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Legislative


Relief for Caregivers among Successes on Capitol Hill


T e Legislative Commission of T e American Legion works to promote the resolutions and positions of the organization before Congress, the White House, federal agencies and other government entities. T e Legion’s legislative portfolio covers a broad spectrum of issues focused mainly on the Four Pillars: Americanism, Veterans, Youth and Defense. T e American Legion Legislative Council serves as a grass-roots effort with each member of Congress, to educate and influence their decisions on behalf of the Legion’s legislative portfolio. Among the Legion’s recent successes is the passage of the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus


Health Services Act of 2010, which President Obama signed into law in May 2011, extending VA services for caregivers of veterans from all war eras. Benefi ts include stipends, mental health services, respite care, health-care coverage and training, as well as improvements in services for female veterans, bet er mental health care, and increased funding to reduce veteran homelessness. T e Legion also testifi ed before Congress to protect the paychecks of servicemembers in the event of a federal-government shutdown, to seek removal of the disabled veterans tax, and to improve GI Bill education benefi ts.


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Victories, Ongoing Eff orts in Washington  Passage of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010


 State veterans’ homes now able to furnish nursing-home care to parents of those who died while serving in the armed forces


 Passage of the Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service Act  Adequate appropriations for VA, homeland security and national defense  Continuing eff orts to bring an end to the disabled-veterans tax


 Successfully pushed for change in White House policy, to extend presidential condolence letters for all military personnel who die in a combat theater


 Prevent passage of any illegal-immigration amnesty legislation ––––––––––––


Contact:  leg@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/legislative


6 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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