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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

    VA to Start Limited Use of HBOT for PTSD

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Nov. 29 that it will offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment option for a small number of veterans with persistent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms resistant to standard options. Treatment initially will be offered in California and Oklahoma.

    The American Legion Department of New York has been advocating HBOT as an alternative treatment for post traumatic stress and minor traumatic brain injury.

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  • Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Bronx Groups Honor Legionnaires

    Several Bronx Legionnaires received recognition from community groups in November.

    On Nov. 10, the East Bronx History Forum honored Gene DeFrancis, 2nd vice commander of Theo. Korony Post 253.

    Then on Nov. 16, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce honored Bronx County Commander Tony Salimbene and past district commander Patrick Devine, also from Post 253, at a luncheon. Devine and Salimbene are also inductees in the NY State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, Albany.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Where to Find Veterans Courts

    Information on problem-solving Veterans Courts can be found on this NY State Court System website:

  • Monday, November 13, 2017

    Legion Turns Out in Force for NYC Parade Despite Cold Temps

    Commander Rena Nessler

    Department of New York Commander Rena Nessler led the American Legion contingent in the New York City Veterans Day Parade. American Legion Photo.

    By Steve B. Brooks
    The American Legion /

    Joseph Mondello, the Bronx County American Legion Riders director and a member of Theodore Korony Post 253, rode a motorcycle in temperatures hovering in the low 30s down Fifth Avenue in New York City.

    And it was his choice – a choice that was never in doubt.

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  • Thursday, November 09, 2017

    Dept. Commander: Put Veterans First

    By Rena Nessler, commander
    Department of New York

    Putting others first.

    That’s what veterans do – whether on the battlefield or at home in a community service project at the local American Legion Post.

    However, Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a day that we put veterans first.

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  • Thursday, November 02, 2017

    Legion Needs Your Help Advocating for Medical Cannabis Research

    The National American Legion has issued this legislative action alert:

    Legion Needs Your Help. Take Action! Contact Your Members of Congress Now

    (November 2, 2017) — The opioid crisis in America is having a disproportionate impact on our veterans. According to a 2011 study of the VA System, veterans routinely contend with poorly-treated chronic pain leading to increased suicide risk. Additionally, veterans are twice as likely to succumb to accidental opioid overdoses, and traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remain leading causes of death and disability.

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