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New VA claims plan must put care first

New VA claims plan must put care first

Legion submits testimony as House subcommittee explores ways to improve disability claims process, based on 2007 recommendations.

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VA benefits recipients get COLA increase

Veterans, their families and families receiving Department of Veterans Affairs benefits get 3.6-percent increase in compensation.

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VA expands Agent Orange ship list

47 vessels added to list of Navy, Coast Guard ships whose crews may have been exposed to Agent Orange.

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VA extends Gulf War filing deadline

VA extends Gulf War filing deadline

Veterans of the Persian Gulf War have an additional five years to file VA disability claims for undiagnosed illnesses.

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Defense bill controls fee increases

Commander calls provision to neutralize out-of-pocket costs ‘a victory’ for those who use TRICARE.

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Expanded VGLI coverage available

Veterans may be able to increase their coverage by $25,000 with answering health questions.

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Legion hosts women vets focus group

Legion hosts women vets focus group

Representatives from federal agencies and other groups met recently with American Legion national staff in Washington to discuss women veterans issues.

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House passes COLA increase for veterans

House passes COLA increase for veterans

Cost of living adjustment for veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities sent to White House for president's signature.

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VA agrees to Houston cemetery settlement

VA agrees to Houston cemetery settlement

Cemetery had come under fire for alleged banning of religious speech in burial ceremonies.

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Legion concerned by potential VA cuts

Legion concerned by potential VA cuts

Legion officials disappointed with 'tepid' stance by congressional leaders against cost-cutting measures that could affect veterans.

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Legion opposes defense cut proposals

Legion opposes defense cut proposals

American Legion leaders express to Congress that slashing DoD and veterans benefits will endanger America.

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Legion voices concerns over benefit cuts

Legion voices concerns over benefit cuts

National Commander Fang Wong stresses that cuts to defense or military retirement benefits would be foolish, risky.

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Wong presents plaque to Walcoff

Wong presents plaque to Walcoff

Deputy under secretary for Veterans Benefits Administration stepping down after 37 years with the department.

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VA extending retroactive injury benefits

VA extending retroactive injury benefits

Servicemembers who suffered qualifying traumatic injuries will be impacted, regardless of location where injury occurred.

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VA releases Brown Water ship list

VA releases Brown Water ship list

Expanded list of U.S. Navy ships exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War now available online.

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Legion fights TRICARE increases

Legion fights TRICARE increases

Commander says higher premiums, annual fees for military retirees are ultimately a threat to national security.

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A line in the sand over retirement pay

A line in the sand over retirement pay

Reducing military retirement benefits earned by our warriors is unconscionable.

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Brown Water ship list still to come from VA

Brown Water ship list still to come from VA

List should be available online the first week of August, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Kinks need worked out in caregiver program

Kinks need worked out in caregiver program

American Legion pleased with overall program but concerned that VA has capped benefits at 40 hours per week.

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Legion: VAMC child care an excellent idea

Legion: VAMC child care an excellent idea

VA secretary announces pilot program during women vets conference.

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Legion lauds VA transparency initiative

Legion lauds VA transparency initiative

Department of Veterans Affairs performance records and reports now publicly accessible.

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VA reaching out to women veterans

VA reaching out to women veterans

Department calling on women veterans to share their experiences using the VA health-care system.

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Legion survey reveals VA claims frustration

Legion survey reveals VA claims frustration

Eighty-five percent say VA regional offices are inefficient and slow; 54 percent say they intend to appeal claims decisions.

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VA begins making caregiver payments

VA begins making caregiver payments

More than $430,000 in stipend payments will be sent out this month to 176 families.

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Homeless vets sue over medical center

Homeless vets sue over medical center

Property donated in West Los Angeles on the promise it only be ysed for veterans now leased out for other purposes

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Legion gets up-close look at WRIISC

Legion gets up-close look at WRIISC

War Related Injury and Illness Study Centers established to conduct research on veterans from any era or conflict.

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Legion gets update on caregiver program

Legion gets update on caregiver program

Department of Veterans Affairs working on online applications; more than 1,100 applications already received since launch of benefits in May.

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Legion wraps up 'System' site visits

Legion wraps up 'System' site visits

46 VA medical centers visited during 2011; information will be compiled and distributed to president, Congress, VA officials and Legionnaires.

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Full Disclosure

Rocked by a series of sterilization scares, VA errs on the side of patient safety.

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Claims questions raised in Senate hearing

Claims questions raised in Senate hearing

Timeliness of receiving mental health care, as well as transitioning of wounded servicemembers into VA medical system among issues discussed.

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