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Home News July report shows Legion's victory for Bladensburg cross and Blue Water Navy veterans

July report shows Legion's victory for Bladensburg cross and Blue Water Navy veterans

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The July 2019 Membership Impact Report highlights The American Legion’s dedication to honoring veterans and helping them earn the benefits they deserve.

In a landmark victory for The American Legion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on June 20 that the 40-foot Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial can remain on public land in Prince George’s County, Md., where it has stood since 1925. And on June 25, the president signed into law H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, an American Legion-supported legislation that will extend disability benefits covering medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to those who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam, known as "Blue Water" Navy veterans.

Also in June, American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad honored D-Day in Normandy; $13,458 in Temporary Financial Assistance grants were disbursed to military and veteran families with minor children in the home who are facing financial hardships; and nearly 3,500 U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, spouses and family members received assistance at the MEGA Career Fair at Fort Hood, Texas, which included participation by The American Legion's Veterans Employment & Education Division.

Click here to see the July Membership Impact Report.

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A veteran’s family must request a United States flag.

A flag is provided at no cost to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran. Generally, the flag is given to the next of kin. Only one flag may be provided per veteran. Upon the request of the family, an “Application for United States Flag for Burial Purposes” (VA Form 21-2008) must be submitted along with a copy of the veteran’s discharge papers. Flags may be obtained from VA regional offices and most U.S. Post Offices.