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Legion: VA should keep informal claims

Legion: VA should keep informal claims

While standard forms and electronic claims help VA reduce the claims backlog, veterans should not be denied the ability to file informal claims.

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Veterans say changes still needed at Atlanta VA

Veterans say changes still needed at Atlanta VA

City’s VA medical center needs to improve communications with its patients, including a vexing phone system.

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Legion takes COLA war to senators

Legion takes COLA war to senators

Opposition to reduced military retirement benefits to be voiced in Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday.

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Legion to VA: Protect veterans personal information

Legion to VA: Protect veterans personal information

Legion calls on VA to guarantee credit monitoring for veterans affected by the eBenefits data breach.

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VA's eBenefits suffers data breach

VA's eBenefits suffers data breach

Department of Veterans Affairs will provide credit monitoring service to impacted veteran free of charge.

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VA must improve tracking of surgical implants

VA must improve tracking of surgical implants

VA’s inadequate tracking system has left expired surgical implants and other devices on its supply shelves.

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Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legion-backed CORE bill becomes law

Legislation directs DoD to begin transferring electronic medical records to VA.

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Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

Senate passes budget bill, fails veterans

The Congress-approved budget bill may be bipartisan, but both parties are leaving America’s retired veterans in the lurch.

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VA claims: A question of accuracy?

VA claims: A question of accuracy?

The substantial chasm between VA and American Legion statistics on the accuracy of claims processing came to light at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

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Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

Legion challenges VA claims accuracy

While VA says its accuracy on benefits claims processing is about 90 percent, the Legion’s experience tells a different story.

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Armed Forces Network, Stars and Stripes may face cuts

Armed Forces Network, Stars and Stripes may face cuts

National commander says 'morale is becoming a casualty of sequestration' thanks to the latest budget talk emanating from Washington, D.C.

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National commander rips commissary proposal

National commander rips commissary proposal

Department of Defense proposes shutting down all stateside military-run grocery stores.

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VA: Time to leave the construction business?

VA: Time to leave the construction business?

The American Legion testified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be a good choice to help VA with its construction needs.

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Hearing probes conditions at Jackson VA center

Hearing probes conditions at Jackson VA center

Chronic understaffing and poor management have brought the VA medical center in Jackson, Miss., to Capitol Hill’s undivided attention

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Legion gauges health care quality in Pittsburgh

Legion gauges health care quality in Pittsburgh

Members of The American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force held a town hall meeting in Pittsburgh to discuss health care, then visited the local VA facility.

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Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

Legion pushes for more VA funding guarantees

As members of Congress work on passing a bill for more VA advance appropriations, The American Legion also wants guarantees for VA mandatory funding.

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Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

Congress pushes for full VA advance funding

The American Legion will participate in an Oct. 30 press conference on Capitol Hill calling for advance appropriations for all Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

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Legion thanks president for signing death benefits

Legion thanks president for signing death benefits

President signs into law legislation restoring death benefits for fallen servicemembers.

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Legion to Carney: Death Benefits Not a 'Gimmick'

Comments by White House press secretary characterized as 'national disgrace' by national commander.

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Options exist for veterans during shutdown

Options exist for veterans during shutdown

American Legion service officers are still offering claims assistance despite the partial government shutdown.

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Shutdown halts VA’s efforts to go paperless

Shutdown halts VA’s efforts to go paperless

Department of Veterans Affairs halts all software development, including work on Veterans Benefits Management System.

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Shinseki: Shutdown ‘directly threatens’ vets

Shinseki: Shutdown ‘directly threatens’ vets

The VA secretary explained the dire effects on America’s veterans if the government shutdown continues.

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Legion to D.C.: Stop the shutdown now

Legion to D.C.: Stop the shutdown now

America’s veterans will continue to suffer as long as Congress and the White House refuse to act responsibly.

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Legion: Take care of families of the fallen

Legion: Take care of families of the fallen

Legion supports resolution introduced in House that would continue to fund death gratuity benefit, which isn’t being paid during federal government shutdown.

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VA regional offices shut down

VA regional offices shut down

Because of the continuing government shutdown, VA closes all public services at its regional offices.

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House passes measure to protect VA benefits

House passes measure to protect VA benefits

The U.S. House has adopted a resolution that would continue funding of VA benefit payments despite a budget default.

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Legion: Congress missing chance to help veterans

Legion: Congress missing chance to help veterans

Honoring Our Promise to America’s Veterans Act, which would have provided funding to Veterans Benefits Administration, fails to pass House Tuesday.

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VA releases shutdown field guide to services

VA releases shutdown field guide to services

Many Department of Veterans Affairs’ services will remain available through the federal government shutdown; stopped immediately.

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VA benefits in peril if government shuts down

VA benefits in peril if government shuts down

VA warns that funding for veterans benefits will run out by late October if the federal government shuts down.

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Are fully developed claims helping veterans?

Are fully developed claims helping veterans?

Congress checked in with The American Legion and other VSOs to see how VA’s fully developed claims program is coming along.

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