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Legionnaires heading to Washington

Legionnaires heading to Washington

The American Legion’s legislative priorities will be highlighted during its 54th annual Washington Conference that kicks off March 23 and ends March 26 when American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger testifies before the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs..

Legionnaires from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to discuss a variety of pressing issues, including:

  • Protecting the Armed Forces against further budget cuts from sequestration.
  • Opposing increases in TRICARE fees, including prescription drug fees.
  • Ensuring the stability of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • Reducing the VA claims backlog and modernizing the claims processing system.
  • Increasing employment opportunities for veterans in the private sector.
  • Ending homelessness among veterans and their families by the end of 2015.
  • Securing in-state college tuition rates for student veterans from out-of-state.

American Legion department commanders will meet with National Commander Dellinger on March 23 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Several of the Legion’s commissions and committees will meet the next day, followed by the "Commander’s Call" legislative briefing on March 25. Confirmed speakers for that event include Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Washington Conference also includes a two-day Business Development Workshop on March 25-26.

Several pre-conference events are also planned at the Washington Hilton, beginning with a March 20 Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair that will feature vendors such as USAA, Lockheed Martin, The Home Depot, the Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Intelsat and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Also on March 20, The American Legion will conduct an Employment Workshop and a VA claims processing event to help veterans in filing their benefits claims.

On March 22-23, The American Legion will host a For HEROES (Her Entrepreneurship – Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support) Women’s Entrepreneurship Course. The two-day intensive entrepreneurship course was created by the Legion in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse (N.Y.) University. After completing the free course, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan and launch their enterprise.

Women veterans interested in attending the For HEROES Women’s Entrepreneurship Course can register online here or register by contacting Jasmine Davis at (202) 263-5771 or jdavis@legion.org.

 

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David L. Smith

March 18, 2014 - 2:06pm

Most of the obfuscation and delay in VA claims processing is deliberate and caused by people, and their descendants, of those who vilified the vets returning from the Vietnam War.

Charles Croft

March 14, 2014 - 5:45pm

when is VA going to stop taking our VA Disability money out of Our Retirement check it is like the Retires are not geting anything for Our Disability because what VA gives Us is deducted from Our Military Retirement Check

LOU GIANNETTI

March 14, 2014 - 1:12pm

STOP SUPPORTING MORE FUNDS FOR THE ARMED FORCES AND SPEND FOR PEACE. THEN KICK OUT THE SENATORS THAT FILIBUSTERED THE VETERANS SUPPLIMENTAL BILL THAT WOULD FUND IN HOME CARE FOR DISABLED VETS. THIS WOULD SAVE MONEY AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVE THE DISABLED AT HOME RATHER THAN IN A VA HOSPITAL.

monte wall

March 14, 2014 - 7:47am

still waiting on apeal case , backlog does not seem to be moving much on disability claims . been almost 2 years since firtst applied for disability claim on my knee. I think va is dragging their feet in my area.

Charles Croft

March 14, 2014 - 5:40pm

I applyed for disability on both My knees in 1986 and it just got approved feb. 7 2014

Bob Arment

March 14, 2014 - 7:32am

This e=mail is the 1st I've seen about this conference. I have some questions: Is the conference open to all members? Are there specific events (for instance a Lobbying Day on the Hill) in which Members may participate? If the answers are yes, please supply the specific logistics and costs. Thank You.

Bob Philbrook

March 13, 2014 - 10:04pm

Robert Mook Sr. does not tell us how we will pay for Federal government operations -- like the VA, DoD, Agriculture, Social Security, and all the others -- without taxes that the IRS collects. It is one thing to spout such ideas but reality tells me statements like this are based more on confused thinking and not reality.

Bob Philbrook

March 13, 2014 - 10:01pm

Peter Gaytan, our American Legion Staff advocate in Washington, DC is just the kind of person we want representing Veterans. Look at the video on Peter's interview on Fox and I am sure you will agree. The guy has the facts, clearly states them, and speaks with authority. Way to go Legion!

Dale Shallberg

March 13, 2014 - 8:30pm

I have been wanting to do this for years and I say what are we waiting for?

Robert Mook Sr

March 13, 2014 - 5:01pm

Do away with IRS as it is illegal. Never put to congress, never ratified by the states. We don't get any of the money anyway it goes to a foreign bank to make the board of governor's richer.elimate the IRS & our country will flourish. TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM THE CROOKS

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