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Making final preparations for Women Veterans Survey press conference

Legion staff making final preparations for a March 22 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the results of The American Legion Women Veterans Survey, conducted online in January. Nearly 3,000 women veterans responded to the survey, which focused on VA and private practitioner health-care issues.

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Attending House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs members, with the Legion present, are considering the matter of implementing veterans’ caregiver assistance in a hearing titled “Are We Getting It Right?”

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Attending a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees

Legislative Director Tim Tetz and other Legion staff are attending a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees as their members consider the legislative presentations of fellow veterans service organizations. The American Legion’s congressional presentation was made by National Commander Jimmie Foster last September.

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System Worth Saving Task Force visiting Gainesville, Fla., VA Medical Center

The Legion System Worth Saving Task Force begins a two-day tour of the VA medical center in Gainesville, Fla. Legion inspectors will examine the facility’s physical plant and medical treatment areas, and interview its administrators and staff to determine the level of care being offered to its patients.

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Assessing the facilities and operations of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System.

“System Worth Saving” task force members, including Past National Commander Ron Conley, will be assessing the facilities and operations of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System. The system provides care for 150,000 veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has just begun a $47.5 million renovation and expansion of its outpatient-clinic building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Making a presentation to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference

The American Legion is making a presentation to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington. The Legislative Division is discussing programs and efforts aimed at bolstering federal benefits for veterans, especially those who are incarcerated.

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System Worth Saving Task Force visiting Gainesville, Fla., VA Medical Center

The Legion System Worth Saving Task Force begins a two-day tour of the VA medical center in Gainesville, Fla. Legion inspectors will examine the facility’s physical plant and medical treatment areas, and interview its administrators and staff to determine the level of care being offered to its patients.

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Honoring Legion family members dedicated to Scouting

National staff are sending out Square Knot Award certificates and letters to department headquarters to recognize members of the American Legion family who are dedicated to and actively involved in furthering the Boy Scouts of America program.

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Attending House Veterans' Affairs Committee

Legion representatives are on hand as the House Veterans Affairs Committee discusses the portion of the proposed VA budget that funds Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representative Program (LVER) grants to states.

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Sitting in on Senate Armed Services Committee meeting

Legion representatives are attending a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting. Senators are examining the U.S. Army’s portion of the fiscal 2012 Defense Authorization bill.

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