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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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Legion: VA transportation services are vital

Legion: VA transportation services are vital

The availability of dependable transportation often decides whether a veteran receives VA health care.

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Legion: Helping VA improve claims process

Legion: Helping VA improve claims process

The Legion testifies on several House measures that would improve VA’s claims process.

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VA outpatient clinics at risk

VA outpatient clinics at risk

A new budgetary scoring system may stand in the way of lease renewals.

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Legion to Congress: Pass the Troop Talent Act

Legion to Congress: Pass the Troop Talent Act

The House bill would help servicemembers and veterans get job credentials in the private sector.

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Vets privacy bill needs clarification

The Veterans Health Administration says the House measure needs to clarify the definition of “visual recording.”

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Action taken against military sexual assault

Action taken against military sexual assault

Congress passes an amendment that would establish a new, automatic review process for cases of military sexual assault.

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DoD may adopt “Vets First” program

DoD may adopt “Vets First” program

House passes Legion-backed defense budget amendment authorizing study of vet small business program by Department of Defense.

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Flag amendment introduced in Senate

Flag amendment introduced in Senate

Amendment would restore the power of Congress to protect the U.S. flag from desecration.

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Legion calls for tuition fairness for veterans

Legion calls for tuition fairness for veterans

The American Legion wants in-state tuition rates extended to all veterans.

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MSA: Senate pushes, Pentagon pushes back

MSA: Senate pushes, Pentagon pushes back

All agree that military sexual crimes must be prosecuted vigorously but clash over chain of command issue.

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Stolen Valor Act of 2013 signed into law

Stolen Valor Act of 2013 signed into law

Lying for profit about military honors and awards is now a federal crime.

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ALR, Legislative e-newsletters to debut

ALR, Legislative e-newsletters to debut

Growing Legion media now will include regular electronic updates from the Legion Riders, Legislative Commission.

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GAO issues report on government efficiency

GAO issues report on government efficiency

A need exists for much more coordination and collaboration among federal agencies.

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Flag amendment introduced in House

Flag amendment introduced in House

Legion family members urged to contact their representatives and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.J. Res. 47, the flag amendment.

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Legislators make public promise to solve backlog

Legislators make public promise to solve backlog

Senators and Congressmen stage several pre-Memorial Day events to highlight VA backlog problem.

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Legion to Senate: Pass Stolen Valor Act

Legion to Senate: Pass Stolen Valor Act

New legislation would make it a crime to profit from lies about military awards.

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Legion testifies on VA mental health care care

Legion testifies on VA mental health care care

The American Legion supports a House bill that would improve access to mental health care through non-VA providers.

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New Stolen Valor Act passes House

New Stolen Valor Act passes House

Legion backed bill would replace Supreme Court-rejected Stolen Valor Act of 2005.

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Tough military sexual assault bill introduced

Tough military sexual assault bill introduced

Military Justice Improvement Act provisions mirror Legion resolution.

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Legion helps another federal bill gain support

Legion helps another federal bill gain support

Rep. Tammy Duckworth introduces veteran support bill with Legion assistance.

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Bills introduced to help VA reduce claims backlog

Bills introduced to help VA reduce claims backlog

The 10 pieces of legislation seek to help VA reach its goal of eliminating the backlog by 2015.

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VA investigates patient suicides in Atlanta

VA investigates patient suicides in Atlanta

In the past two years, the Atlanta VA Medical Center has lost three mental-health patients to suicide.

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Should VA procurement be decentralized?

Should VA procurement be decentralized?

The American Legion believes VA should decentralize its programs such as procurement and information technology to improve its efficiency and timeliness.

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New monument in South Korea to honor U.S. troops

New monument in South Korea to honor U.S. troops

The U.N. Memorial Cemetery in South Korea will finally get a monument that honors U.S. troops who fought there.

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Senate committee reviews VA budget request

Senate committee reviews VA budget request

VA stands to receive $152.7 billion in funding for FY 2014, a 10.2 percent increase.

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