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Waiting for better information

Waiting for better information

VA under secretary for Health tells Legionnaires that more studies need completed before hyperbaric oxygen treatments are issued to treat TBI, PTS.

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Sheila Advento lost her hands and legs to a life-threatening bacterial infection

Whole again

Veteran amputees are among the first to benefit from groundbreaking work in limb transplants.

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Just getting started

Just getting started

PTS-TBI Ad Hoc Committee prepared to carry on its work.

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What are your health-care concerns?

What are your health-care concerns?

System Worth Saving Task Force seeking input from veterans using VA heath-care system for focus of next round of visits.

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Legion meetings to focus on health care

Organization’s PTS-TBI Committee, Veterans’ Policy Oversight Committee to meet in Washington, D.C.

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Outreach critical to suicide prevention

Outreach critical to suicide prevention

Efforts by VA, fellow veterans needed to stop alarming number of suicides among veterans.

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Construction at Denver VAMC set to begin

Construction at Denver VAMC set to begin

Contract awarded after more than a decade of delays contributed to the near-tripling of the price tag; date for start of construction still not set.

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VA implementing spouse support line

VA implementing spouse support line

Telephone support program comes on heels of successful pilot program showed significant reduction in stress for spouses of returning OEF, OIF veterans.

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VA launches Make the Connection

VA launches Make the Connection

Campaign creating ways for veterans, their families to connect with the experience of other veterans.

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IOM: Burn pit evidence inconclusive

IOM: Burn pit evidence inconclusive

Report states insufficient data makes it impossible to say whether emissions can cause long-term health effects.

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VA offering free meals for homeless

VA offering free meals for homeless

Meals will be offered at Veterans Cantee Service cafeterias to homeless veterans attending their first VA medical appointment.

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System Worth Saving visits underway

System Worth Saving visits underway

Focus for next six months will be delivery of Departments of Veterans Affairs health-care delivery to veterans in rural areas.

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VA mental health campaign to launch soon

VA mental health campaign to launch soon

Make the Connection is VA's effort to work with the entertainment industry to encourage veterans to come forward to receive treatment for mental health.

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Gulf War Task Force draft report completed

Gulf War Task Force draft report completed

Comprehensive draft report outlines how VA addresses the concerns of veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.

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VA launches TBI awareness campaign

VA launches TBI awareness campaign

Documentary highlights individual stories of recovery for severely wounded servicemembers and veterans.

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VA releases women veterans PSA

VA releases women veterans PSA

Public service announcement challenges viewers to rethink pre-conceived notions about women veterans.

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Miami VAMC criticized by House committee

Miami VAMC criticized by House committee

House Veterans' Affairs Committee cites ‘failures in leadership' at facility where repeated errors have occurred.

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Legion praised for Veterans Court resolution

Legion praised for Veterans Court resolution

Resolution urges Congress to continue to fund the establishment and expansion of Veterans Treatment Courts.

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System Worth Saving report available

System Worth Saving report available

Findings of 2011 VA medical center visits include challenges in the transition process for OEF/OIF veterans; report will be shared with president, VA, Congress.

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Panel focuses on women veterans issues

Panel focuses on women veterans issues

Retired brigadier generals, women veterans advocates discuss PTS, military sexual trauma and readjusting to civilian life.

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Overcoming stigma and perceptions

Overcoming stigma and perceptions

Walter Reed mental health expert briefs Legion's PTS-TBI Ad-Hoc Committee on where PTS efforts are falling short and what can be done to fix them.

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VA seeking mental health stories

VA seeking mental health stories

VA representatives will be on hand during national convention in Minneapolis to talk with veterans about the mental health treatment they've received.

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Legion submits comments on service dogs

Legion submits comments on service dogs

Department of Veterans Affairs amending its regulations and policies concerning service guide dogs for veterans.

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VA enrollment up for transitioning veterans

VA enrollment up for transitioning veterans

Department updates Legion on numbers of returning veterans receiving health care.

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Legion gets update on caregiver program

Legion gets update on caregiver program

Department of Veterans Affairs working on online applications; more than 1,100 applications already received since launch of benefits in May.

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Legion wraps up 'System' site visits

Legion wraps up 'System' site visits

46 VA medical centers visited during 2011; information will be compiled and distributed to president, Congress, VA officials and Legionnaires.

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VA's PTS phone app still available

VA's PTS phone app still available

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

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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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Legion gets up-close look at WRIISC

Legion gets up-close look at WRIISC

War Related Injury and Illness Study Centers established to conduct research on veterans from any era or conflict.

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Health Care Center debuts on website

Health Care Center debuts on website

New section will focus on key issues in veterans health care, as well as updates on the Legion's System Worth Saving program.

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