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Detweiler appointed to Louisiana VA Commission

Detweiler appointed to Louisiana VA Commission

American Legion past national commander appointed to Louisiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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TBI/PTSD committee to make final recommendations

TBI/PTSD committee to make final recommendations

PNC William Detweiler, chairman of the Legion’s Traumatic Brain Injury/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Ad Hoc Committee, to deliver report to NEC.

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VA launches women veterans hotline

VA launches women veterans hotline

VA phone line designed to answer questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans.

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Should VA procurement be decentralized?

Should VA procurement be decentralized?

The American Legion believes VA should decentralize its programs such as procurement and information technology to improve its efficiency and timeliness.

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VA-leased facilities in jeopardy of closing

VA-leased facilities in jeopardy of closing

Unless Congress moves quickly, 15 of VA’s medical facilities across the country will be forced to close.

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Tell us about your own VA claim wait

Tell us about your own VA claim wait

Legion wants to hear from Legionnaires about specifics of their VA benefit claims in order to paint a clearer picture of the growing backlog.

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Legion: Truncating TRICARE a misguided idea

Legion: Truncating TRICARE a misguided idea

National commander takes issue with Washington Post editorial stand on TRICARE for Life premiums.

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Legion to VA: ‘Get it right’ in Mississippi

Legion to VA: ‘Get it right’ in Mississippi

Four years after its first whistle-blower spoke out, VA’s medical center in Jackson continues to put its patients at risk.

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Salt Lake City veterans home renamed for Legionnaire

Salt Lake City veterans home renamed for Legionnaire

First veterans nursing home in state named for longtime Department of Utah National Executive Committeeman William Christoffersen.

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Patient wait times still too long at VA

Patient wait times still too long at VA

Veterans are still enduring unreasonable wait times in gaining access to VA health care.

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Legion defends VA chief against columnist

Legion defends VA chief against columnist

Eric Shinseki taken to task by TIME Magazine columnist Joe Klein. The Legion responds in defense of VA chief.

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Legion reacts to allegations by VA whistleblower

Legion reacts to allegations by VA whistleblower

National commander calls for 'thorough investigation' into accusations that Department of Veterans Affairs suppressed evidence of links between Gulf War Illness, environmental hazards to which servicemembers were exposed.

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Coffman: VA Gulf War Illness treatment ‘embarrassing'

Coffman: VA Gulf War Illness treatment ‘embarrassing'

Hearing reveals that Department of Veterans Affairs – as it did with Agent Orange-related illnesses – is taking its time in recognizing that Gulf War Illness is a real disease that needs a cure.

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The dilemma of electronic health records

The dilemma of electronic health records

Legion challenges VA and DoD on decision to cancel development of the Integrated Electronic Health Record system.

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Has this man conquered Gulf War Syndrome?

Has this man conquered Gulf War Syndrome?

An Army major’s personal quest for wellness may have unraveled the mysteries of one of the western world’s most baffling diseases.

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Legion volunteers, hours needed

VA medical centers report drop in volunteer help from Legionnaires; initiatives announced to help meet Legion's 1 million volunteer hours mark.

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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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