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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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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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