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Meeting with National Alliance of Womens Veterans

Terrie Fuller, the Legion's women veterans outreach coordinator, is meeting with Cathy Santos of the National Alliance of Women Veterans to discuss joint cooperation for future events.

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System Worth Saving site visits in Iowa and New York City

The System Worth Saving Task Force is making site visits to VA medical centers in Des Moines, Iowa, and New York City. They are interviewing administrators, staff and patients about the quality of VA health care and patient satisfaction.

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Attending Wounded Warriors Project meeting

Washington, D.C., Executive Director Peter Gaytan is attending a Wounded Warriors Project meeting. Gaytan is also having a luncheon meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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Submitting written testimony on pending legislation

The Legion is submitting written testimony on several pieces of pending legislation for a hearing held by the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health. Legion staff is also attending.

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Hosting veterans focus groups in Iowa, New York City

The System Worth Saving Task Force is hosting veterans focus groups in Des Moines, Iowa, and New York City to discuss the quality of VA health care and patient satisfaction.

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Conducting finals of Oratorical contest

The finals of The American Legion's 75th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program will take place today at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and will be aired live on www.legion.org.

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Conducting the 75th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

The American Legion's 75th High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is gets under way with quarterfinals followed by semifinals. The championship finals will take place Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EDT, which will be aired live on www.legion.org.

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Conducting classes for state, county service officers

Zach Hearn of The American Legion's VA & R Division is in St. Paul and Hutchinson, Minn., conducting two classes for state and county veterans service officers, to explain the work of Legion representatives at VA's Board of Appeals and to offer advice on how to process disability claims. A combined total of about 150 people are expected to attend. Hearn will also conduct one-on-one advisory sessions to give service officers a better understanding of the claims appeal process.

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Attending Joining Forces anniversary celebration at the White House.

Executive Director Peter Gaytan is scheduled to attend a Joining Forces anniversary celebration at the White House. Joining Forces is a national initiative, strongly supported by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, to help mobilize all sectors of society to give our servicemembers and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

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Testifying at House subcommittee field hearing

Past National Commander Bruce Thiesen will testify before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health at a field hearing in Modesto, Calif. The topic is "Vet Centers and the Veterans Health Administration: Opportunities and Challenges."The hearing is at The American Legion Hall Parking Lot at 1001 South Santa Cruz Ave.

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