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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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News from Capitol Hill

News from Capitol Hill

A look at key pieces of legislation and hearings moving through or being conducted in Congress.

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Hill enjoys 'positive' meeting with Obama

Hill enjoys 'positive' meeting with Obama

VA budget and claims backlog, Legion troop-support programs and concurrent receipt among the issues discussed in the Oval Office.

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Using Thomas: An easy guide

Using Thomas: An easy guide

New how-to section makes it easier to navigate through Library of Congress site.

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Legion testifies to Congress on VA's budget

Legion testifies to Congress on VA's budget

Commander Hill says that advance VA appropriations are “an extremely important step forward in the budgetary process, and will go far in giving veterans the health care they deserve.”

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Obama signs Veterans' Emergency Care Act

Obama signs Veterans' Emergency Care Act

This legislation amends existing statutes to allow the VA to reimburse eligible veterans for portions of emergency treatment that are not covered by their private insurance.

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Legion voices veterans' concerns to Congress

Legion voices veterans' concerns to Congress

The American Legion has participated in two roundtable meetings with the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to discuss issues important to servicemembers, veterans and their families.

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News from Capitol Hill

News from Capitol Hill

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee approves comprehensive legislation to respond to potential environmental hazard exposures on military installations, expand efforts to reduce veteran homelessness and strengthen VA health care.

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Legion to weigh in on key issues

Legion to weigh in on key issues

At least four either Senate or House Veterans Affairs' Committee meetings will include verbal testimony from The American Legion in the next few weeks. Invitations to other hearings could come.

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Legion shares views on seamless transition

Legion shares views on seamless transition

Deputy VA&R director testifies before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the problems facing servicemembers moving into civilian life.

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Flag amendment needs co-sponsors in House, Senate

Flag amendment needs co-sponsors in House, Senate

Legionnaires are urged to contact their senators and representatives to ask them to support H.J. Res. 47, S.J. Res. 15.

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Legislative Alert: Health Care Reform

Legislative Alert: Health Care Reform

The American Legion is closely monitoring the health-care debate and how it will affect veterans and military retirees.

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Legion pleased with fiscal 2010 funding bill

Legion pleased with fiscal 2010 funding bill

Legislation includes $134.6 billion allocated toward critical VA, military programs.

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Boehner: National system could hurt VA

Boehner: National system could hurt VA

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner says medical facilities for veterans and military personnel stand to suffer if a new national health-care system becomes law.

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Pelosi speaks with Legion Magazine

Pelosi speaks with Legion Magazine

Speaker says VA offers lessons for national health-care reform

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VSOs send letter of thanks to Reid

VSOs send letter of thanks to Reid

The American Legion and 12 other VSOs signed a letter of thanks to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., expressing appreciation for his help in moving important legislation on VA health care quickly to the Senate for a floor vote.

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Legion has mixed feelings on new Defense Act

Legion has mixed feelings on new Defense Act

Although The American Legion applauded a 3.4-percent pay increase for servicemembers and an additional 30,000 troops for the U.S. Army, it expressed disappointment that Congress failed to improve certain veterans benefits.

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Maryland launches state version of legislative council

Past National Commander Clarence Bacon likes the way The American Legion’s National Legislative Council keeps Legionnaires in touch with their members of Congress so much that he broached the idea in his state of Maryland.

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Commander: Send our message home

Commander: Send our message home

The American Legion took a hefty legislative portfolio to Capitol Hill this week. National Commander Clarence Hill says it doesn’t much matter if no one sees it at home.

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Commander calls for greater focus on the needs of female veterans

Commander calls for greater focus on the needs of female veterans

American Legion National Commander delivered testimony Thursday, Sept. 10, to a joint session of congressional committees. In the testimony, he called for greater attention to the needs of women veterans.

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Rehbein to House: Protect our soldiers

Rehbein to House: Protect our soldiers

American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein has called on the House of Representatives to protect the lives of U.S. troops by immediately passing the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act.

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VA advance funding approved

VA advance funding approved

The Senate has approved its version of legislation to secure timely and predictable funding for the VA health-care system.

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House passes DoL, HHS and Education funding

On July 24, the House voted 264-153 to pass H.R. 3293, legislation to fund the departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, and Education for the coming fiscal year.

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