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The Military Wants Better Tests for PTSD. Speech Analysis Could Be the Answer.

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Using computerized voice analysis, a new study found 18 features of speech that identify markers of PTSD in veterans.

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Full Committee Oversight Hearing: Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans

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On Monday, April 29, 2019, Committee on Veterans’ full committee will hold an oversight hearing entitled “Tragic Trends: Suicide Prevention Among Veterans.” The Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building.

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Second episode of American Legion centennial documentary released

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Before The American Legion celebrated its 100th birthday last month, the first two episodes of the newly produced centennial documentary on the history and influence of The American Legion, "To Strengthen a Nation," were released.

Watch "To Strengthen a Nation: Prelude" and "Episode 1: Formation of The American Legion." The episodes are available on The American Legion's YouTube channel.

The second episode of "To Strengthen a Nation" has been released – "Episode 2: Mutual Helpfulness." This episode focuses on The American Legion helping its fellow veterans through service officers, the GI Bill, Agent Orange benefits, and more.

“To Strengthen a Nation” has professional actors, who are also Legionnaires, crisscrossing the country to discover how The American Legion was formed, grew, and serves community, state and nation today. Episodes will be posted monthly or bimonthly between now and the 101st National Convention in Indianapolis in late August.


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A Former Marine Looks Back on Her Life in a Male-Dominated Military

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Anuradha Bhagwati’s forceful memoir, “Unbecoming,” tackles sexual harassment, discrimination and the possibilities for redress for American servicewomen.

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American Legion Child Welfare Foundation awards grant for autism research

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The American Legion’s Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) awarded the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) a grant April 16 that will aid in the printing and distribution of a revised resource “A Parent's Guide to Research: 2019 Outreach.” The revised guide will provide parents with information about autism, explain the differences in information resources, and give them the tools to interpret and apply findings to their individual situation and needs.

OAR is a national nonprofit organization in Arlington, Va., that was founded and led by parents and grandparents of children with autism. They work to provide new and useful information to members of the autism community, and promote initiatives that enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism.

The $14,250 grant was presented to OAR Executive Director Michael Maloney and Director of Research and Programs Kimberly Ha by American Legion Finance Commission member George Lussier and Department of Virginia's National Executive Alternative Committeeman Linden Dixon Jr.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation was founded to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth. CWF accomplishes this mission by promoting child welfare through dissemination of knowledge about research, studies, surveys, projects, or by supporting programs and activities benefiting the welfare of children and youth.


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