Department of New Mexico Legion Family members and American Legion Riders are joining American Legion National Headquarters staff members for an Operation Comfort Warriors shopping trip to purchase electronics and personal hygiene items for patients of the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The facility is receiving aquatic therapy equipment, an underwater tread cycle, and the spinal cord injury unit is also receiving an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant pool table.
Zack Hearn, deputy director for benefits in the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, is testifying at a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs: "Adjudicating VA’s Most Complex Disability Claims: Ensuring Quality, Accuracy and Consistency on Complicated Issues."
Edward Lilley, an American Legion national field service representative, is meeting with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Network Support to learn more about the office and get an update on current concerns.
The American Legion is a national member organization of USA Baseball. Involvement with USA Baseball and its Board of Directors provides the Legion a voice and networking opportunity among representatives of other youth baseball organizations and Major League Baseball.
The Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force is conducting a site visit of the El Paso Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During the visit, the task force will focus on VA’s accomplishments and progress over the past 10 years, current issues and concerns, as well as VA’s five-year strategic plan for several program areas, such as VA’s budget, campus alignment, staffing, enrollment/outreach, hospital programs (e.g. mental health, intensive care unit (ICU), long-term services and support, homelessness programs) information technology and construction programs.
Staff from the Legion's Legislative Division are attending the semi-annual roundtable for veterans/military service organizations hosted by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Two top issues the Legion wants to discuss: advance appropriations for VA, and the failure of Congress to adequately address the funding issue for community-based outpatient clinics.
Staff from the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division are meeting with Dr. Tracy Gaudet, director of VA’s office of patient-centered care, and Dr. Jan Kemp, VA’s national suicide prevention coordinator, to discuss complementary alternative medicine therapies and treatments for TBI and PTSD currently being performed throughout the VA health-care system.
Veterans who use the El Paso Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center are urged to attend an American Legion System Worth Saving town hall meeting at 7 p.m. tonight. The meeting will take place at American Legion Post 58, 4724 Vulcan Avenue in El Paso, Texas.
Zack Hearn, deputy director of benefits for the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, and Ian de Planque, deputy director of the Legislative Division, are participating in a conference call with Government Accountability Office (GAO) staff. Congress has requested GAO to review VA’s accuracy and consistency regarding the adjudication of benefits claims. Those participating in the conference call will discuss: