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Boehner, others tout Legion-backed VA accountability bill

Boehner, others tout Legion-backed VA accountability bill

Legion's Legislative director among those at press conference promoting House, Senate bills to increase accountability at Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Legion: ‘Shall’ is better word for two VA claims bills

Legion: ‘Shall’ is better word for two VA claims bills

The American Legion wants to strengthen provisions of two pending House bills with the change of a single word.

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VA admits poor hospital construction planning

VA admits poor hospital construction planning

VA says it sees no need for independent oversight of its medical center construction; The American Legion disagrees.

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Legion appeals for extending vet training program

Legion appeals for extending vet training program

Retraining program for older veterans set to expire March 31. Legion appeals for extension.

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Dellinger: Time is now to share concerns with Congress

Dellinger: Time is now to share concerns with Congress

National commander calls on Legionnaires to speak out on behalf of nation's veterans, military during visits on Capitol Hill this week.

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Claims backlog working group issues report

Recommendations include more transparency at VA regional offices.

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The Legion on Capitol Hill

The Legion on Capitol Hill

Three-hour snapshot of The American Legion’s legislative work in Washington shows that the shortest distance to success is rarely a straight line.

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Legion: Senate vote on veterans bill ‘inexcusable’

National commander disappointed Senate fails to put partisanship aside on critical veterans vote.

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Congress questions Petzel on VA accountability

Congress questions Petzel on VA accountability

VA’s under secretary for health, Robert Petzel, defended the department’s track record in responding to Congress on accountability issues.

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Senate hearing spotlights male MST victims

Senate hearing spotlights male MST victims

Deficiencies and progress in handling of military sexual trauma cases aired in Senate subcommittee hearing.

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Legion’s fight for American-made flags heard

Legion’s fight for American-made flags heard

New law requires Department of Defense to purchase “100 percent made in America” flags.

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Commander: Keep Senate bill focused on vets

Commander: Keep Senate bill focused on vets

American Legion leader says no other issues need to be attached to legislation to improve health care, education, employment and benefits for those who served our nation.

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Legion: VA must have advance appropriations

Legion: VA must have advance appropriations

Pending legislation in Congress would guarantee funding in advance for all VA programs, protecting them from future government shutdowns.

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Chronology of a COLA War

The American Legion’s battle to protect benefits for military retirees and all veterans.

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Miller faults VBA ‘retaliatory’ tactics vs. Legion

Miller faults VBA ‘retaliatory’ tactics vs. Legion

House Veterans Affairs chairman lodges complaint in letter to VA Secretary Shinseki.

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Senate joins House in restoring COLAs

Action still falls short of American Legion requests that future military retirees be protected from cuts.

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COLA vote not quite enough

COLA vote not quite enough

Commander says Legion won’t rest until all planned cuts to military retiree benefits are off the table.

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Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Floor vote protects measure to restore cost-of-living-adjustment benefits from filibuster.

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Legion: VA should keep informal claims

Legion: VA should keep informal claims

While standard forms and electronic claims help VA reduce the claims backlog, veterans should not be denied the ability to file informal claims.

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Legion lends support to huge vet benefits bill

Legion lends support to huge vet benefits bill

Legion voices backing of massive Senate bill that would expand VA medical treatment and services, bolster veteran employment and educational opportunities.

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Legion backed in-state tuition bill passes House

Legion backed in-state tuition bill passes House

If enacted, proposed law would grant in-state tuition eligibility to GI Bill student veterans.

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Praise for the Legion in veteran hiring programs

Praise for the Legion in veteran hiring programs

House Committee on Veterans Affairs hears of private industries' best practices in hiring veterans.

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Consensus among committee: COLA cuts were wrong

Consensus among committee: COLA cuts were wrong

Senate Armed Services Committee members agree that COLA cuts to military retirees need to be revoked; DoD urges patience, grandfathering those immediately impacted.

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Legion battles Congress in COLA wars

Legion battles Congress in COLA wars

The American Legion is pushing Congress daily to repeal cost-of-living cuts made to military pensions.

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Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legislation directs DoD to begin transferring electronic medical records to VA.

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Take action against cuts to military pensions

Take action against cuts to military pensions

National Commander calls on Legionnaires to contact their elected officials and ask them to vote against the $6.3 billion benefits cut.

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Legion-backed vets job measures pass Senate

Legion-backed vets job measures pass Senate

Provisions of the Legion-supported Troop Talent Act included in newly okayed defense budget.

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Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

The Congress-approved budget bill may be bipartisan, but both parties are leaving America’s retired veterans in the lurch.

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Legion to Senate: Leave military COLA benefits alone

The American Legion wants the U.S. Senate to cancel a provision in the budget bill that would reduce cost-of-living benefits for military retirees.

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Senate on verge of approving COLA reductions

Senate on verge of approving COLA reductions

The Senate has advanced a two-year budget deal that would reduce cost-of-living benefits for more than 900,000 military retirees, including those who are medically retired.

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