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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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Shinseki delivers "state of VA"

Shinseki delivers "state of VA"

In his 2009 “state of the VA” address to Congress, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki focused on the disability claims backlog, access to the VA health-care system, and the homeless veterans issue.

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Legion praises VA help for Agent Orange victims

Legion praises VA help for Agent Orange victims

National Commander Clarence Hill says he is pleased VA has acknowledged herbicide Agent Orange as a culprit in three more illnesses plaguing Vietnam vets: Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

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New Senate bill would help more vets with traumatic injuries

The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that will provide retroactive payments to servicemembers who suffered traumatic injury while on active duty, Oct. 7, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2005.

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VA homeless vet grants

VA is creating more facilities for homeless veterans with $17 million in grant money going to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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Veterans Arts Festival kicks off in Texas

Veterans Arts Festival kicks off in Texas

Veterans from across the United States will compete for medals in music, dance, drama, creative writing and visual arts at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in San Antonio.

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VA creates office for survivors of veterans

VA creates office for survivors of veterans

VA has created a new office to help survivors of U.S. veterans and servicemembers with their benefits. The office can modify programs, benefits and services – or create new ones.

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Legion calls for 'transparency' at VA

Legion calls for 'transparency' at VA

American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill says he is concerned about a VA directive that refuses public disclosure of inspection reports that might reflect negatively upon VA facilities.

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Secretary Shinseki announces "Green Routine" initiative

Secretary Shinseki announces "Green Routine" initiative

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced a new “Green Routine” campaign to kick off Energy Awareness Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Legion to Congress: Approve VA budget immediately

Legion to Congress: Approve VA budget immediately

The American Legion is criticizing Congress for its failure to approve a budget for VA health care and military construction before the start of fiscal 2010.

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Helping homeless Veterans

Bob Rogers, from the VA medical center in Indianapolis, spoke with American Legion chaplains about programs for homeless veterans.

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Quality over quantity key to overcoming VA backlog

Quality over quantity key to overcoming VA backlog

Instead of processing medical claims quickly, The American Legion says that VA should process claims more carefully – so they get them right the first  

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Combat vets qualify for refunds

Combat vets qualify for refunds

An extended period for enrollment eligibility means that many veterans qualify for VA refunds of  previous co-payments made for medical services related to combat operations.

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VA says endoscopy concerns are over

VA says endoscopy concerns are over

Earlier this year, it was found that unclean medical equipment at VA medical facilities might have infected thousands of patients with disease. VA has been investigating since February.and reports that the health risk has been addressed.

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VA warns of telephone scam

“Patient Care Group” requests for updated prescription information are phony.

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American Legion questions "death book"

American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein says the controversial “Your Life, Your Choices” booklet lacks sensitivity in its treatment of end-of-life choices.

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VA vows to limit vet homelessness

VA vows to limit vet homelessness

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki made strong promises to veterans while speaking at the 91st National Convention.

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Benefits guide gets second printing

Benefits guide gets second printing

‘For Service To Your Country’ is step-by-step guide to receiving benefits earned through military service.

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VA: Suicide a concern among all veterans

Five thousand veterans commit suicide each year. Some of them are old; some are young. They all need help.

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Military health care must be revamped

The American Legion says VA and DoD systems must be improved and expanded

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Biloxi's Katrina recovery gets boost

Six contracts have been awarded worth $153.7 million to build new health-care facilities and expand existing services that provide care to veterans in the Biloxi, Miss., area, which was devastated by hurricanes in 2005.

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Obama meets with Commander Rehbein

Obama meets with Commander Rehbein

President Obama meets privately with National Commander David K. Rehbein on Aug. 4, pledged to keep the VA medical system essentially as is - quelling fears that it would be absorbed into a national system.

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VA site helps college counselors, student veterans

Web site intended to strengthen the connection between college mental-health professionals and combat veterans studying on their campuses.

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Eric Haney: Spreading the word about prostate cancer through Honor Flights

 Eric Haney: Spreading the word about prostate cancer through Honor Flights

Veteran discusses his role in prostate cancer campaign.

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