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American Legion holds state convention in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The American Legion will hold its state convention in Wausau this week.

Nearly 2,000 Legionnaires from all 521 posts in Wisconsin will be represented at the five-day convention that starts Wednesday, said Adjutant Dave Kurtz.

The veterans affairs group will set policies and pass resolutions that chart their work hosting youth sports programs and other troop supporting activities over the next year. Each policy focuses on the Legion's four pillars that include a strong national defense, wholesome activity for children, promoting Americanism and supporting veterans affairs.

The 92-year-old organization has been “the strongest voice for veterans,” Kurtz said. Since it started, the Legion has helped pass the GI Bill of Rights and advocated for veterans suffering from Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conflict-related injuries.