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.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a solicitation Oct. 21 for temporary contractor support to assist in processing the increased volume of education claims received since implementing the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.
“A good temporary solution” is how American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill characterized VA’s decision to employ an outside contractor to assist in processing the large volume of GI Bill claims.
Identical versions of the flag amendment rest in committee in both chambers of Congress. Legionnaires are encouraged to contact their senators and representatives and ask them to support the amendment.
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.