Peter Gaytan, executive director of the Legion's Washington office, met with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki this morning to discuss VA payment of new Agent Orange presumptive conditions. VA has begun issuing payments for the newly recognized conditions.
National Security/Foreign Relations Director Barry A. Searle and deputy director Joe Grassi Deputy participated in a conference call with the TRICARE Beneficiary Panel for a monthly update on TRICARE issues. It was briefed that there is a backlog in the European Region for Host Nation Medical Service requests due to a greater-than-anticipated volume. Additionally, topics concerning the TRICARE and Medicare appeals process, and a discussion of the TRICARE Young Adult Program were covered.
Barry A. Searle, director of the Legion's National Security/Foreign Relations Division, attended a briefing concerning the Independent Payment Advisory Board(IPAB) and its potential impact on veterans utilizing Medicare. IAPD, which takes effect in 2014, will make recommendation for cuts in Medicare programs if Medicare cost increases are greater than Medical inflation cost. These recommendations will become law the following year if the Senate does not overrule them with a three-fifths majority vote.
Freddy Gesner, assistant director for the Legion's National Security/Foreign Relations Division, sent a letter to the White House regarding The American Legion’s position on the propounded plans to downgrade the US-Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. The plan is to transfer who the commission reports to from the president to a working group in DoD, sending a false signal to the commission’s Russian counterparts that America has lost interest in joint accounting for its POW/MIAs from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.
The National American Legion College,designed to train future Legion leaders, is wrapping up in Indianapolis. For the past five days, participants have learned about Legion programs and engaged in various team-building exercises.
Day 3 of the National American Legion College,designed to train future Legion leaders, is underway in Indianapolis. Participants will learn about Legion programs and engage in various team-building exercises.