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  • Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Removed
    Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formally removed Sharon Helman, the director of the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, from federal service. This decision followed an investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General in which allegations of lack of oversight and other misconduct were substantiated. This removal action underscores VA's commitment to hold leaders […]
  • VA to Accept Proposals for New Scheduling System
    – As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans' access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS).. The new MASS technology will help improve access to care for Veterans by providing schedulers with state-of-the-art, management-based scheduling […]
  • VA Implements Second Phase of Choice Card Program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility.
  • VA To Hold Small Business Engagement in Atlanta Next Month
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with other federal agencies and partners, will sponsor the 4th annual National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE), December 9-11, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.
  • VA's Center for Women Veterans Partners with the Center for American Women and Politics
    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Center for Women Veterans (Center) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to increase women Veterans' leadership and career opportunities, which will […]
  • Antique tractor owners raising money for OCW
    A group of antique tractor owners in Nebraska will again drive across the state to raise funds for Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW).In June 2014, the nine-day, 425-mile Tractor Relay Across Nebraska generated $4,300 for The American Legion’s OCW program. That was the group’s third annual trek across Nebraska and the first time they raised money […]
  • Legion to participate in VA's small biz engagement
    The American Legion will attend and man an outreach table at the Department of Veterans Affair’s 2014 National Veterans Small Business Engagement Dec. 9-11 in Atlanta. This event will expand opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) to build partnerships and maximize opportunities in the federal and commercial marketplace.The American Legion provides training and VA verification […]
  • Refinance your VA home loan
    Many American families are still struggling to afford home loans made at the peak of the housing bubble. The good news, for veterans with VA home loans, is that relief is available through the VA. The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) allows homeowners with mortgages through the VA to refinance their mortgage to […]
  • Seven steps to finding a better job
    From Military.com Suppose "David" - not a real person - was a project manager for a hardware manufacturer on the California Peninsula when he was laid off in July 2010. He was relieved, because he wasn't sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life in high tech. But when David, 37, entered my […]
  • Veterans food convoy delivers gratitude
    Over the past 32 years, the Department of Idaho American Legion family has provided three state veterans homes with nearly $1.5 million in food and monetary donations. The longstanding tradition started in 1982 when then department commander Frank Dalton declared the “Veterans Food Convoy” his commander’s project, donating $8,000 in food in its first year […]
  • Veterans Day Deals 2014
    Dorothy Mock
    I am extremely disturbed by the recurring reports from the field as well as the media’s portrayal of the VFW as an organization that is comprised of old and out of touch veterans who would rather drink in a dimly lit canteen than open their doors to our younger veterans. The VFW’s mission is far […]
    Randi Law
  • VFW Election Day Advice
    The House and Senate overwhelming passed an emergency funding package in late July to help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome its nationwide crisis in care and confidence. H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, was passed in the House by a vote of 420-5, and in the Senate by 91-3.
    Randi Law
  • VFW Hosts Leadership Summit to Benefit Student Veterans
    The VFW will host the 2014 Student Veterans of America (SVA) Leadership Summit Oct. 2-4 in Kansas City. The VFW’s involvement with the upcoming summit is in keeping with its commitment to ensuring America’s student veterans have the tools and support needed to succeed in their education endeavors.
    Darcie Jones
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliaries are rolling into the Show Me State this weekend to elect new leadership and to approve resolutions that will guide the national organization’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and its veteran and military support […]
    Randi Law
  • Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq
    U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
  • Face of Defense: Native American Vets Celebrate Heritage
    As the smell of white sage wafted through the air and the sun slowly climbed the sky, the spiritual adviser blessed the circle and the drummers took their place at the two-day Native American Veterans Association's Annual Veteran's Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow-wow here.
  • Hagel Focused on Defense Mission, Kirby Says
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.
  • Hagel: Celebrate Safely During the Holiday Season
    It's important to think and act with safety in mind when celebrating the holidays with friends and family, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message to service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families.

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Study: Volunteer work could help vets’ careers

Board upholds VA’s firing of Talton

McCain Emerges As Pentagon’s Last Hope To Avert Sequester

Dempsey: Military policy faces challenges in an era without secrets

Sheriffs: Obama Amnesty Is ‘Destruction of Our Democracy,’ ‘Gaping Hole’ for Terrorists

VA severs ties with embattled contractor that sought to ‘assassinate’ official’s character

Veterans’ suicides prove VA must improve services, mothers testify

Here come the lawsuits! Courts likely destination for Obama immigration plan

Obama acts on immigration, announcing decision to defer deportations of 4 million

American Legion: Obama putting ‘amnesty’ above national security

The American Legion gives thumbs down to Obama’s immigration plans

Legion Remains Firm On Immigration

VA moving forward with mobile app to schedule appointments

Whistleblower complaint filed against St. Pete VA office

Neck injections a viable treatment for PTSD, researchers say

Levin backs Pentagon proposals to cut benefits

Dem leadership fight frustrates veterans advocates

Dempsey Calls for Budget Increase, Flexibility

VA suicide overhaul bill gets push in Congress

Study: Telemedicine helps treat PTSD in vets

Advocates paint differing pictures of the state of religion in the military

GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

Lawsuit challenges ‘under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

Before Buying New Scheduling System, VA Plans to Kick the Tires

DoD, VA suicide prevention efforts on Capitol Hill

Hampton Roads Good For Veterans To Earn Degree

Thornberry Picked As Next House Armed Services Chairman

NATO Leader Sees ‘Serious Military Buildup’ In Ukraine

GAO: Vets’ data still at risk due to unaddressed VA security weaknesses

Experts discuss helping veterans manage PTSD

Hagel views integration of women into combat units as civil rights issue

More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option

Wilmington VA officials field tough questions from veterans

Detention at Guantanamo grinds on: 13 years and counting, 148 captives remain

Hagel urges more base closures, troop benefit cuts

Veterans lash out at Memphis VA during town hall meeting

Missing debate on defense bill frustrates advocates

Oxygen Therapy No Better Than Placebo For Treating Concussion, Study Finds

Hagel defends DOD’s Ebola mission

Missouri governor activates National Guard, declares state of emergency

More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option

Marine’s mom plans to sue VA over son’s death

Poor Suicide Reporting Risks Lives, Defense Department Watchdog Report Finds

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

Prosecutors troubled by extent of military fraud

Peter Kassig beheaded in Islamic State video; American aid worker latest murder of Westerner

VA aims to be more ‘user-friendly’ with reorganization

New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitals

Disability system for veterans strays far from its official purpose

VA Choice Cards mailed to veterans in Augusta

Past commander has many roles with American Legion in Modesto

American Legion state commander announces affordable assisted living project for veterans

Misbehaving VA Execs Could Lose Some of Their Pension Benefits

Pittsburgh VA director fired for Legionnaires outbreak

Study: Pentagon Could Save Up To $4.4 Billion A Year By Shaking Up Military Retirement Pay

Miller To VA: ‘I’m Perplexed And Disappointed’ By The Slow Pace Of Reform

84 servicemembers return from West Africa Ebola mission; to be isolated on Virginia base

Iraq force authorization reopens debate on war

VA allowing executives extra time to challenge firings

Hagel to order nuke force overhaul to fix failures

Pentagon reconsidering ground troops as Islamic State, al Qaeda join forces

Vermont Teddy Bear launches new line of bears to help American Legion programs

One in Six Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Might Have PTSD

Pentagon: Funding cuts damaging readiness

New military retirement system might be popular, study says

Veterans Affairs Regrets Process Used to Rehire Executive After Fatal Incident

Did f-bombs ruin The Concert for Valor?

Too Many Military, Veteran Families Struggling Financially

NATO Sees ‘Significant Buildup’ Of Russian Forces In Ukraine

Drones Patrol Half of Mexico Border

DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014

US Army tries to identify soldiers most likely to commit suicide

Legion’s First Female Executive Director ‘Looking Forward’ With VA

American Legion commander announces affordable assisted living project for veterans

Massive VA Health Overhaul Announced

American Legion is Indy’s link to the national anthem

After VA scandal, new American Legion director sees wait times and service improving

Issues Facing Veterans

Veterans Affairs tries to move forward

VA head outlines fix for troubled agency

Legion sees hurdles amid the progress at VA

Is the New VA Secretary Already Losing His Luster?

‘They need to be fired’: American Legion says VA not acting quickly enough to get rid of bad VA officials

Veterans groups throughout the region seek new younger members

ICE lawyer’s lawsuit exposes how feds release illegals

Forcing females into combat is real ‘war on women’

Concert for Valor: Massive concert shines spotlight on veterans’ issues

‘We salute you:’ WWII veterans honored at DC memorial event

Stars urge greater involvement in veterans affairs

Marine pullout offers preview of what US leaves behind for Afghan troops

American Legion’s new director decries harassment in military, VA problems

American Legion poppies a fitting symbol on Veterans Day

Unbroken Line of Vets Keeps America Free, Biden Says

Group urges lawmakers to hire more veterans

America Marks Veterans Day With Parades and Speeches

5 ways to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day

Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies

8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day

Hilton Worldwide looking to hire 10,000 veterans over the next 5 years

America’s Most Beloved Veterans

Pentagon sex assault survey raises doubts of accuracy

S. Korea fires warning shots near N. Korea border

Obama Urges Americans to Honor Vets Through Care, Support

Obstacles Limit Targets And Pace Of Strikes On ISIS

Five Myths: Military Suicides

Iraqi officials say IS leader wounded in airstrike

Republican control of Congress could mean more military spending

Needing to Hire, Chief of V.A. Tries to Sell Doctors on Change

Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent

Justice Department’s influence in VA cases up for debate

Why Navy SEALs Are Supposed to Keep Their Mouths Shut

Quality of vet education, for-profit college controversy could be clarified by new data

Former US Rep Lane Evans, veterans advocate, dies

Private-sector task force suggests VA reforms

VA calls for more money for patient care

CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq

1st ‘Choice Cards’ Go To 320,000 Veterans Living Far From VA Care

American Fighter Jets Carry Out Series Of Airstrikes Against Qaeda Cell In Syria

Report: More than 600 troops reported Iraq chemical weapons exposure



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