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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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House passes various veterans measures

On July 14, the House passed H.R. 1037, the Pilot College Work Study Programs for Veterans Act of 2009, by a vote of 422-0.

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Small business Parity bill introduced in senate

On July 21, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, introduced S. 1489, the Small Business Contracting Programs Parity Act of 2009.

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'I'm a different person now'

For 30 years, The American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy has instilled integrity and respect in Arizona youth.

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Medicare reimbursement bill introduced in House

Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., introduced legislation July 28 that would allow VA to bill Medicare for third-party reimbursements of eligible veterans for nonservice-connected medical conditions.

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Senate passes survivor benefits amendment

Aamendment repeals the offset of pay for surviving spouses who are eligible for both military and survivor benefits.

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House considers resolution to honor Korean War vets

House of Representatives is considering a resolution to honor the 6.8 million Americans who served in the Korean War by adding Korean War Armistice Day.

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Milcon, VA appropriations bill passes House

Bill would greatly increase VA funding for medical services, support and facilities, passed the House of Representatives on July 10.

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House passes four Legion-backed bills

VA medical centers throughout the nation will finally have on-time budgets if American Legion-supported legislation, passed June 23 in the U.S. House of Representatives, becomes law.

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Letters support emergency war-funding measure

The American Legion has delivered letters of appreciation to congressional leaders and President Barack Obama for their efforts to pass an emergency wartime spending bill.

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New legislation proposed for veterans

A Veterans Affairs subcommittee is moving two pieces of legislation forward: one would make it easier for veterans to get mental-health benefits, and the other would make more WW II veterans eligible for compensation payments

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Ohio congressman introduces "Veterans Missing in America Act"

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, has introduced legislation supporting an effort to identify and inter the abandoned cremated remains of military veterans.

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Vets urge Supreme Court to protect memorials

Five veterans groups conducted a news conference to spotlight the controversial Mojave Desert Memorial, the fate of which is currently at stake in Salazar v. Buono.

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