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  • Hundreds of Disabled Veterans to Attend Winter Sports Clinic
    More than 300 disabled Veterans are hitting the slopes this week at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Clinic, sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans, is the largest adaptive event of its kind in the world and will take place from March 29 through […]
  • VA Makes $8 Million in Grants Available for Adaptive Sports for Disabled Veterans
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability for up to $8 million in grants for fiscal year 2015 to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces throughout fiscal year 2016.
  • Requirement of Standardized Claim, Appeal Forms
    With the goal of making the application process easier and more efficient for our Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) now requires Veterans seeking disability benefits to use standardized claim and appeal forms. These standardized forms guide Veterans to clearly state the symptoms or conditions for which they are seeking benefits and provide the […]
  • VA Works to Expand Choice Program Eligibility
    In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran's residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. The policy change will be made through regulatory […]
  • Groundbreaking Device Being Tested By VA May Put End to Pressure Ulcers
    Pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) are one of the most troublesome and painful complications for patients during a long hospital stay, but a joint project between the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and General Electric Global Research may one day make pressure ulcers a thing of the past.
  • Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq
    U.S. and coalition forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
  • Carter Domestic Trip Focuses on 'Force of the Future'
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
  • Face of Defense: Civilian Amputee Inspires Military Patients
    The first quadruple amputee to receive treatment at the Center for the Intrepid is surviving and thriving – and inspiring the center's military patients.
  • Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq
    U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
  • Commander applauds Senate for clarifying '40-mile rule'
    The head of The American Legion has praised the Senate for unanimously passing an amendment to remind the Department of Veterans Affairs that it is obligated to provide non-VA care when it cannot offer that same treatment at one of its own facilities within 40-miles driving distance from a veteran’s home. The call to VA […]
  • Legion pushes for DoD-VA collaboration on pay, benefits
    The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel heard concerns from The American Legion at a hearing March 25 to review the Military Compensation and Modernization Commission’s most recent recommendations to change the way our nation pays and provides retirement benefits to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.John Stovall, director of […]
  • Legion testimony focuses on changes to VA laws
    At a March 24 congressional hearing, The American Legion provided written and oral statements addressing positions on pending legislation before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.Legislation highlighted in the Legion statements included:Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act of 2015Increasing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability to Veterans Act of 2015Ensuring VA […]
  • Named for The American Legion
    U.S. Route 281 is 1,872 miles long, bisecting the nation from Canada to Mexico and passing through six states. Among U.S. highways containing three digits, it is the longest. It is also known as The American Legion Memorial Highway. The American Legion State Forest in Connecticut offers hiking and canoeing opportunities along the scenic Farmington […]
  • Legion, Los Angeles officials talk ending homelessness
    On March 25, Department of California National Executive Committeeman Hugh Crooks and Department Parliamentarian Wayne Lee – along with American Legion Executive Director Verna Jones and Veterans Employment & Education Division Deputy Director Mark Walker – met with Jenny Chavez, chief of staff for Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino's office, to discuss LA's plan/strategy to […]
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Local History: Women veterans started female-only American Legion Post

5 Things to Know About the Job Market for Veterans

Troubled VA Medical Center in Tomah gets new leadership

Authorization for Iraq mission stalls

Senate panel to look at VA’s ’40-mile’ rule limiting outside care

Seeking ways to bridge ‘civilian-military gap’

U.S. Veterans Return To Iwo Jima For 70th Anniversary

Military families still wait to recover missing from war

News reports: Islamic State identifies 100 US troops, urges followers to kill them

New burial site at Arlington National Cemetery to hold fragmented remains

Lawmakers: Funding education for Texas veterans is too high

VA watchdog overhauls policies on investigative reports

VA, Congress trade barbs over trust, transparency

Services on track to open all military jobs to women

DoD’s Sequestration Warnings Fall Flat In Congress

U.S. Loses Track Of Arms Sent To Yemen

Cost of new Denver-area VA hospital swells fivefold to $1.73 billion

House GOP taps war fund to solve defense spending cap

Air Force veteran tried to join Islamic State, indictment says

Bill to recognize retired Guard members as veterans

Central AL VA holds town hall meeting for veterans

Sanger ideal for American Legion’s state headquarters

Democrats introduce immigration bill to help Filipino veterans in the U.S.

Family Groups Cut From Pentagon Updates

Tom Cotton calls for defense spending boost

CIA Chief: Terrorism Morphing Into Different Threats

House vets chairman: VA impeding congressional oversight

White House consulting Petraeus on fight against Islamic State

Family of veteran who committed suicide sues VA

VA reform by committee? Really?

VA under fire for delays in paying claims for veterans

It’s not over: Veterans waiting months for appointments

VA names new customer service panel

Gay Groups March at Last in Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Lawmaker offers Americans tips to prepare for nuclear, terrorist attacks

Officials: U.S. to keep higher troop level in Afghanistan

Tricare Choice: What’s In It For You?

Winning The War Of Electrons: Inside The New Maritime Strategy

Veterans Innovation Partnership Application Period Opens

VA hospitals in Hampton, Fayetteville battle same problems

VA: No date set for Agent Orange C-123 decision

Loophole in GI Bill is a windfall for helicopter flight schools

VA makes little progress in a year; Congress schedules prime-time hearing

Law enables Togus to hire almost 40 new employees

VA watchdog’s investigation contradicted

Obama talks about trust to workers during visit to VA wait list scandal site

Law enables Togus to hire almost 40 new employees

VA makes little progress in a year; Congress schedules prime-time hearing

Loophole in GI Bill is a windfall for helicopter flight schools

VA: No date set for Agent Orange C-123 decision

VA hospitals in Hampton, Fayetteville battle same problems

Veterans Innovation Partnership Application Period Opens

Winning The War Of Electrons: Inside The New Maritime Strategy

Tricare Choice: What’s In It For You?

Officials: U.S. to keep higher troop level in Afghanistan

Lawmaker offers Americans tips to prepare for nuclear, terrorist attacks

Gay Groups March at Last in Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

VA names new customer service panel

It’s not over: Veterans waiting months for appointments

Stiffer penalties for impersonating veterans approved by N.J. Senate panel

Lawmakers want IG to probe VA’s women’s health policies

Veterans defend care at Tomah VA center

Moran Questions VA Commitment To Veterans Choice Program

Obama confronts VA mess

Northcom Chief Discusses Threats to Homeland

Army substance-abuse clinics turn away soldiers by the thousands

With ranks of suicidal veterans swelling, hotline offers help

State licensing board slaps VA manager who mocked suicides with complaint

VA secretary presses for veterans’ care reform

VA Secretary Robert McDonald meets with whistleblower

More Than 40,000 Rally for Navy Chaplain Accused of Being Anti-Gay

VA Proposed Rule Is Attack On Veterans And Their Families

VA manager’s email mocks veteran suicides

Sen. Shaheen urges Veterans Affairs to halt “discriminatory policy”

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