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Alone and homeless in an unknown city

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The American Legion and MACV found solutions By Tim Engstrom The Minnesota Legionnaire MINNEAPOLIS — Imagine suffering from a life-threatening health problem in an unfamiliar state, and then the hospital kicks you out on the street to fend for yourself because you lack proper insurance. That’s the situation long-haul trucker and Army veteran Sharon L. […]

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Are you a veteran impacted by COVID-19?

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ST. PAUL — Has the coronavirus restrictions caused you to lose your job? Has it shut down your veteran-owned business? The American Legion suggests you get your documentation ready for Monday, April 6, when you can apply for relief from the state of Minnesota. That’s because Minnesota veterans impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for […]

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MyLegion.org becomes the main way to get things done

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With Minnesota now under a stay-at-home order by the governor for a minimum of two weeks, Department Membership Director Sy Fix is asking now more then ever to put MyLegion.org to use. He said it is unfortunate that it takes a situation like this for members to realize how useful the MyLegion.org tool can be […]

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White paper on coronavirus relief package … for small businesses and nonprofits

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By The American Legion The Small Business Administration has streamlined the application process and reduced the administrative burden as of today. Start applying for the disaster relief loan or emergency $10k relief grant here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/ PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOAN • Small Business Administration Loans-$349 billion authorized (pg31 lines 8-13, CARES ACT). • Administration participation increased to […]

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Learn about Enhanced Buddy Checks

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By Jennifer Gedney Havlick The Minnesota Legionnaire TWO HARBORS — Heard of Enhanced Buddy Checks? In response to the COVID-19 pandemic American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford placed a strong emphasis on our Buddy Check program. As I watched the pandemic begin to unfold, I thought we can do more than an average Buddy Check. […]

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Department Executive Committee meets mostly by conference

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By Tim Engstrom The Minnesota Legionnaire ST. PAUL — The Department Executive Committee met by remote communications on Saturday, March 21, during a time when America and the world were struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. The most newsworthy aspect? Pulling the meeting off in the first place. The meeting had been planned for the Best […]

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Auxiliary President Mary Hendrickson: Department Office to be closed

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Dear members of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota: After consulting several sources, I feel our Department Office does not qualify to stay open during the “stay at home” period authorized by Gov. Tim Walz. Although we are a valuable patriotic and charitable organization, we just don’t fit into any of the categories (pharmacies, […]

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The 4 main COVID-19 scams and how to avoid them

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The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to online scam artists offering phony cures and trying to steal scared people’s money. Americans were told to stop selling sham vaccines, but that is the tip of iceberg and global catfishing is increasing as with all epidemics when people are most vulnerable. SocialCatfish.com released a report on four […]

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Boys State, Boys Nation cancelled due to pandemic

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Boys Nation, planned for July 17-25 in Washington, D.C., has been cancelled. Assessment on awarding the Samsung American Legion Scholarships is underway. Minnesota Boys State, scheduled for June 14-20 at St. John’s University in Collegeville, has been cancelled. Both decisions were made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on gatherings. Though the educational events […]

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Appreciation Rally in La Crescent canceled because of COVID-19 virus

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BREAKING NEWS: Commander Mark Dvorak has canceled the Appreciation Rally slated for March 21 in La Crescent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The commander is putting health and safety first and adhering to recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. If you made reservations at the hotel in La Crescent, you will need to cancel […]

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A conference just for women veterans happens April 4

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MOUNDS VIEW — The 2020 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veteran Conference will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The event happens at the YMCA in Mounds View, at 5394 Edgewood Drive. The building also is the Mounds View Community Center. The keynote speaker is Keara Torkelson, survivor of the […]

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Part 2: Will Minneapolis do right by child?

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By Tommy Johnson In the January edition of The Minnesota Legionnaire, the story was told about Minneapolis Public Housing Authority’s decision to make the 2-year-old child of a two-tour Iraqi combat veteran and his fiancé homeless. The headline was “Minneapolis housing authority opts to make fiancé and child of a veteran homeless.” That story got […]

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VA suicide prevention doctor: Can suicides really be prevented?

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WASHINGTON — The director of suicide prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs struggles with the notion that suicide is preventable. “I have a love/hate relationship with that saying,” Matt Miller told a room of Legionnaires at the Washington Conference of The American Legion on Monday, March 9. As the chief of mental health […]

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Minnesota selected for ‘Governor’s Challenge’ to eliminate veteran death by suicide

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota is among seven states selected for a national effort to eliminate veteran death by suicide. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in what’s called the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide […]

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American Legion at Minnesota Twins set for May 9

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MINNEAPOLIS — The 20th annual American Legion Family Night with the Minnesota Twins has been determined. It takes place Saturday, May 9, at 6:10 p.m. Department of Minnesota Commander Mark Dvorak will throw out the first pitch. Another Legionnaire will raise the flag. Posts can order tickets as a group or Legionnaires can order them […]

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Mark Dvorak: Thanks, National Commander Oxford

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By Mark Dvorak Greetings, Minnesota American Legion Family. This article will contain a few thank-yous and comments about membership. First and foremost, a big thanks to our national commander, James W. “Bill” Oxford, and his aide, Larry Cline, for visiting our Department of Minnesota. The only Legion position he ran for was district commander. All […]

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Gallery: National Commander Bill Oxford at Mankato Post 11

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On Feb. 19, The American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford enjoyed lunch at Mankato Post 11, which meets at Mankato VFW Post 950, the eighth stop on his tour of Minnesota. He spoke with young veterans from the area and with Minnesota State University, Mankato, veteran resource officer Tim Adams. Click on an […]