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Meet the new House, Senate

Meet the new House, Senate

The Burn Pit takes a look at the election results in some key states and offers up some insight on a few of the candidates.

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Legislative council nominations needed

Legislative council nominations needed

With changes expected in Congress following the upcoming elections, it is imperative to have a council in place by January.

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Foster: Congress looked out for veterans

Foster: Congress looked out for veterans

Congress may be receiving low approval ratings from the general voting population, but The American Legion says lawmakers have come through for veterans issues this year.

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Snyder v. Phelps case arguments heard

Snyder v. Phelps case arguments heard

Supreme Court hears arguments from Albert Snyder and Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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'A demand on my soul'

Korean War veteran finds the going tough to see chapel built at veterans cemetery.

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Legion testifies on pending legislation

Legion testifies on pending legislation

Legion official Jake Gadd attended a congressional hearing on legislation affecting homeless veterans, TBI and other service-related issues.

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Focus: National commander's testimony

Focus: National commander's testimony

Foster testifies during joint session of House, Senate Veterans' Affairs committees.

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Foster: Veterans wrote U.S. a 'blank check'

Foster: Veterans wrote U.S. a 'blank check'

National commander lays out key issues before joint session of House, Senate Veterans Affairs comittees.

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Down to the final two minutes

Down to the final two minutes

National Commander Jimmie Foster says that while time is running out in the 111th Congress, there is still plenty to accomplish.

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Focus: National commander's testimony

Focus: National commander's testimony

Foster to speak before joint session of House-Senate Veterans Affairs committees.

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VA’s 'inexperienced' workforce must improve

VA’s 'inexperienced' workforce must improve

Testifying before Congress, American Legion official Ian de Planque said VA must dramatically improve its training programs.

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Focus: Legislative agenda, Legion Day

Focus: Legislative agenda, Legion Day

Legislative Commission reviewing convention resolutions, looking ahead to Legion Day.

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Pelosi draws on Ike's vision

Pelosi draws on Ike's vision

House Speaker says infrastructure overhaul can put veterans to work and strengthen America.

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Minority Leader warns against complacency

Minority Leader warns against complacency

Boehner reminds Legionnaires that America is still a nation at war with terrorists.

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Focus: Resolutions, council reports

Focus: Resolutions, council reports

Communication the key between National Legislative Council, commission members and national staff.

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More Gulf War illnesses outreach needed

More Gulf War illnesses outreach needed

During testimony, Legion calls for VA to improve its outreach efforts to thousands of veterans dealing with Gulf War effects.

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Legion: More VA specialty staff needed

Legion: More VA specialty staff needed

The American Legion wants VA to recruit more staffers for its polytrauma centers.

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Legion testifies on health-care bills

Legion testifies on health-care bills

Severely Injured Veterans Benefit Improvement Act of 2009, Fair Access to Veterans Benefits Act among legislation covered.

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Agent Orange claims must not be delayed

Agent Orange claims must not be delayed

The American Legion is calling upon Congress and VA to move quickly in granting benefit claims for three diseases linked to Agent Orange.

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Amicus briefs filed in Snyder-Phelps case

Amicus briefs filed in Snyder-Phelps case

Father of slain Marine whose funeral was protested by Westboro Baptist Church has taken his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Offering up informed advice

Offering up informed advice

American Legion testifies before House Subcommittee on Health on proposed health-care legislation.

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Hill: Call Congress now on DADT

Hill: Call Congress now on DADT

National commander urges members to join Pentagon chiefs and demand Congress not pre-empt Don't Ask Don't Tell study.

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Sending a message to our servicemembers

Sending a message to our servicemembers

Rep. Ike Skelton comes out strongly in favor of H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010.

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Obama expected to sign VA caregiver bill

Obama expected to sign VA caregiver bill

Female veterans, rural patients and caregiver families are pinpointed for relief in legislation guided by the Legion's priority list.

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Bill aims to expand VA care for under-served

Bill aims to expand VA care for under-served

Female veterans, rural patients and caregiver families are pinpointed for relief in legislation guided by the Legion's priority list.

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News from Capitol Hill

News from Capitol Hill

Senate passes legislation stating TRICARE meets minimum essential coverage standard for individual health insurance required by the recently enacted health-care reform law.

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Honoring the GI Bill's author

Honoring the GI Bill's author

Legislation introduced that would recognize Past National Commander Harry Colmery for his contributions to the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944.

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Expanded TRICARE bill introduced

Expanded TRICARE bill introduced

Authored by Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., the legislation increases the maximum age of dependent children to 26.

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Asking for the best for our troops

Asking for the best for our troops

Legion reps testify before House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

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The Legion on Capitol Hill

The Legion on Capitol Hill

Legion representative meets with congressional legislative assistants to discuss various facets of VA claims process.

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