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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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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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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 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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Legion attends VA caregiver meeting

Legion attends VA caregiver meeting

Implementation of Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, ongoing programs discussed.

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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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Coming together for homeless veterans

Coming together for homeless veterans

American Legion among hundreds of attendees at forum in Washington that highlights ‘best practices’ for VA’s 5-year plan to eradicate the problem.

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Doing what he can for America's military

Doing what he can for America's military

Since 2003, actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band have performed for U.S. servicemembers and veterans across the country.

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'Keep these alliances together'

'Keep these alliances together'

Past National Commander Detweiler stresses the need for relationships among fellow veterans during opening sessions of sixth annual Road to Recovery.

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A normal reaction to the abnormal

A normal reaction to the abnormal

Former undercover New Jersey State Trooper shares his PTS experiences, encourages peer counseling during Road to Recovery.

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TBI, PTS screening at Road to Recovery

TBI, PTS screening at Road to Recovery

Quick, convenient and confidential online process for assessing risk of 'invisible wounds' outlined to Iraq, Afghanistan war veterans and their families.

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'The Happiest Place on Earth'

'The Happiest Place on Earth'

Near-freezing temperatures can't keep veterans, their families from spending a special Christmas celebration with Mickey Mouse and friends.

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A challenge to continue service

A challenge to continue service

Road to Recovery draws to a close with call to action for attendees to help define public attitudes toward veteran.

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'Let us help you'

'Let us help you'

Veterans Health Administration's chief of staff asks participants at Road to Recovery to reach out to VA.

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A week of transformations

A week of transformations

During the Road to Recovery Conference, veterans met with other veterans and were able to communicate in ways they hadn't been able to before.

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ROAR survey available until March 1

ROAR survey available until March 1

The Legion’s Regional Office Action Review team will use survey findings to help veterans and VA Regional Offices battle the backlog across the country.

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Legion makes difference with claims appeals

Legion makes difference with claims appeals

Specialists log 73 percent success rate in front of Board of Veterans Appeals in 2010.

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