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Veteran Services: Benefits


You served your country, and in the process you were injured. It could be a bad back. It could be loss of limb. Or maybe you're not sure if you're entitled to any government benefits. American Legion service officers file thousands of VA claims each year on behalf of America's veterans. And the Legion's Benefits Calculator can help you prepare to file a claim.


Legion breaks down the VA claims issue

During an interview with “Fox & Friends,” D.C. Executive Director Peter Gaytan points out VA shortcomings and successes in handling benefits claims.

Claims backlog working group issues report

Recommendations include more transparency at VA regional offices.

Legion encouraged by 2015 VA budget proposal

If the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2015 budget is approved, it will be one of the few federal agencies in the era of sequestration to see an increase in funding.

Legion: Senate vote on veterans bill ‘inexcusable’

National commander disappointed Senate fails to put partisanship aside on critical veterans vote.

Legion applauds Social Security plan

Expedited claims for disabled veterans “absolutely the right thing to do,” says national commander.

Senate joins House in restoring COLAs

Action still falls short of American Legion requests that future military retirees be protected from cuts.

COLA vote not quite enough

Commander says Legion won’t rest until all planned cuts to military retiree benefits are off the table.

Senate moves forward on COLA repeal

Floor vote protects measure to restore cost-of-living-adjustment benefits from filibuster.

Legion: VA should keep informal claims

While standard forms and electronic claims help VA reduce the claims backlog, veterans should not be denied the ability to file informal claims.

Veterans say changes still needed at Atlanta VA

City’s VA medical center needs to improve communications with its patients, including a vexing phone system.