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House examines VA mental health-care quality

House examines VA mental health-care quality

The American Legion submitted written testimony to a recent House hearing on VA's ability to provide quality mental health care to America's veterans.

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VA delivers Legion thank-you letters

VA delivers Legion thank-you letters

During National Day of Service, many people stopped by The American Legion’s booth to write thank-you letters to veterans.

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VA, DoD change health record project

VA, DoD change health record project

The Integrated Electronic Health Record was intended to solve the perennial problem of incompatible medical records.

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Day of Service a day to remember

Day of Service a day to remember

Nearly 2,000 thank-you letters to veterans are written in the Legion's booth, while more than 50 VA volunteers are signed up.

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Women veterans health-care site available

Women veterans health-care site available

Department of Veterans Affairs’ website offers resources and tools for women veterans.

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SWS issues report on Indiana VA facility

SWS issues report on Indiana VA facility

The VA medical center in Fort Wayne is short-staffed and needs to fill several key positions.  

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'A domino effect'

'A domino effect'

Department of Pennsylvania raised $225,000 for state’s first Fisher House.

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Upside Down Lives

Even with long-awaited financial assistance from VA, parents and spouses of wounded veterans struggle under the weight of 24/7 caregiving.

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Legion to Congress: Leave TRICARE alone

Legion to Congress: Leave TRICARE alone

Congress is on the verge of increasing TRICARE costs for America’s servicemembers and military retirees.

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VA updates Legion on Manhattan facility

VA updates Legion on Manhattan facility

A Patient Information Help Line is now available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at VA’s Manhattan facility: (855) 269-8338.

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Manhattan VA facility remains closed

Manhattan VA facility remains closed

Programs in place to aid veterans receiving health care at VA medical center damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

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Legion schedules SWS site visits

Legion schedules SWS site visits

System Worth Saving Task Force plans site visits to 15 VA medical centers, and video conferences with an additional 10 facilities.

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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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Fee-basis: Putting the patient first

Fee-basis: Putting the patient first

VA’s Patient-Centered Community Care progam is improving its fee-basis program, but Legion says more needs to be done.

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Special Report: Combat veteran does whatever it takes to help

Inspired by poem at Vietnam Memorial, John Cloud works tirelessly on behalf of vets

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Kentucky service officer Randy Fisher, right, tells members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee that improved medical knowledge can reduce the backlog. Craig Roberts photo

Special Report: Quality over quantity

Kentucky service officer Randy Fisher testified on Capitol Hill that improved medical understanding can reduce the backlog.

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Retired Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey

Special Report: All hands on deck

Allison Hickey addresses issues related to claim backlog at VA

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One Veteran at a Time

American Legion service officers work at an op-tempo unseen in decades, doing all they can to help veterans plow through the backlog of unresolved claims.

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VA transforms health care for women vets

VA transforms health care for women vets

Health initiative for women veterans makes real progress at VA medical centers. 

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Million Vets Program needs more vets

Million Vets Program needs more vets

VA has signed up 80,000 veterans but needs 920,000 more by 2019.

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Updates on VA's Electronic Health Record

Updates on VA's Electronic Health Record

The VA updated the Legion on its progress with creating its Electronic Health Record and improving its appointment scheduling.

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Orlando VA hospital still in limbo

Orlando VA hospital still in limbo

Contractor, VA can’t give lawmakers clear answers about when long-awaited medical center will be done or what it will finally cost.

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Rural VA health care poses many challenges, such as how to provide accessible care for veterans living in the 27,000 square miles of sparsely populated desert that makes up the Navajo nation.

'A Sign of Good Faith'

American Indian veterans in the Southwest want a more permanent VA presence.

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VA centralizes prosthetics procurement

VA centralizes prosthetics procurement

The new way of providing wounded warriors with prosthetic equipment aims to be more cost-effective.

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VHA asks Legion to help in DBQ review

VHA asks Legion to help in DBQ review

The Veterans Health Administration has developed new training modules for using its Disability Benefits Questionnaires.

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VA expands specialty care in rural areas

VA expands specialty care in rural areas

VA's new program, Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, will benefit millions of veterans and their primary care providers.

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Taking the 'D' out of PTSD

Taking the 'D' out of PTSD

A few Pentagon proponents would like to see PTSD reclassified as PTS.

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VA sets goal of telemental health consultations

Consultations to be clinic-based for all mental health specialties.

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VA's AboutFace program focusing on PTSD

Program geared toward helping veterans recognize PTSD symptoms and motivating them to seek treatment.

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VA briefs Legion on R&D progress

VA briefs Legion on R&D progress

Research and development highlights include eHealth initiative, Million Veteran Program and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

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