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Longtime NECman honored on Senate floor

Longtime NECman honored on Senate floor

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr pays tribute to fellow North Carolina resident Jerry Hedrick, who passed away Aug. 25 during the national convention in Charlotte.

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Legion-supported veterans jobs bill introduced in Senate

Senate measure would restore federally funded veterans job-search specialists who were cut in April.

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Hagan, Burr welcome Legion to North Carolina

Hagan, Burr welcome Legion to North Carolina

Both senators thank Legion for its service, pledge to help turnaround at Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Legionnaires briefed on VA reform law

Legionnaires briefed on VA reform law

Staff from House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees explained details of the law's impact on the VA and veterans.

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President signs VA reform bill

President signs VA reform bill

National commander joins ceremony that will provide emergency funds for veterans trying to get medical appointments.

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Commander: VA reform bill ‘an important step’

Commander: VA reform bill ‘an important step’

Congressional leaders praised for reaching agreement and passing emergency legislation to speed up and improve delivery of VA health care for veterans.

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Legion: Compromise bill ‘critical component’ for VA improvement

Legion: Compromise bill ‘critical component’ for VA improvement

Measure will seek to correct longstanding systemic problems within the department.

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'Broken promises, pain, mistreatment, delays'

'Broken promises, pain, mistreatment, delays'

More than 2,000 veterans have come to Legion crisis centers in the past six weeks; the Legion's Verna Jones shared some of their stories before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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Legion: Mental health care 'stakes could not be higher'

Legion: Mental health care 'stakes could not be higher'

Legion testifies before House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on finding a solution to the high rate of veterans suicide.

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Legion supports Veterans Choice Act

Legion supports Veterans Choice Act

Legislation would give veterans more choice and flexibility in their health-care treatment under certain conditions.

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Action center advocates for veterans

Share your views with your congressional representatives on the Legion's Legislative Action Center.

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Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

Organization shares data with Congress from February online survey of veterans with TBI/PTSD.

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Legion holds VA accountable for construction delays

Legion holds VA accountable for construction delays

Colorado veterans are still waiting for VA to complete a medical center it broke ground for in 2009.

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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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