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E-Benefits portal discussed

Portal, to debut April 1, will allow veterans to check on the status of their claims, check payment history and collect information regarding benefits to which they may be entitled.

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Hill confident health plan won't harm VA, DoD

Hill confident health plan won't harm VA, DoD

National Commander Hill feels confident passage of the health-care reform legislation won't have a negative impact on DoD, VA delivery, practices, but the Legion will make sure that continues to be the case.

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Department of Veterans Affairs news

Department of Veterans Affairs news

Information about new VA programs, policies and plans.

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How will health-care reform affect you?

How will health-care reform affect you?

The Burn Pit takes a close look at the potential ramifications of Sunday night's passage of health-care reform.

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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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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 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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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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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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Department of Veterans Affairs news

Department of Veterans Affairs news

Information about new VA programs, policies and plans.

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Seeking common ground on benefits

Legion, other VSOs meet to look at ways to improving VA's benefits system.

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Legion part of legal consortium

Legion part of legal consortium

As a member of the Veterans' Consortium Executive Board, the organization works with other VSOs and individuals to provide free legal representation to veterans.

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Shinseki outlines VA's 21st-century plans

Shinseki outlines VA's 21st-century plans

Adding new staff and improving IT management two of the keys for VA secretary's plan delivered to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Wednesday.

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Veterans Law Review to publish second volume this spring

Veterans Law Review to publish second volume this spring

Review includes notes and articles regarding current "hot topics" involving the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Adding a veteran's perspective

Through the House of Representative's Wounded Warrior Program, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Michael Collins has found a way to make a difference for fellow veterans.

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Legion DSO School focuses on women vets

Legion DSO School focuses on women vets

Issues faced by women veterans got front-and-center treatment Feb. 26 on the last day of The American Legion's Department Service Officers School.

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Emphasizing homelessness prevention

Emphasizing homelessness prevention

At its Homeless Veterans' Provider Workshop last week, The American Legion continued its campaign of advocacy and assistance for homeless vets.

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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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