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Military sexual trauma needs closer look

Military sexual trauma needs closer look

Legion written testimony for two House subcommittees offers that VA, DoD ‘are lagging' in efforts to address the issue.

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Senate hears Legion testimony on 6 bills

Senate hears Legion testimony on 6 bills

The American Legion testified in Congress on May 19 on several pieces of pending legislation that would affect veterans if signed into law.

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VA meets on disability compensation

VA meets on disability compensation

On May 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation received an update on Compensation and Pension activities.

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Covering a lot of ground with VA

Covering a lot of ground with VA

New presumptive Agent Orange conditions, PTSD stressors among the issues discussed during recent VSO forum.

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Legion volunteers make a difference at VA

Legion volunteers make a difference at VA

Practicing what they preach - helping to make a real difference in veterans' lives - Legionnaires logged nearly one million hours volunteering at VA facilities in 2009.

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Legion, VA discuss NCA's goals, priorities

Legion, VA discuss NCA's goals, priorities

Legion Assistant Director Jacob Gadd meets with Steve Muro, acting under secretary for Memorial Affairs, to discuss National Cemetery Administration.

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After Legion testimony, VBA plans changes

After Legion testimony, VBA plans changes

Four days after Legion testimony about VA's work-credit system for processing disability claims, the Veterans Benefits Administration announced it will take steps to improve its claims staff's work.

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Legion: Work-credit system not working

Legion: Work-credit system not working

Legion deputy director: VA must use ‘quality component' to reduce claims backlog.

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Obama signs veteran caregiver relief act

Obama signs veteran caregiver relief act

Legion praises the legislation, but National Commander Clarence Hill urges lawmakers to ‘not forget' veterans of previous eras.

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Blue Water veterans study in the works

Blue Water veterans study in the works

Institute of Medicine committee will compare Blue Water, Brown Water Vietnam veterans' exposure to herbicides.

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Taking the training to Puerto Rico

Taking the training to Puerto Rico

Legion staffers conduct week-long tutorial to service officers, providing a fundamental understanding of the claims process and tips to getting benefits for veterans.

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A process long overdue

A process long overdue

Legion representative: VA must continue health studies on Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

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SGLI premiums to be reduced

SGLI premiums to be reduced

Family monthly premium rates will be reduced for all age groups by an average of 8 percent.

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Problems with VBA's fiduciary program

Problems with VBA's fiduciary program

Legion representative says work-credit system can be blamed for slow processing of financial-assistance applications.

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Sexual assault prevention discussed

Sexual assault prevention discussed

DoD office currently developing a Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database that it expects to be fully operational in one year.

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Legion featured in National Journal video

Legion featured in National Journal video

VA&R assistant director Ian de Planque interviewed about the Department of Veterans Affairs' claims backlog.

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VA claims backlog scrutinized

Legion representatives, other VSOs meet with Department of Veterans Affairs staffers to discuss potential solutions to the problem.

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Claims improvement strategies explored

Legion attends VSO update on VA's claims business transition lab.

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VA issues warning about phone scam

VA issues warning about phone scam

Agency is warning veterans to not give out their credit card numbers, other personal, financial information over the phone.

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VA's health IT improves quality of care

VA's health IT improves quality of care

VA has shown that health information technology provides improved quality of health care and substantial cost savings, according to a study in the public health journal "Health Affairs."

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Legion's appeals unit making a difference

Legion's appeals unit making a difference

In the first six months of fiscal 2010, more than 68 percent of the appeals taken before the Board of Veterans' Appeals were either allowed or sent back to the local office.

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Legion weighs in on women veterans issues

Legion weighs in on women veterans issues

Assistant director for health policy attends VA's Advisory Committee for Women Veterans meeting.

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Legion testifies on various health bills

Legion testifies on various health bills

Breast cancer research,mental-health counseling among issues addressed by assistant director of health policy.

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A silver lining in New Orleans

A silver lining in New Orleans

Massive VA medical center project promises to trigger an all-new post-Katrina economy and set a 21st century standard of care for Gulf Coast veterans.

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Agent Orange: Answering the questions

Agent Orange: Answering the questions

A quick look at several of the issues involving the Department of Veterans Affairs' policy on Agent Orange.

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Legion pleased with Gulf War draft report

Legion pleased with Gulf War draft report

Commander Hill: Draft 'will certainly help to assure our Gulf War veterans that they have not been forgotten.'

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VA releases draft Gulf War Task Force report

VA releases draft Gulf War Task Force report

The draft written report identifies seven areas where VA will improve service for Gulf War veterans.

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Looking to VA's facilities future

Major, minor and non-recurring maintenance, leases among the issues discussed during briefing.

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VA study to target women Vietnam veterans

VA study to target women Vietnam veterans

The study, which begins in November, will contact approximately 10,000 women and gather information from mail surveys, phone interviews and medical records.

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Health-care reform questions answered

Health-care reform questions answered

Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion's Washington office, touches on how health-care reform will impact on VA, DoD services.

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