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Veterans Aff airs & Rehabilitation


A New Era of VA Benefi ts Assistance T e American Legion works through a nationwide network of more than 2,500 accredited


service offi cers to ensure that veterans receive high-quality health care and VA benefi ts they earned and deserve. As U.S. troops come home from war, they look to T e American Legion to help them understand their VA benefi ts and apply for them, free of charge. T e Legion’s Veterans Aff airs & Rehabilitation (VA&R) Commission continues to mobilize its System


Worth Saving (SWS) Task Force, formed in 2003 to conduct site visits to VA medical centers and evaluate the quality of and access to health care through questionnaires and interviews with administrators and medical staff . T e fi ndings are compiled into a report with recommendations for improvement and delivered to the White House, members of Congress and senior VA leadership. T e Regional Offi ce Action Review (ROAR) program, established in 2011, assesses the accuracy and effi ciency of regional Veterans Benefi ts Administration offi ces, which process disability claims applications. ROAR reports on regional offi ces are shared with VA’s senior leadership and members of Congress. T e Legion also has staff across the country who assist with claims appeals at the Board of


Veterans Appeals, the Appeals Management Center, and the Pension and Debt Management Center; VA insurance; benefi ts delivery at discharge; and medical and physical evaluation boards.


Priorities of VA&R  Reverse VA’s backlog of unresolved claims  Improve health-care quality for female veterans  Provide better access to health care for veterans in rural areas  Protect VA’s budget from drastic cuts  Support volunteerism at VA medical centers  Enhance treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder


Contact  var@legion.org


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


4 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2012


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