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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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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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