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Legion reviewing military compensation, benefits recommendations

Legion reviewing military compensation, benefits recommendations

The American Legion is currently reviewing the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's comprehensive report.

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Legion: Privatizing VA is ‘shortsighted’ concept

Legion: Privatizing VA is ‘shortsighted’ concept

Legion's Louis Celli tells House subcommitteee that outsourcing veterans’ health care would be far more costly and fail the special needs of many patients.

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Legion's testimony recommends TAP improvements

Legion's testimony recommends TAP improvements

The American Legion recommended improvements to the Transition Assistance Program during congressional testimony in support of government efforts to assist returning warriors in the transition back to civilian life.

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Legion: VA needs to keep informal claims process

Legion doesn't believe veterans who don’t file standard VA claims should be barred from their benefits.

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Legion: VA claims appeals can be ‘adjudication purgatory’

Legion: VA claims appeals can be ‘adjudication purgatory’

Legion claims specialist tells House subcommittee that veterans who appeal their benefits claims often wait years for final decisions.

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Legion: VA construction issues threaten operations nationwide

Legion: VA construction issues threaten operations nationwide

Roscoe Butler shares Legion's perspective on Department of Veterans Affairs construction issues with House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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Credentialing Crunch

Despite American Legion-led inroads, a web of state laws continues to hold up smooth military-to-civilian career transitions.

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Veterans, Legionnaires among newest members of Congress

Veterans, Legionnaires among newest members of Congress

This week Capitol Hill experienced an influx of veterans and Legionnaires after welcoming freshmen to the 114th Congress.

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House bill would ensure VA mandatory funding

House bill would ensure VA mandatory funding

The American Legion has repeatedly called upon Congress to provide advance funding for all VA programs, and to protect them from government shutdown.

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Legion: Fort Hood victims deserve Purple Hearts

Legion: Fort Hood victims deserve Purple Hearts

The servicemembers killed or wounded in the 2009 attack should be considered victims of terrorism – not workplace violence.

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Legion opposes cuts to military compensation, benefits

Legion opposes cuts to military compensation, benefits

The White House and Pentagon support military benefit cuts in an effort to curb growing costs amidst constant budget cuts.

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Legion remains firm on immigration

Legion remains firm on immigration

Though applauding some aspects of President Obama’s executive order, National Commander Helm reiterates organization’s long-standing position on the issue.

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Legion-supported House bills focus on mental health

Legion-supported House bills focus on mental health

The pending legislation would provide more resources for evaluating complementary and alternative medical treatments.

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Legion: State Approving Agencies need more authority

Legion: State Approving Agencies need more authority

Many GI Bill-eligible programs currently receive no scrutiny from the agency most familiar with those education benefits.

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Veterans Choice Card is not a free pass

Veterans Choice Card is not a free pass

Eligible veterans can now choose between VA or private health care, if wait times are too long or distance is an issue, but that choice has limits.

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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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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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