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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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Sanders chairs testimony session; defends VA

Sanders chairs testimony session; defends VA

Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee says VA doing ‘good job’ despite criticism.

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Shinseki renews vow to break backlog

Shinseki renews vow to break backlog

VA secretary tells Legionnaires that all claims undecided a year or longer will be processed by end of the year, targets 2015 for full elimination.

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Fully developed claims effort gets new ally

Fully developed claims effort gets new ally

VA has gained another strong partner in its efforts to generate more fully developed claims for veterans’ disabilities.

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Veterans eligible for retroactive benefits

Veterans eligible for retroactive benefits

Veterans who file fully developed claims are now eligible to receive up to one year of retroactive disability benefits.

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Legion’s fully developed claims on the rise

Legion’s fully developed claims on the rise

The American Legion’s focus on FDCs is starting to pay off.

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VA to host fully developed claims webinar

VA to host fully developed claims webinar

Legion to take part in the July 17 online session; service officers, health-care providers, social workers and other professionals encouraged to register.

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NAACP addresses vet jobs, benefits

NAACP addresses vet jobs, benefits

American Legion directors, corporate executives discuss ways they are helping veterans make transitions and file VA claims.

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Regional Offices key to understanding backlog

Regional Offices key to understanding backlog

Congress should visit VA Regional Offices to get at the core of the claims backlog problem.

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Claims appeals: Why they take forever

Claims appeals: Why they take forever

Many benefits claims appeals languish for years due to getting caught up in VA’s internal review process.

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Electronic claims filing now available

Electronic claims filing now available

VA's new online application enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment.

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Legion to discuss VA reform

Legion to discuss VA reform

The panel discussion about VA reform is hosted by Concerned Veterans for American and The Weekly Standard; it’s the first of a five-part series.

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Foreign hackers steal VA data

Foreign hackers steal VA data

Since 2010, sensitive information on veterans has been taken from VA’s database.

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HVAC members press president on backlog

HVAC members press president on backlog

Twenty Congressmen sign 'call to action' to tackle backlog crisis.

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Legislators make public promise to solve backlog

Legislators make public promise to solve backlog

Senators and Congressmen stage several pre-Memorial Day events to highlight VA backlog problem.

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More than 50 percent of older VA claims processed

More than 50 percent of older VA claims processed

VA’s new initiative aims to resolve 67,000 older claims in the backlog within 60 days.

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Fort Wayne VAMC: A work in progress

Fort Wayne VAMC: A work in progress

Improvements have been made at the facility, but a Legion town hall meeting Tuesday showed that work remains.

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Legion, VA team up to reduce claims backlog

Legion, VA team up to reduce claims backlog

Legion, Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans will participate in the Fully Developed Claims Community of Practice.

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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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