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  • HUD, VA, AND USICH ANNOUNCE 33% DROP IN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS SINCE 2010
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans […]
  • VA Outlines Actions Taken to Improve Access to Care, Implement Recommendations from the Office of Inspector General
    – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improv […]
  • Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
    Dan Dellinger, American Legion National President, thanks for that kind introduction-and thank you all for your warm welcome. Let me first recognize your national leadership: Dan Wheeler, Adjutant; Peter Gaytan, Executive Director; your National Vice Commanders, Paul Dillard, Southeast; Robert Newman, Central; William Rakestraw, Northeast; Wayne Satrom, Midw […]
  • VA Takes Next Step to Modernize Scheduling System
    The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system. The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, managem […]
  • VA Moves to Streamline Identification of Rural Land Areas
    In order to more accurately identify and serve rural Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is improving the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas.
  • Hire them, develop them, connect them
    USAA Senior Vice President Jason Kamiya offers a three-step formula for companies interested in hiring some of the 1.5 million men and women expected to leave military service in the coming five years. “Hire them. Connect them. Develop them.” A retired U.S. Army major general, Kamiya spoke before thousands of veterans gathered in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday f […]
  • Legacy Run tops $947,000
    The American Legion Legacy Run has done it again. After donations made Aug. 26 on the floor of the 96th Annual American Legion National Convention raised this year’s Legacy Run total to a record 947,450. More than $435,000 was raised during the five-day ride, which was sponsored by USAA. Another $470,000 was donated during a special presentation at the natio […]
  • Fifth Third Bank donates $10k to NEF
    The American Legion’s National Emergency Fund (NEF) received a donation of $10,000 from Fifth Third Bank during the organization’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The check was presented to National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger by Carl S. Mills, vice president and senior relationships manager at Fifth Third Bank of Hamilton County in Indiana. Th […]
  • Legion statement on VA IG's Phoenix report
    American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger has issued the following statement in reaction to the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s review of the Phoenix VA Health Care System: “VA’s internal investigation of patient deaths in Phoenix may not have proven conclusively those deaths occurred through negligence, but VA needs to do more t […]
  • Legion, U.S. Chamber renew vows
    Eric Eversole, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, had no idea three years ago how many veterans career fairs would come from the idea of connecting chambers of commerce nationwide with job applicants who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Tuesday, at The American Legion’s 96th National Convention, he repo […]
  • PRESIDENT SIGNS CRITICAL VETERANS LEGISLATION INTO LAW
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) was on hand today at Fort Belvoir, VA as the president signed H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 into law. The newly signed law will provide the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an additional $15 billion of emergency funding to ensure veterans who cannot be see […]
    Jennifer McDonald
  • VFW Joins Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program
    The VFW is asking all VFW Posts to participate in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner program. The Commemorative Partner Program is designed for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their famil […]
    Kala Roberts
  • VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts Award 93 Veterans with Scholarships
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars is proud to announce 93 veterans have been awarded VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships” this fall, totaling more than $380,000. […]
    Kala Roberts
  • CONGRESS PASSES EMERGENCY VA FUNDING BILL
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is relieved that Congress finally did what they were elected to do and passed an emergency funding bill at the last minute to help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome a nationwide crisis in care and confidence. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and […]
    Kala Roberts
  • HOUSE PASSES VA COMPROMISE BILL
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3230 today by a vote of 420-5, paving the way to provide more than $15 billion in emergency funding to help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome the crisis in care and confidence veterans have in their VA. […]
    Randi Law

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Veterans Air Grievances About VA During Town Hall

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Obama addresses vets in trip laden with politics

Veterans want answers from President Obama

Unresolved issues hang over Obama’s address to veterans

China: Criticism of U.S. jet encounter ‘groundless’

Dempsey: We Will Act If Islamic Group Threatens U.S

VA touts progress on suicides; data tell another story

96th American Legion Convention underway uptown

American Legion to host town hall meeting Monday night in Charlotte

Legionnaires from around U.S. make patriotic waves on Tryon Street

A ‘range of options’ under discussion to combat Islamic State

U.S. sends second carrier to Asia amid tensions with China

VA official tells American Legion delegates agency must earn back veterans’ trust ‘one veteran at a time’

Hagan criticizes Obama on veterans issues ahead of his Charlotte visit

American Legion 96th National Convention opens at Charlotte’s convention center

McCain: Why is Phoenix VA boss still employed

Are veterans’ preferences in federal hiring fair? Report says complicated rules make assessments difficult

AAFES makes ‘business case’ for allowing veterans to shop online

Hagel: ISIL May Require DoD To Rethink 2015 Budget

Central Alabama VA leaders placed on administrative leave

Foley Case Lays Bare Debate Over Paying Ransom

Despite ISIS Horror, Congress Is Wary Of U.S. Military Expansion

Rowan Veterans Honor Guard competes tonight at Legion national convention

More than 9,000 expected in Charlotte for 96th American Legion convention

Nearly 90 employers look to hire veterans at 96th American Legion National Convention

Militant Group Says It Killed American Journalist in Syria

Iraq clock ticks for Obama

New rules issued for firing VA executives

VA chief in Sparks: Agency has failed

VA Sued for Denying Benefits to Gay Spouses

Study Finds 25% of Troops Use Food Banks

VA backlog grew despite online application program

Report: VA employee took recovering vet to crack house

Rogers: US Needs to Step it Up in Iraq

Ex-Des Moines doctor cited in West Virginia VA death

Vets Awaiting Primary Care At VA Can Now Seek Private Physician

Military base shelters for young immigrants close

As military gears down, veterans in civilian workforce ramp up

Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says

World Series brings hundreds of visitors, millions of dollars to county

Alabama VA finds another 1,146 unread patient X-rays

PTSD can lead to heart disease

VA takes big strides in treating military sex trauma victims

Tobacco Use Harms Military Readiness, Official Says

Hagel at Camp Pendleton: 130 more US troops deployed to Iraq

Obama administration’s release of illegal immigrants unlawful, audit finds

Remembering Robin Williams’ strong support for the troops

Leading the charge for veterans in Maryland

Congressman Takes VA Oversight on the Road

Mend, Don’t End, the VA

New Philadelphia resident wins national rifle championship

Legion to Feature Employment Workshops

Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Robin Williams

Pentagon: Effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq remain limited

McDonald works to soften image of VA employees

Law seeks to expand in-state tuition for all

Program for homeless vets gets $300 million infusion

Ariz. Dem tells VA secretary to implement ‘commonsense solutions’

Iraqis Nominate Maliki Successor, Causing Standoff

Limits Of Airstrikes Hinder U.S. Policy In Iraq

The Legion to Broadcast from Convention

Despite progress in backlog, thousands of Florida’s veterans still wait for benefits

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