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VA mandates overtime to tackle claims backlog

VA mandates overtime to tackle claims backlog

Overtime mandated for claims processors at Department of Veterans Affairs’ 56 regional benefits offices.

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Detweiler appointed to Louisiana VA Commission

Detweiler appointed to Louisiana VA Commission

American Legion past national commander appointed to Louisiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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TBI/PTSD committee shares findings with NEC

TBI/PTSD committee shares findings with NEC

Committee focuses on the overuse and misuse of medications, and the need to implement complementary and alternative therapies.

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VA to expedite decisions for year-old claims

VA to expedite decisions for year-old claims

Department of Veterans Affairs announces initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer.

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Legion to Congress: Reject TRICARE hike proposals

Legion to Congress: Reject TRICARE hike proposals

If the president’s forthcoming budget proposal includes TRICARE increases, the Legion wants Congress to reject it.

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Tell us about your own VA claim wait

Tell us about your own VA claim wait

Legion wants to hear from Legionnaires about specifics of their VA benefit claims in order to paint a clearer picture of the growing backlog.

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Legionnaire receives Presidential Citizens Medal

Legionnaire receives Presidential Citizens Medal

North Carolina Legionnaire Mike Dorman cited for company he founded, runs that assists veterans with mental, physical disabilities.

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Legion: Fix VA’s process, not priorities

Legion: Fix VA’s process, not priorities

American Legion opposes the prioritization of some disabled wartime veterans over others when seeking their VA benefits.

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Legion submits solutions for VA backlog

Legion submits solutions for VA backlog

As the number of undecided claims continues to grow, The American Legion calls for greater attention to accuracy and employing more veterans as claims processors.

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Partnership needed to beat the claims backlog

Partnership needed to beat the claims backlog

VA is counting on The American Legion and other VSOs to help reduce its backlog of disability claims.

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Legion defends VA chief against columnist

Legion defends VA chief against columnist

Eric Shinseki taken to task by TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein. The Legion responds in defense of VA chief.

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Legion tackles claims backlog in Baltimore

Legion tackles claims backlog in Baltimore

The American Legion is assisting one of VA’s regional offices with its disability claims processing.

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New Web portal improves VA info sharing

New Web portal improves VA info sharing

Stakeholder Enterprise Portal developed to improve speed, accuracy and efficiency of information sharing between VA and VSOs.

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Legion launches new Claims Coach app

Legion launches new Claims Coach app

The new Claims Coach app includes a recoded directory of accredited American Legion service officers nationwide.

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Commander shares concerns with Obama

Commander shares concerns with Obama

American Legion leader meets with president to discuss the VA backlog and how to turn military experience into credits for career credentials.

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Shinseki: Vets ready to ‘rebuild the middle class’

Shinseki: Vets ready to ‘rebuild the middle class’

VA secretary wants Legion to encourage student veterans nationwide to graduate.

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Fully developed claims: Backlog game-changer?

VA says Legion can help reduce the disability claims backlog by submitting more FDCs.

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VA officials pin hopes on new claims process

VA officials pin hopes on new claims process

Legion remains cautiously optimistic that Fully Developed Claims can cut the backlog, reduce wait times for veterans and their families.

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Changing VA culture

Changing VA culture

An American Legion women veterans panel discusses the challenges women face at VA medical centers and initiatives to solve them.

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Legion sponsors first claims fair

Legion sponsors first claims fair

Veterans in the D.C. area get a helping hand in filing claims for VA benefits.

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Student veterans question GI Bill delays

Student veterans question GI Bill delays

Advocates for student veterans say VA’s current processing system for Post 9/11 GI Bill claims is not enough to minimize, eliminate delays.

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Legion to host Veterans Benefits Claims Fair

Legion to host Veterans Benefits Claims Fair

American Legion service officers will be available Feb. 21 in Washington, D.C., to help local veterans apply for VA benefits.

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Disabled vets overpaid by nearly $1 billion

Disabled vets overpaid by nearly $1 billion

A House subcommittee hearing examined the effectiveness of Veterans Business Administration’s 100 percent temporary disability rating.

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Legion opposes military pay cut idea

Legion opposes military pay cut idea

American Legion national commander says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s idea to cut military pay is not the way to help solve debt crisis.

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Legion to Panetta: No cut to military pay

Legion to Panetta: No cut to military pay

American Legion national commander says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's proposal to trim military pay is "plain wrong."

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Improvements made to eBenefits website

Improvements made to eBenefits website

Joint VA/DoD web portal provides access to variety of military, veterans benefits resources.

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VA’s paperless claims processing system underway

VA’s paperless claims processing system underway

Veterans disability claims being handled electronically at regional benefits processing offices.

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VA eliminates Eligibility Verification Report

VA eliminates Eligibility Verification Report

The elimination will allow staff to focus on the compensation claims backlog.

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Cost-of-living benefits threatened

Cost-of-living benefits threatened

The American Legion and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont oppose the idea of linking cost-of-living allowance increases with the chained-Consumer Price Index.

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Sanders opposes cost-of-living reductions

Sanders opposes cost-of-living reductions

Vermont senator says the Chained Consumer Price Index shouldn’t determine VA’s cost-of-living allowance for disability compensation and pensions.

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