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Georgia veterans to lose unique benefit

Georgia veterans to lose unique benefit

Georgia is currently the only state to provide free nursing home care to veterans, but that’s coming to an end.

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VA seeks to expand TBI benefits

VA seeks to expand TBI benefits

Department proposes adding five diagnosable illnesses secondary to service-connected TBI.

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VA’s paper chase

VA’s paper chase

Going paperless is a “glimmer of hope” for reducing the claims backlog.

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Legion Claims Coach app available

Legion Claims Coach app available

Connect with a service officer and navigate the VA claims process with The American Legion’s free app.

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Colmery’s vision hits 20 million

Colmery’s vision hits 20 million

VA announces 20 millionth home-loan guarantee – a program first envisioned, and then drafted, by Past National Commander Harry Colmery.

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TRICARE switching to electronic payments

TRICARE switching to electronic payments

Starting Jan. 1, TRICARE will stop taking premium payments by mail for the TRICARE Reserve Select and Tricare Retired Reserve programs.

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American Legion seeks app users

Volunteers sought to test, provide input on new Claim Coach mobile app functionality.

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More than $100 million set aside for PTSD, TBI research

More than $100 million set aside for PTSD, TBI research

Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs to look for ways to improve diagnosis and treatment.

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Budget cuts: VA saved, DoD in jeopardy

Budget cuts: VA saved, DoD in jeopardy

While VA’s budget has been spared from sequestration, DoD’s is still under the gun.

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Special Report: Legion offices across the country quietly tackle special cases

Staff members focus on specific claims, supplementing work done by VA

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Special Report: State relationship helps Minnesota service officers cover ground

For nearly 70 years, teamwork has helped veterans understand and file for benefits

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Special Report: DSO schools keep advocates informed, united

Legion hosts twice-annual sessions to boost awareness, encourage interaction

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Special Report: Veterans service officers mix dedication with ‘a heart to serve’

They brush off little pay and high stress to help veterans receive claims

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Special Report: Outreach on the last frontier

In Alaska, just getting to a VA office is an adventure

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Shinseki: Top priority caring for veterans

Shinseki: Top priority caring for veterans

VA secretary tackles current issue, department's future during address to national convention.

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Commander seeks answers about VA conferences

Commander seeks answers about VA conferences

The American Legion leader commends House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for investigation into VA spending at conferences in Orlando.

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VA debuts new model for claims process

VA debuts new model for claims process

The Department of Veterans Affairs is using a ‘segmented lanes’ model that should help to speed up the disability claims process.

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Legion available for CRSC claims

Legion available for CRSC claims

Legion has advocated for military retirees filing for Combat-Related Special Compensation since progam's inception.

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Predatory practices target veterans

Predatory practices target veterans

Legion staffer testifiers that organizations, individuals taking advantage of ‘gaps and loopholes’ in VA pension system to separate veterans from their hard-earned savings.

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House action aims to protect TRICARE

House action aims to protect TRICARE

Senate must now follow suit, says American Legion national commander.

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VA releases 2012 health benefits handbook

VA releases 2012 health benefits handbook

Booklet covering full spectrum of Department of Veterans Affairs health care can be downloaded online.

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Claims rep delivers for fellow veteran

Claims rep delivers for fellow veteran

Minnesota Veterans Affairs employee able to quickly increase disability rating for suicidal OIF veteran.

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VA to increase mental health staff

VA to increase mental health staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to reinforce its mental-health clinicians and support staff with the addition of 1,900 new positions.

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Initiatives to speed up VA benefits delivery

Initiatives to speed up VA benefits delivery

12 regional offices to begin the deployment of claims transformation initiatives.

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Legion testifies at hearing on Vet Centers

Legion testifies at hearing on Vet Centers

Congressional subcommittee receives testimony from a past national commander of The American Legion.

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Legion opposes projected TRICARE hikes

Legion opposes projected TRICARE hikes

The American Legion is urging Congress to reject the proposed increase in TRICARE enrollment fees and pharmacy co-pays.

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New forms to help speed up claims processing

68 new forms designed to improve processing time for disability compensation and pension claims.

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Legion reaffirms position on TRICARE

Legion reaffirms position on TRICARE

National Commander Wong recently reminded the president of Legion’s opposition to fee increase proposal.

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Learning and sharing

Learning and sharing

More than 120 department service officers gathering in Washington for three-day school.

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Never willing to back down

Never willing to back down

Richard Christian Jr., champion of Vietnam veterans in battle for Agent Orange and PTSD claims, dies after battle with cancer.

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