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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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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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