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Legion's veteran crisis center coming to St. Louis

Legion's veteran crisis center coming to St. Louis

Legion will be in St. Louis July 14-18 to conduct town hall meeting, set up crisis center to assist veterans and family members affected by delays in accessing VA health care.

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Legion crisis center helps more than 400 in El Paso

Legion crisis center helps more than 400 in El Paso

74 veterans receive retroactive VA benefits totalling more than $460,000; others receive help with medical appointments, bereavement counseling and other services.

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Legion statement on VA secretary nominee

Legion statement on VA secretary nominee

President Obama has nominated West Point grad, former P&G head Bob McDonald to take over Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Obama to nominate Bob McDonald to head VA

Obama to nominate Bob McDonald to head VA

President to nominate West Point grad, former head of P&G to take over Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

Legion testifies on VA over-medication issue

Organization shares data with Congress from February online survey of veterans with TBI/PTSD.

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The best and worst VA regional offices

The best and worst VA regional offices

American Legion service officers increase their impact in helping to reduce the claims backlog

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Caregiver programs, services for veterans

Caregiver programs, services for veterans

Caregiver benefits were bolstered by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

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Legion advocates for veterans on C-SPAN

Legion advocates for veterans on C-SPAN

American Legion executive director discussed the delivery of care and benefits to veterans.

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Judiciary subcommittee looks at VA backlog

Two of the Legion’s key concerns are a flawed work-credit system and the perennial lack of a universal electronic health record.

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How to avoid financial scams

Help is available for veterans and servicemembers who have been cheated or harassed by financial scammers.

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'Atomic troops' are eligible for benefits

'Atomic troops' are eligible for benefits

Servicemembers who participated in above-ground atomic testing and suffer from illnesses can apply for compensation

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Legion submits testimony on VA’s 2015 budget

Testimony addressed the issue of creating a joint lifetime medical record for VA and DoD.

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Legion breaks down the VA claims issue

Legion breaks down the VA claims issue

During an interview with “Fox & Friends,” D.C. Executive Director Peter Gaytan points out VA shortcomings and successes in handling benefits claims.

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Claims backlog working group issues report

Recommendations include more transparency at VA regional offices.

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Legion encouraged by 2015 VA budget proposal

Legion encouraged by 2015 VA budget proposal

If the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2015 budget is approved, it will be one of the few federal agencies in the era of sequestration to see an increase in funding.

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Legion: Senate vote on veterans bill ‘inexcusable’

National commander disappointed Senate fails to put partisanship aside on critical veterans vote.

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Legion applauds Social Security plan

Expedited claims for disabled veterans “absolutely the right thing to do,” says national commander.

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Senate joins House in restoring COLAs

Action still falls short of American Legion requests that future military retirees be protected from cuts.

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COLA vote not quite enough

COLA vote not quite enough

Commander says Legion won’t rest until all planned cuts to military retiree benefits are off the table.

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Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Floor vote protects measure to restore cost-of-living-adjustment benefits from filibuster.

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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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