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Sept. 12, 2014 - National Security report

Week ending 9/12/14 NATIONAL SECURITY

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Helm slams lack of accountability at VA in letter to president

Helm slams lack of accountability at VA in letter to president

National commander: ‘We are hearing little about pervasiveness of corruption and incompetence.'

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‘This is the way the process should be’

‘This is the way the process should be’

Veterans get help, straight answers during Honolulu Veterans Crisis Command Center.

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Legion provides help to south Texas veterans

Legion provides help to south Texas veterans

Frustration turns to satisfaction for veterans who received one-on-one help with claims assistance, benefits, appointment scheduling and more.

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The Costs of Turning Inward

The Costs of Turning Inward

The United States is at a crossroads with its space program after spending decades revering it as a source of national pride and achievement.

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‘A war to preserve our freedom’

‘A war to preserve our freedom’

Legion National Commander Mike Helms speaks at New Hampshire rededication of 9/11 memorial.

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Post service officers assisted 181,129 veterans in 2013

Post service officers assisted 181,129 veterans in 2013

The American Legion's Consolidated Post Report shows an increase in VA claims assistance, volunteerism, donations and more.

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Legion-supported veterans jobs bill introduced in Senate

Senate measure would restore federally funded veterans job-search specialists who were cut in April.

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T-shirt sells Legion membership

T-shirt sells Legion membership

Past department commander wears a Legion T-shirt and gets asked membership questions.

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Veterans have mixed feelings about south Texas VA

Veterans have mixed feelings about south Texas VA

During an American Legion town hall meeting, veterans express frustration in delays and communication gaps. But others note improvement in overall care.

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Legion's Children & Youth Conference begins Friday

Legion's Children & Youth Conference begins Friday

The eighth annual conference will be held downtown Indianapolis Sept. 19-21.

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Town hall meeting, veterans crisis center set for Oregon

Town hall meeting, veterans crisis center set for Oregon

Legion invites participation from local veterans who experienced delays in appointments and receiving benefits.

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Veterans outreach program planned for Virginia

Five American Legion posts will participate in the Loudoun County event Sept. 27 to honor and help the military community.

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Legion to Congress: VA needs to improve accuracy of disability claims

Legion to Congress: VA needs to improve accuracy of disability claims

American Legion recommends that Congress pass a bill that would require VA to provide more specific information on the status of benefits claims and appeals in its online Monday Morning Workload Report.

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2014 convention resolutions on Digital Archive

2014 convention resolutions on Digital Archive

Read the 277 resolutions that passed during the Legion's 96th national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Honolulu crisis center making a difference

Honolulu crisis center making a difference

In two days, more than 60 veterans have received help at the Legion’s Veterans Crisis Command Center.

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Commander: 'Iraq strategy flawed, but we must destroy ISIS'

National Commander: Legion always united in its support for our military, any missions that our servicemembers undertake to keep America safer.

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OCW to treat wounded warriors in Texas

OCW to treat wounded warriors in Texas

Wounded servicemembers and family members will receive a barbecue lunch and free admission to Six Flags San Antonio.

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Legion pushes for independent VA investigation

Legion pushes for independent VA investigation

American Legion believes having an independent authority investigate Phoenix VA Health Care System will lend more credibility to the findings.

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New tool helps posts set up Centennial Celebration page

New tool helps posts set up Centennial Celebration page

The step-by-step guide was presented during the national convention to help posts get started on creating a Centennial Celebration page.

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Access, outreach issues confront Hawaii veterans

Access, outreach issues confront Hawaii veterans

During a Legion town hall meeting in Honolulu, veterans air some frustrations with being able to get to VA facilities, hear about VA services in their area.

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Legion to help Texas veterans in need

Legion to help Texas veterans in need

A town hall meeting and crisis center for veterans will be held at American Legion Post 439 in La Feria.

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Veteran business owners invited to free GSA Schedules class

Experts from the industry will help VOSBs and SDVOSBs draft GSA Schedule proposals, Oct. 28-29, in the Legion's Washington office.

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Building Bridges to the Future

Building Bridges to the Future

Mike Moss is the SAL's national commander for the 2014-2015 membership year.

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VA’s ‘Road to Victory’ needs ‘concrete accomplishments’

VA’s ‘Road to Victory’ needs ‘concrete accomplishments’

American Legion national commander says the plan’s goals need a meaningful ‘measuring stick.'

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Veterans job fair headed to Austin, Texas

Veterans job fair headed to Austin, Texas

Legion Department of Texas to host free hiring event on Sept. 24 for veterans, servicemembers and spouses.

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Legion disagrees with official's analogy on in-state tuition

Legion disagrees with official's analogy on in-state tuition

The director of federal policy for American Association of State Colleges referred to in-state tuition benefits as a 'free lunch' for student veterans.

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Legion welcomes overdue change to PTSD discharge guidelines

The new guidelines will help veterans who left the military with undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Call to Fall Meeting

Call to Fall Meeting

Meeting set for Oct. 15 in Indianapolis.

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New mailing address for Department of Mexico

Old address to be retired at end of year.

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