis gets underway Friday, Aug. 23, with community activities, meetings, workshops, training sessions, distinguished guests, speakers and more, and concludes Aug. 29 with the election of a new national commander.

For a schedule of events, tour opportunities and more visit

A few activities held during convention include:

• American Legion community service project – Friday, Aug. 23

• Color Guard contests – Friday, Aug. 23

• Band contests – Saturday, Aug. 24

• Legion Family Night with the Colts – Saturday, Aug. 24

• Legion Family Night at Victory Field where Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats – Saturday, Aug. 24 (National Commander Brett Reistad will throw out the first pitch)

• National convention parade – Sunday, Aug. 25

• Centennial Film Festival – Monday, Aug. 26

• Legion Family Night with WNBA Fever Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Tuesday, Aug. 27

The following workshops and conferences will be held in conjunction with the convention:

Indianapolis Military Hiring Fair – Thursday, Aug. 22

Subject Matter Expert Training – Saturday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 26

Digital Media Training Workshop – Monday, Aug. 26

National Credentialing Summit – Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 29

Other convention news:

• The U.S. Mint will be selling American Legion centennial coins in the Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Convention Center.

• The American Legion’s traveling GI Bill exhibit is on display in the rotunda at the Indiana State Capitol, 200 W. Washington Street.

• A naturalization ceremony and voter registration will be conducted with 100 new citizens – Tuesday, Aug. 27

Stay updated with what’s happening at The American Legion’s biggest annual gathering by following online at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

The Legion’s National Convention mobile app is also available for download, free of charge, from the Apple Store or Google Play. Click here to access it. The app includes maps, information from meeting times to registration and shuttle hours, social media links, a guide to Indianapolis and more. It will continue to be updated with information, headlines and alerts throughout the convention. If you still have last year’s app on your phone, you can simply update it for 2019.

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Idaho and North Dakota to play in Legion World Series title on ESPNews

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The American Legion World Series has never been won by a team from Idaho or North Dakota.

That will change Tuesday night as Idaho Falls, Idaho, Post 56 will face Fargo, N.D., Post 2 in a nationally-televised American Legion World Series championship game on ESPNews. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

These two teams squared off in their first game of the tournament last Thursday. Scoreless through three innings, Idaho Post 56’s offense woke up for multiple runs in each of the remaining innings on its way to a 7-3 victory over North Dakota Post 2.

Idaho Falls, known as the Bandits, won the Stripes pool with an unblemished 3-0 record, but needed some magic late Monday night to advance to the final. The team got four runs on just two hits and walked off as 4-3 winners over Danville, Ill., Post 210. The game mirrored the program’s regional title winning game, which also went to extra innings.

The win gave the Bandits their 60th win of the year to just six losses. They are 4-0 in American Legion World Series play.

The state of Idaho has sent representatives to the American Legion World Series in three straight years and nine times overall.

Only two of the other eight programs to make the World Series made the title game and Idaho Falls will hope to fare better than their counterparts. Pocatello lost, 23-6, in the first World Series in 1926 against Yonkers, N.Y., in Philadelphia. Lewiston Post 13 dropped a 5-2 decision to Brooklawn, N.J., in 2001 in Yakima, Wash.

North Dakota came into the World Series as the fourth Post 2 team to ever make it to the event the first in 27 years (1969, 1989, 1992) and one of just five appearances from the state of North Dakota.

Entering the World Series with a record of 51-6, North Dakota won two of three pool play games, losing only to Idaho in the opener.

On Monday, North Dakota completed a suspended game in the morning to earn a spot in the semifinals, then returned in the evening, braved another lengthy rain delay, then defeated previously-unbeaten Destrehan, La., Post 366 in the first national semifinal by a score of 11-4.

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Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.