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2017 Boys Nation – Day 5

Day 5 for The American Legion Boys Nation brought the election of president Darius Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., and vice-president Jayson Blackburn of Shelbyville, Tenn. Photos by Lucas Carter and Clay Lomneth / The American Legion

Date: 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – 4:00am
Nathaniel Pekas of Sioux Falls, S.D., plays the bugle as the flag is raised on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion
David Azerrad, fellow at The Heritage Foundation, speaks to The American Legion Boys Nation senators on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.
Florida Federalist Austin Barclay speaks during the 2017 Boys Nation delegates hold debates for the office of president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion.
Alabama Nationalist Darius Thomas speaks during the 2017 Boys Nation delegates hold debates for the office of president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter.
Alabama Nationalist Darius Thomas speaks during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Alabama Nationalist Darius Thomas places one of the first votes of the evening the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Alabama Nationalist Darius Thomas waits anxiously during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Oklahoma Federalist James Limbaugh  talks with other senators as they keep track of votes during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Florida Federalist Austin Barclay waits anxiously during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Alabama Federalist Nicholas Albright tracks votes during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Alabama Nationalist Darius Thomas celebrates being elected 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Tennessee Federalist Jayson Blackburn speaks during the election process for 2017 American Legion Boys Nation president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
South Carolina Nationalist Decker Paulmeier speaks during the American Legion Boys Nation vice-presidential debates on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.
Tennessee Federalist Jayson Blackburn speaks during the American Legion Boys Nation vice-presidential debates on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.
Tennessee Federalist Jayson Blackburn celebrates being elected 2017 American Legion Boys Nation vice-president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.
Kentucky Nationalist Jameson Bizzle dances following the election of Boys Nation president and vice-president on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.

Source: Legion News

Three key questions to plan for an independent life

Content provided courtesy of USAA.

Dwight Helmuth spent years renovating his historical Kansas home, but he sees a move in his future.

He recently purchased a one-story townhome in Pennsylvania to be closer to family and medical care while maintaining his independence. “It dawned on me that in the next few years, I’ll need to be someplace friendlier for my age,” he says.

People are living longer but often become less mobile as they age. The most important step you can take to live the life you’ve worked hard for: Create a long-term plan to meet that challenge. To get started, ask yourself these questions:

Can your home age with you? Consider how appropriate it will be if your mobility declines. If you don’t have resources to pay for a stair lift or elevator, for example, a move into a single-level home might make sense. If modifications are needed, seek a dependable contractor.

Will you need to relocate? Nearby family may be able to offer moderate care as you age. Also, consider moving to an area where the cost of living is lower and good medical care is available. USAA’s real estate team can help ease the stress of a move.

Do you have a reliable income source? Pensions are in decline and Social Security is unlikely to carry most of us through our golden years. You may want to consider opening an annuity, which can help guarantee a reliable income stream.

Source: Legion News