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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 attends 'Time Out For Veteran's Health'

The American Legion's Washington office staff participated on Nov. 9 in "Time Out For Veteran's Health" - a free health concerns event for veterans conducted at FedExField.

Hill discusses vet issues at Pentagon breakfast

An easy transition from service to civilian life was among the topics discussed by a DoD official and Clarence Hill during a breakfast at the Pentagon this morning.

Craigslist founder joins VA innovation panel

Craig Newmark, founder of advertising Web site Craigslist, has agreed to serve on the VA blue-ribbon panel that will evaluate ideas to improve disability claims processing time and provide greater transparency for veterans.

Legion applauds VA five-year plan

The American Legion welcomed VA’s five-year plan to eliminate homelessness among veterans; the Legion has provided expert testimony on the issue to Congress and VA for several years.

VA puts hold on new Agent Orange claims

VA has stayed the adjudication of new claims based on exposure to Agent Orange; it says that new regulations on presumptive medical conditions need to be finalized.

Obama signs VA advance funding bill

Landmark law provides budget appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs one year in advance, assuring timely delivery of funding.

Legion cheers “landmark” VA advance appropriations measure

After a long campaign by The American Legion, the Senate passes a bill to provide advance funding for the VA health-care system.

VA's error-prone billing system costs veterans

Thousands of veterans are improperly billed for their VA health care because of the agency’s inefficient and error-prone billing system, according to a congressional probe of the issue.

Legion praises VA help for Agent Orange victims

National Commander Clarence Hill says he is pleased VA has acknowledged herbicide Agent Orange as a culprit in three more illnesses plaguing Vietnam vets: Parkinson’s disease, hairy cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

Shinseki delivers "state of VA"

In his 2009 “state of the VA” address to Congress, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki focused on the disability claims backlog, access to the VA health-care system, and the homeless veterans issue.