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Healing Waters

Fly-fishing therapy saves self-esteem, marriages of wounded warriors.

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Making a difference in many ways

Making a difference in many ways

DSO school covers legislation, disability evaluations, claims appeals and advocacy training.

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DSO school kicks off Tuesday

DSO school kicks off Tuesday

Four-day training session includes new focus on women veterans issues.

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Petzel sworn in as VA's health under secretary

Petzel sworn in as VA's health under secretary

Longtime VA employee brings decades of service in health-care industry to position.

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PTSD claims will be streamlined

PTSD claims will be streamlined

Veterans will soon find the process to get a service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder a little easier.

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'Quality over quantity'

'Quality over quantity'

The American Legion says the Department of Veterans Affairs' claims backlog can be reduced by simply altering the way VA processes those claims.

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Disability claims, homelessness top VA list

Disability claims, homelessness top VA list

The administration’s budget was rolled out this week, which features three prominent issues that The American Legion has worked diligently on to keep high on the national agenda.

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Legion takes part in VSO roundtable

Legion takes part in VSO roundtable

Quality of health care for veterans living in rural areas the topic of forum organized by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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Legion helps homeless vets at stand down

Legion helps homeless vets at stand down

Several members of The American Legion's national staff joined VA Secretary Eric Shinseki at the Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down on Jan. 23.

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Legion to Congress: 'Fix the backlog!'

Legion to Congress: 'Fix the backlog!'

At roundtable discussion, VSOs urge Congress to reduce the VA disability claims backlog.

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Legion launches benefits calculator

Legion launches benefits calculator

The American Legion has launched a new online tool that guides veterans through the often-complicated claims process.

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More recovery coordinators for veterans

More recovery coordinators for veterans

VA has announced the hiring of five federal recovery coordinators, bringing to 20 the number of professionals coordinating care for seriously injured troops.

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Prescription copayment increase delayed

Prescription copayment increase delayed

A scheduled Department of Veterans Affairs $1 increase in veterans' prescription copayments will be delayed until June 30.

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VA, Legion working together to investigate billing claims

VA, Legion working together to investigate billing claims

The American Legion recently reached out to VA's Chief Business Office in an effort to investigate and correct any cases of improper billing.

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VA releases hospital 'report card'

VA releases hospital 'report card'

Report notes that while VA's quality of care is outstanding, there is still work to be done in some areas.

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VA to survey veterans' households

VA to survey veterans' households

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its national survey to raise awareness of VA benefits.

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VA consolidates Cleveland health-care facilities

VA consolidates Cleveland health-care facilities

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki cites improved access for veterans.

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VA: Military suicide rate 'unacceptable'

VA: Military suicide rate 'unacceptable'

The Department of Veterans Affairs has programs in place to reduce an alarming suicide rate among veterans.

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'I'm here to help'

'I'm here to help'

Legionnaire making a difference.

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Legion praises passage of caregiver bill

Legion praises passage of caregiver bill

Commander Hill applauds the Senate for overwhelming support of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009.

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Dunne steps down as VA under secretary

Dunne steps down as VA under secretary

Patrick Dunne, VA's Under Secretary for Benefits, has announced his resignation for early next year. Dunne, who attained the rank of rear admiral while in the U.S. Navy, has been with VA since 2006.

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Three more diseases linked to Agent Orange

In early November, the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged three more diseases as linked to Agent Orange exposure.

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Legion attends 'Time Out For Veteran's Health'

The American Legion's Washington office staff participated on Nov. 9 in "Time Out For Veteran's Health" - a free health concerns event for veterans conducted at FedExField.

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Hill discusses vet issues at Pentagon breakfast

Hill discusses vet issues at Pentagon breakfast

An easy transition from service to civilian life was among the topics discussed by a DoD official and Clarence Hill during a breakfast at the Pentagon this morning.

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Craigslist founder joins VA innovation panel

Craig Newmark, founder of advertising Web site Craigslist, has agreed to serve on the VA blue-ribbon panel that will evaluate ideas to improve disability claims processing time and provide greater transparency for veterans.

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Legion applauds VA five-year plan

The American Legion welcomed VA’s five-year plan to eliminate homelessness among veterans; the Legion has provided expert testimony on the issue to Congress and VA for several years.

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VA puts hold on new Agent Orange claims

VA puts hold on new Agent Orange claims

VA has stayed the adjudication of new claims based on exposure to Agent Orange; it says that new regulations on presumptive medical conditions need to be finalized.

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Obama signs VA advance funding bill

 Obama signs VA advance funding bill

Landmark law provides budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs one year in advance, assuring timely delivery of funding.

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Legion cheers “landmark” VA advance appropriations measure

Legion cheers “landmark” VA advance appropriations measure

After a long campaign by The American Legion, the Senate passes a bill to provide advance funding for the VA health-care system.

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VA's error-prone billing system costs veterans

VA's error-prone billing system costs veterans

Thousands of veterans are improperly billed for their VA health care because of the agency’s inefficient and error-prone billing system, according to a congressional probe of the issue.

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