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Legion opposed to cutting COLA for retirees/veterans

National Commander Dellinger: Men, women who served country well deserve to be treated in like fashion once they hang up uniforms.

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Fed auctions bad for vet business, says Legion

Fed auctions bad for vet business, says Legion

Government ‘reverse auction’ procurement practice criticized by Legion.

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VA claims: A question of accuracy?

VA claims: A question of accuracy?

The substantial chasm between VA and American Legion statistics on the accuracy of claims processing came to light at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

While VA says its accuracy on benefits claims processing is about 90 percent, the Legion’s experience tells a different story.

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Legion backs move to fix GI Bill problem

Legion backs move to fix GI Bill problem

Bill would include foster children and wards under GI Bill umbrella.

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Legion credentialing efforts reach every state

Legion credentialing efforts reach every state

Thanks to Legion and its partners, all states will waive skills tests in commercial drivers license tests for veterans.

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Kerry urges Disabilities Treaty ratification

Kerry urges Disabilities Treaty ratification

Secretary of State assures Senate that ratifying the international treaty would have no impact on America’s sovereignty or its disability laws.

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Legion to Senate: Ratify disabilities treaty

Legion to Senate: Ratify disabilities treaty

National Commander Dellinger sends letter urging swift action to improve accessibility worldwide, up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

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Senate bill would expand VA eligibility

Senate bill would expand VA eligibility

Pending Senate measures that are Legion-backed include one to expand eligibility for VA health care.

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Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

As members of Congress work on passing a bill for more VA advance appropriations, The American Legion also wants guarantees for VA mandatory funding.

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Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

The American Legion will participate in an Oct. 30 press conference on Capitol Hill calling for advance appropriations for all Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

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A true friend of veterans

A true friend of veterans

National Commander Dellinger remembers Ike Skelton, who passed away Oct. 28.

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Legion hosts military pay and benefits summit

Legion hosts military pay and benefits summit

Military and veterans service organizations gather to discuss common legislative priorities.

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VA accused of bad pain-management practices

VA accused of bad pain-management practices

VA medical malpractice and over-reliance on drugs alleged in congressional hearing.

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Shinseki: Shutdown ‘directly threatens’ vets

Shinseki: Shutdown ‘directly threatens’ vets

The VA secretary explained the dire effects on America’s veterans if the government shutdown continues.

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House passes measure to protect VA benefits

House passes measure to protect VA benefits

The U.S. House has adopted a resolution that would continue funding of VA benefit payments despite a budget default.

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VA official evades questions from Congress

VA official evades questions from Congress

Joan Mooney didn’t have an answer for why VA has not responded to requested information.

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Are fully developed claims helping veterans?

Are fully developed claims helping veterans?

Congress checked in with The American Legion and other VSOs to see how VA’s fully developed claims program is coming along.

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Sanders chairs testimony session; defends VA

Sanders chairs testimony session; defends VA

Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee says VA doing ‘good job’ despite criticism.

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Commander Dellinger testifies on Capitol Hill

Commander Dellinger testifies on Capitol Hill

Topics covered included VA outreach to veterans, helping veterans find jobs, reducing the claims backlog, avoiding TRICARE hikes, and results of the Legion’s research into treatments for TBI and PTSD.

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Legionnaires the ‘local face’ in D.C.

Legionnaires the ‘local face’ in D.C.

On eve of national commander’s testimony before House, Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, dozens of Legionnaires prepped for visit to Capitol Hill.

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Legion to testify on Capitol Hill

Legion to testify on Capitol Hill

National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger will lay out Legion’s legislative priorities before a joint House-Senate committee hearing.

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Resolutions approved in wake of IRS audits

Resolutions approved in wake of IRS audits

National convention delegates approve three resolutions following IRS field investigations into Legion posts chartered under 501(c)(19) status.

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Legion on Syria: Proceed with caution

Legion on Syria: Proceed with caution

National Commander Dellinger: ‘American national interests should be clearly identified and defined before military action is taken.’

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'What keeps me up at night'

'What keeps me up at night'

Heritage Foundation national security expert warns of "fourth hollow force" since World War II.

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President to sign FOR VETS bill

President to sign FOR VETS bill

Legion will now be able to access federal surplus goods to educate, train and improve the quality of life for veterans.

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Legion testifies on treating military sexual trauma

Legion testifies on treating military sexual trauma

VA needs to create more inpatient programs for women veterans suffering from the effects of military sexual trauma and reconsider the co-ed approach.

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VA balks on more advance funding

VA balks on more advance funding

Despite many benefits derived from advance appropriations, VA seems unwilling to receive more.

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VA, DoD receive electronic health record deadline

VA, DoD receive electronic health record deadline

House amendment directs DoD and VA to complete work on an Integrated Electronic Health Record by Oct. 1, 2016.

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FOR VETS bill passes House

FOR VETS bill passes House

Measure that would allow donation of federal surplus property to VSOs awaits Senate approval.

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