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Healthy in an unhealthy market

Healthy in an unhealthy market

While America has been suffering through an unprecedented crisis in housing loan defaults, the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program has remained in good shape.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Claims improvement strategies explored

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

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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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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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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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VSOs gather to discuss various issues

VA's claims backlog, the 2012 budget and the GI Bill among the issues discussed.

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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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Study to look at ways to treat TBI

Study to look at ways to treat TBI

Legion representative takes part in conference call on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for traumatic brain injury.

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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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VA launches call center for homeless vets

VA launches call center for homeless vets

VA has launched its National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, a phone service that links homeless and at-risk veterans to appropriate VA and community-based resources.

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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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Disability compensation made easier

Disability compensation made easier

VA will publish a proposed regulation in the Federal Register establishing new presumptions of service connection for nine infectious diseases associated with military service.

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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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VA: Broken claims system can't be fixed

VA: Broken claims system can't be fixed

A ground up, tech-based rebuild is underway to end the backlog crisis.

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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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