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American Legion Baseball to honor fan-selected All-Centennial Team

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Through fan voting, American Legion Baseball will be honoring the greatest players from the first 100 years of The American Legion, which celebrated its centennial on March 15.

Fans can vote online at for the team, which will be announced at the 2019 American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., Aug.15-20.

A total of 85 nominees, including all of the 78 former American Legion Baseball players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as players or coaches, were presented to the American Legion Baseball Committee, which pared the list down to 60 for a fan vote.

Fans can vote for as many or as few players as they see fit for their ballot.

The finalists are as follows:

Catchers: Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Gary Carter, Carlton Fisk, Mike Piazza, Iván Rodríguez

First Basemen: Jeff Bagwell, Harmon Killebrew, Albert Pujols, Eddie Murray, Willie Stargell, Jim Thome

Second Basemen: Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg

Shortstops: Barry Larkin, Pee Wee Reese, Alan Trammell, Robin Yount

Third Basemen: Wade Boggs, George Brett, Chipper Jones, Eddie Mathews, Brooks Robinson

Outfielders: Barry Bonds, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, Ted Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski

Starting Pitchers: Bert Blyleven, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Roger Clemens, Don Drysdale, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Roy Halladay, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Warren Spahn, Justin Verlander

Relief Pitchers: Rollie Fingers, Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Hoyt Wilhelm

Coaches: Sparky Anderson, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver

The 25 remaining nominees, considered honorable mentions to the team are, by position: Roy Campanella, Don Mattingly, Bobby Doerr, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon, Lou Boudreau, George Kell, Ron Santo, Richie Ashburn, Harold Baines, Bryce Harper, Joe Medwick, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Tom Glavine, Catfish Hunter, Bob Lemon, Jack Morris, Mike Mussina, Hal Newhouser, Robin Roberts, Max Scherzer, Early Wynn, Whitey Herzog and Dick Williams

Voting is available at

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Legion salutes VA policy change as victory for religious freedom

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“A perfect affirmation for Independence Day,” is how American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad summed up the news that VA would be more welcoming of religious literature, symbols and displays at all of its facilities.

“This is a direct result of our recent Supreme Court victory in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association,” Reistad said. “That case involved far more than a cross in Bladensburg, Md. It involved the cherished right for people to exercise their faith without government overbearance. VA promises that it will continue to respect and tolerate differing views, but at the same time the department makes clear that religious liberty at VA is once again protected. We welcome the announcement by VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for bringing needed clarity on this issue. Some groups may not approve but the Supreme Court spoke loudly with a 7-2 favorable ruling.”

With a current membership of nearly two million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, patriotic youth programs and Americanism. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 13,000 posts worldwide. From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion is the most influential voice for America’s veterans. The American Legion,, will be celebrating its centennial through Veterans Day.

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Subcommittee on Health oversight hearing " The Cost of Caring."

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On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold an oversight hearing entitled, " The Cost of Caring."   

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Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Oversight Hearing: Economic Well-being of Women Veterans.

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On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold an oversight hearing entitled, "Economic Well-being of Women Veterans." 

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Tour opportunities available during national convention

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A variety of tour opportunities will be available to attendees at the 2019 American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis this August. More information and ticket information is available for every tour here. Discounted ticket prices are available through advance purchases.

• Tours of American Legion National Headquarters and American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters are available Aug. 23 and 26.

• Tours of Indianapolis are available Aug. 23, 24 and 26 and will include stops at city landmarks such as Monument Circle, Central Canal, the Children’s Museum and the governor’s residence.

• A trip to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the “greatest spectacle in racing,” includes a narrated tour of the100-year-old racing circuit while traveling around its 2.5-mile oval track, and admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Tour dates are Aug. 23, 24 & 26.

• Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C., in the number of war monuments and memorials. Tour them – including the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, World War II Memorial, USS Indianapolis Memorial & the 9/11 Memorial - Aug. 23, 24 & 26.

• Camp Atterbury, covering over 40,000 acres in South Central Indiana, was a major combat training facility during World War II and now is one of two facilities that train regular and reserve forces before their deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. Tours on Aug. 23 and 26 will show construction, activation, unit training and Camp Atterbury as it is today.

• The Allison Engine Company (now Rolls-Royce) had a history of creating U.S. military technology dating back to World War I. Tour its museum Aug. 23 in Indianapolis to see historical engines and several turbine engines designed for automobiles.

• Just 30 minutes south of Indianapolis in Edinburgh Premium Outlets, home to shopping in stores such as Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ralph Lauren, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger. Tours are available Aug. 24.

Remember to check back here for updated national convention information. Also, look for updates on social media by searching for the hashtag #ALconv2019.

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