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"Still Serving America" is the motto of The American Legion. Veterans who continue their service to America by still serving their communities. Veterans whose involvement in the community creates and supports the feeling of camaraderie which makes The American Legion the nation's largest and the most respected organization of wartime veterans. 

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Legion partners with Dept. of Homeland Security to build community preparedness

INDIANAPOLIS, August 11, 2004  -  The nation’s largest veterans organization has joined forces with the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and a coalition of 50 national groups to encourage citizens in communities across the nation to be prepared when it comes to handling emergencies.

With nearly 15,000 posts throughout the country, the 2.7 million-member American Legion is perfectly positioned to reach out to communities during National Preparedness Month in Sept. with information that could be crucial in saving lives.

“Military veterans are ideal activists in motivating their neighbors to be prepared,” according to John Brieden, national commander of The American Legion. “After all, we all spent a good portion of our lives training for war and know only too well the value of having the tools for survival at our fingertips.”

“National Preparedness Month brings together an amazing coalition of partners to make citizen preparedness a priority for every city, every neighborhood and every home across America,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

National Preparedness Month will provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about ways they can prepare for an emergency, get an emergency supply kit, establish a family communications plan, and become more aware of threats that may impact communities. It will also provide them with several opportunities to volunteer or get first aid or CPR training.

“American Legion Posts can serve as shelters, emergency command centers, CERT team training and deployment sites and more,” Brieden said. “Legionnaires have myriad military skills that are invaluable to their communities.

“We are a nation engaged in war with a ruthless enemy that continues to send signals that every American, every community, is fair game to them. It is only prudent that all of us should be prepared for any contingency, natural or man-made.”

Homeland Security is one of the top issues to be considered by delegates to The American Legion 86th National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2004.





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