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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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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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