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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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VA-leased facilities in jeopardy of closing

VA-leased facilities in jeopardy of closing

Unless Congress moves quickly, 15 of VA’s medical facilities across the country will be forced to close.

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Koutz reiterates opposition to TRICARE fee increase

Koutz reiterates opposition to TRICARE fee increase

Legion’s national commander asks Congress to ‘for once and for all, say no to TRICARE fee increases!’

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Legion: Give student veterans in-state tuition rates

Legion: Give student veterans in-state tuition rates

About 40,000 non-resident student veterans nationwide have to make up the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition with their own money.

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Legion-backed Troop Talent Act introduced

Legion-backed Troop Talent Act introduced

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announces a bill that will enhance Legion’s licensing and credentialing campaign.

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Legion-backed tuition assistance lives

Legion-backed tuition assistance lives

Legislation to maintain higher education aid to servicemembers signed into law.

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VA rule change to benefit entrepreneurs

VA rule change to benefit entrepreneurs

Removing ‘right of first refusal’ hindrance will help ease verification process for veteran-owned small businesses.

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Legion-backed Military Tuition Assistance measure passes

Legion-backed Military Tuition Assistance measure passes

Senate passes amendment calling for continued funding of Military Tuition Assistance through fiscal 2013.

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Partnership needed to beat the claims backlog

Partnership needed to beat the claims backlog

VA is counting on The American Legion and other VSOs to help reduce its backlog of disability claims.

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Patient wait times still too long at VA

Patient wait times still too long at VA

Veterans are still enduring unreasonable wait times in gaining access to VA health care.

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Legion reacts to allegations by VA whistleblower

Legion reacts to allegations by VA whistleblower

National commander calls for 'thorough investigation' into accusations that Department of Veterans Affairs suppressed evidence of links between Gulf War Illness, environmental hazards to which servicemembers were exposed.

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Coffman: VA Gulf War Illness treatment ‘embarrassing'

Coffman: VA Gulf War Illness treatment ‘embarrassing'

Hearing reveals that Department of Veterans Affairs – as it did with Agent Orange-related illnesses – is taking its time in recognizing that Gulf War Illness is a real disease that needs a cure.

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Proposed “SKILLS Act” raises Legion concern

Proposed  “SKILLS Act” raises Legion concern

Act would eliminate Legion-supported outreach and employment programs now overseen by the Department of Labor.

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Top brass detail sequestration’s impact on vets

Top brass detail sequestration’s impact on vets

Greatest effect may be on veterans working in defense jobs.

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The dilemma of electronic health records

The dilemma of electronic health records

Legion challenges VA and DoD on decision to cancel development of the Integrated Electronic Health Record system.

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Duckworth rallies Legionnaires in Washington

Duckworth rallies Legionnaires in Washington

Army combat veteran and congressional representative calls The American Legion “'an amazing organization.'

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Miller focuses on backlog, mental health

Miller focuses on backlog, mental health

Chairman of House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs says party politics can’t stand in way of VA’s top priorities: the backlog and mental health.

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Sanders to Legion: We want your help

Sanders to Legion: We want your help

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs chairman tells Washington Conference attendees that VSOs play a critical role in his committee's work.

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Know before you go

Know before you go

Legionnaires briefed on key issues before heading to Capitol Hill today.

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Blunt words from Cotton

Blunt words from Cotton

Republican representative from Arkansas criticizes Obama, Hagel during speech at Washington Conference.

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Legionella breaks out in Pittsburgh

Legionella breaks out in Pittsburgh

The lethal pathogen that took the lives of 34 Legionnaires in 1976 has claimed another five lives at a VA hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Senate introduces Stolen Valor Act of 2013

Senate introduces Stolen Valor Act of 2013

The U.S. Senate bill replicates House version; Legion examines legislation against Resolution No. 283.

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Homeless veterans tax bill introduced

Homeless veterans tax bill introduced

American Legion-favored legislation would allow taxpayers to contribute tax refunds to a homeless veterans assistance fund.

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