The American Legion Department of Vermont
126 State Street, PO Box 396
Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0396  Telephone: 802-223-7131

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Fred Latour
Commander
2015-2016
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The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.4 million members in nearly 14,000 posts in nearly every community in America. The Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Today, the organization is active throughout the United States, supporting current military personnel and veterans, sponsoring American Legion Baseball, Boys State, Oratorical Contests and other activities for youth, and pushing for the adoption of a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the U.S. flag.

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National Commander Michael Helm presided at a women veterans forum at Post 36 in Ludlow, Vt. Guest facilitators who also spoke during the event included Washington Executive Director Verna Jones, Veterans Education & Employment Commission Chairman Denise Rohan and Adjutant Linda Perham. During the event, Helm challenged Legionnaires to honor the service and sacrifice of all veterans, including female Legionnaires and women veterans that are Auxiliary members.
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JULY 2015

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RESOURCES FOR WOMEN VETERANS

Challenges

The current global war on terror illustrates a few deficiencies in services provided for women veterans. Never before have women servicemembers been engaged in constant combative environments. Participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom has forced them to expand their military roles to ensure their own survival, as well as the survival of their units. They sustain the same types of injuries that their male counterparts endure. Any future women veterans’ research will need to take into consideration the physical effects of combat on women veterans, not just mental effects of combat and military sexual trauma.  Read more

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH). - See more at: http://www.legion.org/dispatch/228715/agent-orange-va-benefits-expanded#sthash.KCY1gad5.dpuf


LEGION RIDER EVENTS

Legion Rider's nostalgic journey one for the history books - See more at: http://www.legion.org/honor/227963/legion-riders-nostalgic-journey-one-history-books#sthash.TbA9qOR4.dpuf
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