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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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Legion considers enhanced Stolen Valor Act

Legion considers enhanced Stolen Valor Act

Proposed Act follows Legion resolution to outlaw lying for financial gain.

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Veterans cemetery to be restored, maintained

Veterans cemetery to be restored, maintained

President Obama has signed into law legislation authorizing restoration of the Clark Veterans Cemetery in the Philippines, as favored by a Legion resolution.

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President signs student veteran protection act

President signs student veteran protection act

Legion-backed measure will help student veterans make more informed choices about higher learning.

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Cost-of-living benefits threatened

Cost-of-living benefits threatened

The American Legion and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont oppose the idea of linking cost-of-living allowance increases with the chained-Consumer Price Index.

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Sanders opposes cost-of-living reductions

Sanders opposes cost-of-living reductions

Vermont senator says the Chained Consumer Price Index shouldn’t determine VA’s cost-of-living allowance for disability compensation and pensions.

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VA’s paper chase

VA’s paper chase

Going paperless is a “glimmer of hope” for reducing the claims backlog.

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Legion to Congress: Leave TRICARE alone

Legion to Congress: Leave TRICARE alone

Congress is on the verge of increasing TRICARE costs for America’s servicemembers and military retirees.

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House leadership set for 113th Congress

House leadership set for 113th Congress

Boehner to serve as House speaker again; Pelosi Democratic leader.

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Legion influence seen in House hearing

Legion influence seen in House hearing

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviews veterans’ employment challenges and initiatives.

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National Commander congratulates Obama

National Commander congratulates Obama

The American Legion promises to work with the president to strengthen VA health-care programs and reduce the disability claims backlog.

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No debate over Legion credentialing campaign

No debate over Legion credentialing campaign

Presidential contenders see eye-to-eye on credentialing and licensing issue.

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Legion paves civilian roads for military truckers

Legion paves civilian roads for military truckers

Legion campaign to win jobs for military truckers gets boost with new law.

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A healthy exchange of information

A healthy exchange of information

House, Senate committee members engage Legion in lengthy discussion of variety of issues following national commander's testimony.

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The need to work together

The need to work together

American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz calls on Congress to work more closely with VA to reduce backlog.

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Laying out the issues

Laying out the issues

Legionnaires briefed on legislative priorities before Oct. 3 visit to Capitol Hill.

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Koutz to appear before Congress Oct. 3

Koutz to appear before Congress Oct. 3

National commander will voice Legion’s priorities before joint session of House, Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Passage of bill opens jobs for veterans

Passage of bill opens jobs for veterans

House of Representatives passes Legion backed bill to ease restriction on civilian licensing of military truck drivers.

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Strike force teams target VA backlog

Strike force teams target VA backlog

Texas has launched a new program to help reduce VA’s disability claims backlog.  

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Sequestration is ‘very bad policy’

Sequestration is ‘very bad policy’

House Armed Services Committee is warned by DoD on the bad effects sequestration will have on America's military.

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New transition program shows promise

New transition program shows promise

More emphasis on “soft skills” needed in new transition assistance program, says Legion.

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Fee-basis: Putting the patient first

Fee-basis: Putting the patient first

VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care progam is improving its fee-basis program, but Legion says more needs to be done.

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Senators OK mortgage protection measures

Senators OK mortgage protection measures

A Legion-favored package of protections for military families buying or renting homes has been passed by the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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Commander applauds new Stolen Valor Act

Commander applauds new Stolen Valor Act

House overwhelmingly passes measure designed to hold up in Supreme Court; bill focuses on fraud aspect of lying about military service.

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