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VA releases phone application for PTS

VA releases phone application for PTS

Veterans dealing with post traumatic stress can now turn to their smart phones for help in dealing with their symptoms.

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VA benefit checks to go electronic

VA benefit checks to go electronic

As of May 1, anyone applying for Social Security, VA or other federal benefits will have to choose an electronic payment method.

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DoD wants TRICARE tied to NHE index

DoD wants TRICARE tied to NHE index

Recommendation made to correlate military retiree insurance premium increase with National Healthcare Expenditure Index.

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Caregiver applications soon to be accepted

Caregiver applications soon to be accepted

Department of Veterans Affairs implementing enhancements to existing services for veterans and their caregivers; application process will open May 9.

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VA seeking personal crisis stories

VA seeking personal crisis stories

Through The American Legion, veterans who have used the Veterans Crisis suicide-prevention line can help fellow veterans facing same issues.

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Plan for caregiver training in place

Plan for caregiver training in place

Department of Veterans Affairs partnering with Easter Seals to develop training for Caregiver Program.

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VA revamping suicide prevention campaign

VA revamping suicide prevention campaign

‘It’s Your Call’ will feature a Veterans Crisis Line and seek help from Legionnaires in spreading the word about its 800 number.

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VA provides answers to shutdown concerns

VA provides answers to shutdown concerns

Veterans Field Guide provides information on what services will be available or suspended during government shutdown.

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Providing the proper honors

Providing the proper honors

New York Legionnaire organizes burial service for 20 indigent, homeless veterans as part of Missing in American Project.

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Legion attends Gulf War Illness meeting

Legion attends Gulf War Illness meeting

Two-day event focuses on current research programs related to health consequences of military service in the Persian Gulf.

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VA speeds delivery of caregiver benefits

VA speeds delivery of caregiver benefits

The VA has made it possible for caregivers of eligible veterans to start receiving benefits and support services as early as summer.

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VA implements outreach initiatives

VA implements outreach initiatives

Revamped website, increased advertising, direct mail among ways department plans to reach out to veterans.

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Lifting the ban on 'concurrent receipt'

Lifting the ban on 'concurrent receipt'

A new legislation calls for the receipt of both military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation with respect to any service-connected disability.

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Legion: End 'disabled veterans tax'

Legion: End 'disabled veterans tax'

Organization calls for swift congressional action on pending legislation that would eliminate the practice of concurrent receipt.

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VA launches caregiver enhancements

VA launches caregiver enhancements

New services will benefit caregivers of both veterans injured since 9/11 and veterans of all war eras already enrolled in VA.

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Legion: Don't increase TRICARE fees

Legion: Don't increase TRICARE fees

National commander calls on DoD to not implement any new out-of-pocket health-care costs for those using the insurance program.

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Bachmann thanked for changing stance

Bachmann thanked for changing stance

Legion expresses appreciation to representative from Minnesota for withdrawing proposal to cut VA spending and veterans health benefits.

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VA, HUD issue homeless veterans report

VA, HUD issue homeless veterans report

Report from combined effort of agencies give authoritative analysis of extent and nature of homelessness among veterans.

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Foster: VA sterilization issues too frequent

Foster: VA sterilization issues too frequent

National commander says problems are more wide-spread than isolated, pledges Legion’s help in correcting the situation.

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The good and bad of VA's budget plan

The good and bad of VA's budget plan

National commander says while there is much to like about 2012 VA budget recommendations, other areas still fall short.

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Survey to help shape VA's future

Survey to help shape VA's future

Approximately 42,000 veterans enrolled in health-care system will be asked to participate in telephone interviews.

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Good, but could be better

Good, but could be better

National commander: While sacrifices in spending must be made, they shouldn’t come at the expense of those who have already sacrificed.

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Legion: St. Louis VA acted quickly, correctly

Legion: St. Louis VA acted quickly, correctly

Strict new policies to ensure veteran safety led to investigation after a VA employee reported spots on trays and on surgical instrument.

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Women veterans survey deadline today

Women veterans survey deadline today

The results of the online survey will help the Legion improve the delivery of women veterans’ benefits, programs and services.

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Legion opposes proposal to cut VA spending

Legion opposes proposal to cut VA spending

Legion 'steadfastly' against freezing VA health-care spending and cutting veterans disability payments to help reduce federal spending.

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VA launches caregiver support line

VA launches caregiver support line

Phone line will answer questions, listen to concerns and directly link callers to the Caregiver Support Coordinator at their local VA medical center.

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Legion: Reverse stand on TBI treatment

Legion: Reverse stand on TBI treatment

Organization calls on TRICARE to reimburse policy holders suffering from traumatic brain injury for the cost of cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

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Legion launches women veterans survey

Legion launches women veterans survey

Only 25 percent of female veterans use the VA health-care system. The American Legion wants to know why.

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Millions in unclaimed funds for veterans

Millions in unclaimed funds for veterans

Veterans and their families may be entitled to unclaimed life insurance policy payments, dividend checks and refunds totalling $33 million.

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Foster meets with Shinseki in D.C.

Foster meets with Shinseki in D.C.

VA secretary provides national commander with progress report on several vital issues.

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