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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.


After Legion testimony, VBA plans changes

Four days after Legion testimony about VA's work-credit system for processing disability claims, the Veterans Benefits Administration announced it will take steps to improve its claims staff's work.

Legion: Work-credit system not working

Legion deputy director: VA must use ‘quality component' to reduce claims backlog.

Obama signs veteran caregiver relief act

Legion praises the legislation, but National Commander Clarence Hill urges lawmakers to ‘not forget' veterans of previous eras.

Blue Water veterans study in the works

Institute of Medicine committee will compare Blue Water, Brown Water Vietnam veterans' exposure to herbicides.

Taking the training to Puerto Rico

Legion staffers conduct week-long tutorial to service officers, providing a fundamental understanding of the claims process and tips to getting benefits for veterans.

A process long overdue

Legion representative: VA must continue health studies on Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

SGLI premiums to be reduced

Family monthly premium rates will be reduced for all age groups by an average of 8 percent.

Problems with VBA's fiduciary program

Legion representative says work-credit system can be blamed for slow processing of financial-assistance applications.

Sexual assault prevention discussed

DoD office currently developing a Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database that it expects to be fully operational in one year.

Legion featured in National Journal video

VA&R assistant director Ian de Planque interviewed about the Department of Veterans Affairs' claims backlog.