National staff from The American Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division is evaluating the quality of veterans health care at the VA medical center in Asheville, N.C. The site visit is part of the Legion’s ongoing System Worth Saving program.
The working group undertaking development of an online American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association is conducting its second meeting to review tasks and a proposed design of a website where current and former youth program participants may come together to share discussions.
Legion staff is attending the annual Trauma Spectrum Conference at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference will highlight and discuss emerging research on polytrauma recovery and reintegration for servicemembers, veterans and their families.
The Legion is reviewing The Senior Citizens Relief Act (S.2976) and encouraging Congress to supplement the veterans disability and pension pay for fiscal 2011. The Legion also is asking Congress to review methods used to determine whether an increase is necessary to meet the needs of U.S. veterans.
Legion staff is attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on a Department of Defense working group reviewing the possible repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Staff is reviewing the DADT report prepared by DoD and advising members of Congress on the Legion’s viewpoint.