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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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Legion applauds DoD review of PTSD cases

Legion applauds DoD review of PTSD cases

Following the Army’s lead, all branches of the armed forces will be reviewing PTSD cases.

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Rural health page now online

Rural health page now online

Page features findings from Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force’s first series of 2011-2012 VA site visits.

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Health-care needs of newest veterans reviewed

Health-care needs of newest veterans reviewed

VA clinicians offer review of health concerns of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans in Journal of General Internal Medicine article.

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Older vets: Boston VA needs your help

Older vets: Boston VA needs your help

Life stories of age 55-plus combat and women veterans needed to help improve VA care.

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Reports on VA utilization, PTSD available

Reports on VA utilization, PTSD available

A little more than half of OIF, OEF and OND veterans have sought VA health care since discharge.

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A Huey helicopter sprays the Agent Orange defoliant in Vietnam. U.S. Army photo

A Rare Victory

Vietnam Navy veterans struggle to prove, and keep, Agent Orange benefits.

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Study: 1.3 million working-age veterans without health insurace

Those without health insurance failing to take advantage of VA health care.

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VA launching 3rd survey in Gulf War study

VA launching 3rd survey in Gulf War study

Goal is to measure health of veterans deployed to 1990-1991 Gulf War veterans, as well as veterans who served elsewhere during same period.

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VA, DoD rolling out electronic health record program

Integrated Electronic Health Record system will be implemented at San Antonio, Texas, and Hampton Roads, Va.

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Wong praises Army for review of PTSD cases

Wong praises Army for review of PTSD cases

Army reviewing mental health cases dating back to 2001 to ensure that soldiers weren’t denied appropriate medical retirement benefits.

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Copayment for telehealth care eliminated

Copayment for telehealth care eliminated

VA is no longer charging veterans for In-Home Video Telehealth Care.

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