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Veterans Aff airs & Rehabilitation


T e Legion’s Firsthand Relationship with VA T e American Legion is the nation’s leading advocate for proper health care, economic


opportunity and legal benefi ts for U.S. military veterans and qualifi ed family members. Among the marquee programs under the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission is the System Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force, which conducts site visits and interviews at VA health-care facilities across the nation to learn fi rsthand the issues faced by veterans, their families, health- care providers and facility administrators. T e information is compiled into an annual report for Congress, VA and the White House. Following on the success of System Worth Saving, the Legion established a Regional Offi ce Action Review (ROAR) program in 2011 to assess performance in claims processing, to help reverse the backlog of undecided claims. To help veterans get the care and benefi ts they have earned, the Legion also supports a


network of nearly 2,000 accredited service offi cers, offi cially recognized by VA to represent and assist veterans and their dependents or survivors, free of charge. T e Legion also staffs offi ces in Washington to provide free representation before the Board of Veterans Appeals for veterans whose claims have been denied at the regional-offi ce level.


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High Priorities in Veterans Aff airs & Rehabilitation  Reversing VA’s backlog of undecided claims  Improving the quality of health care for female veterans  Enhanced treatment for veterans suff ering from TBI/PTS  Elimination of priority groups within the VA system  Better access to health care for veterans in rural areas  Volunteering in VA facilities (VETS program)  Adequate federal funding for VA health care


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Contact  var@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/systemworthsavingwww.legion.org/veteransbenefi ts  www.legion.org/departmentoffi cers


4 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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