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'Atomic troops' are eligible for benefits

'Atomic troops' are eligible for benefits

Servicemembers who participated in above-ground atomic testing and suffer from illnesses can apply for compensation

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Legion submits testimony on VA’s 2015 budget

Testimony addressed the issue of creating a joint lifetime medical record for VA and DoD.

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Legion breaks down the VA claims issue

Legion breaks down the VA claims issue

During an interview with “Fox & Friends,” D.C. Executive Director Peter Gaytan points out VA shortcomings and successes in handling benefits claims.

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Claims backlog working group issues report

Recommendations include more transparency at VA regional offices.

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Legion encouraged by 2015 VA budget proposal

Legion encouraged by 2015 VA budget proposal

If the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2015 budget is approved, it will be one of the few federal agencies in the era of sequestration to see an increase in funding.

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Legion: Senate vote on veterans bill ‘inexcusable’

National commander disappointed Senate fails to put partisanship aside on critical veterans vote.

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Legion applauds Social Security plan

Expedited claims for disabled veterans “absolutely the right thing to do,” says national commander.

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Senate joins House in restoring COLAs

Action still falls short of American Legion requests that future military retirees be protected from cuts.

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COLA vote not quite enough

COLA vote not quite enough

Commander says Legion won’t rest until all planned cuts to military retiree benefits are off the table.

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Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Floor vote protects measure to restore cost-of-living-adjustment benefits from filibuster.

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Legion: VA should keep informal claims

Legion: VA should keep informal claims

While standard forms and electronic claims help VA reduce the claims backlog, veterans should not be denied the ability to file informal claims.

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Veterans say changes still needed at Atlanta VA

Veterans say changes still needed at Atlanta VA

City’s VA medical center needs to improve communications with its patients, including a vexing phone system.

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Legion takes COLA war to senators

Legion takes COLA war to senators

Opposition to reduced military retirement benefits to be voiced in Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday.

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Legion to VA: Protect veterans personal information

Legion to VA: Protect veterans personal information

Legion calls on VA to guarantee credit monitoring for veterans affected by the eBenefits data breach.

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VA's eBenefits suffers data breach

VA's eBenefits suffers data breach

Department of Veterans Affairs will provide credit monitoring service to impacted veteran free of charge.

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VA must improve tracking of surgical implants

VA must improve tracking of surgical implants

VA’s inadequate tracking system has left expired surgical implants and other devices on its supply shelves.

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Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legislation directs DoD to begin transferring electronic medical records to VA.

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Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

The Congress-approved budget bill may be bipartisan, but both parties are leaving America’s retired veterans in the lurch.

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VA claims: A question of accuracy?

VA claims: A question of accuracy?

The substantial chasm between VA and American Legion statistics on the accuracy of claims processing came to light at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

While VA says its accuracy on benefits claims processing is about 90 percent, the Legion’s experience tells a different story.

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Armed Forces Network, Stars and Stripes may face cuts

Armed Forces Network, Stars and Stripes may face cuts

National commander says 'morale is becoming a casualty of sequestration' thanks to the latest budget talk emanating from Washington, D.C.

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National commander rips commissary proposal

National commander rips commissary proposal

Department of Defense proposes shutting down all stateside military-run grocery stores.

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VA: Time to leave the construction business?

VA: Time to leave the construction business?

The American Legion testified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be a good choice to help VA with its construction needs.

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Hearing probes conditions at Jackson VA center

Hearing probes conditions at Jackson VA center

Chronic understaffing and poor management have brought the VA medical center in Jackson, Miss., to Capitol Hill’s undivided attention

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Legion gauges health care quality in Pittsburgh

Legion gauges health care quality in Pittsburgh

Members of The American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force held a town hall meeting in Pittsburgh to discuss health care, then visited the local VA facility.

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Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

As members of Congress work on passing a bill for more VA advance appropriations, The American Legion also wants guarantees for VA mandatory funding.

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Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

The American Legion will participate in an Oct. 30 press conference on Capitol Hill calling for advance appropriations for all Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

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Legion thanks president for signing death benefits

Legion thanks president for signing death benefits

President signs into law legislation restoring death benefits for fallen servicemembers.

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Legion to Carney: Death Benefits Not a 'Gimmick'

Comments by White House press secretary characterized as 'national disgrace' by national commander.

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Options exist for veterans during shutdown

Options exist for veterans during shutdown

American Legion service officers are still offering claims assistance despite the partial government shutdown.

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