President Biden signs PACT Act
Today, Wednesday, Aug. 10, President Joe Biden signed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act into law.
The PACT Act will ensure millions of veterans exposed to noxious fumes emanating from burn pits will have access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care and benefits.
The bill is named after Army National Guard Sgt. Heath Robinson. After deploying to Kosovo and Iraq as a combat medic with the Ohio National Guard, Robinson was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder and stage 4 lung cancer. He died in May 2020, leaving behind his wife and daughter, Brielle.
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100 Miles for Hope challenge
Lisa Iskric didn’t join the third annual 100 Miles for Hope challenge until the end of June but she is making up for lost time. Iskric raised the highest donation total during the month of July, earning herself a special incentive, a commemorative shirt autographed by INDYCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
Not only did the American Legion Auxiliary member lead all participants in fundraising, she plays a vital role in her unit's and post home's efforts to raise funds for and awareness of the 100 Miles for Hope challenge. In fact, American Legion Post 420 in Steelton, Pa., just outside Harrisburg, holds an annual Finish Line Festival as part of its participation.
This year’s festival occurs after the Sept. 5 conclusion of 100 Miles for Hope. So post 420 is planning to use the festival to raise awareness of The American Legion’s Be The One campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness to reduce the number of veteran suicides.
All proceeds from 100 Miles for Hope go to the V&CF, which then funds programs that help disabled veterans receive free assistance in getting their earned VA benefits, as well as creating grants for military families who have fallen on hard times.
The final monthly challenge will reward the top fundraiser from Aug. 1 through Sept. 5. That participant will receive an autographed shirt from driver Alex Palou.
Don't delay; sign up now and compete for this incentive. At the conclusion of the challenge, the top overall fundraiser will receive the top incentive — four tickets to the INDYCAR race of their choosing during the 2023 season.
The American Legion will have an enhanced convention app for 2022
The American Legion has been using a convention app since 2011 to keep convention goers updated on schedules, events, and more. For this year’s convention, the app will be enhanced to include profiles of honorees, multimedia options, floor plans, and agendas. Information about host city Milwaukee will also be expanded.
The app will replace some of the information previously included in the convention program. That publication will now serve as a souvenir function, rather than an agenda.
The app will be available to download to your mobile device free of charge from the Apple Store or Google Play, and will be updated as convention draws closer. You can also search the stores for “The American Legion National Convention,” or access them via a legion.org/mobileapps.