The American Legion expects to draw thousands of veterans to Baltimore this week for its national convention, where officials plan to show what the organization can offer the newest generation of potential members: the veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Michael Hjelmstad, a Marine veteran and American Legion member in Hollywood, Calif., who will be traveling to Baltimore, said the organization is trying to move away from the image of bars haunted by "old veterans telling stories." (Even though he says his own post has an "amazing" Art Deco bar.)
The gathering at the Baltimore Convention Center is the American Legion's 97th annual convention,...
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey address proposed budget cuts to the Pentagon.