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2011-05-24 16:11:00

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is standing by its call for benefits to be awarded to Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War who are suffering health problems associated with exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. The Legion's reaffirmation of its position comes in the wake of a new report on the issue from the private, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. As it stands, health-care benefit and...

2011-05-13 16:13:00

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a legal opinion published this week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals harshly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for "unchecked incompetence," in its handling of veterans' benefits claims, specifically those relating to mental health issues. The critical review was rendered as the San Francisco court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a class action suit filed by the nonprofit "Veterans for Common Sense" and...

2011-05-13 08:24:00

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion applauds the House Armed Services Committee for approving a defense budget bill Thursday morning that, while allowing for modest increases in TRICARE premiums for working-age retirees, restricts the Department of Defense's (DOD's) ability to raise fees in the future. TRICARE is the military health insurance program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, military career retirees and...

2011-04-29 14:50:00

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is supporting proposed legislation that, if enacted, would require records on military sexual trauma (MST) incidents to remain permanently filed by the Department of Defense. The proposed Support for Survivors Act (S.658) addresses the fact that reports and records relating to incidents of sexual assault or harassment are not filed permanently and often destroyed later. Without documentary evidence, a victim of MST...

2011-04-28 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an April 27 briefing by Department of Defense official George Taylor, Jr., The American Legion learned the agency is recommending a TRICARE premium increase tied to the National Healthcare Expenditure (NHE) Index. Taylor, DoD's acting principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs, said the decision was made to use the NHE Index because it was transparent, easy to understand and "fair." DoD plans to recommend that Congress...

2011-04-28 00:00:29

SHOUT! Celebrating Women Veterans through the Arts May 5th - 7th San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 27, 2011 The veteran's rights organization Swords to Plowshares is hosting its third annual arts festival to honor women veterans. The event, SHOUT! Celebrating Women Veterans through the Arts is a unique three-day event designed to raise awareness about the experiences of women veterans, engage the veteran community and explore the intersections of art, community and healing...

2011-04-27 08:20:00

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of The American Legion is urging the organization's members to push for congressional support of a bill that, if enacted, would allow military veterans to use their Medicare benefits at VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) medical facilities. The bill, H.R. 814, was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), ranking minority member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and longtime supporter of veterans....

2011-04-11 11:25:00

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A narrowly averted government shutdown last week would have caused America's men and women in uniform to go without their paychecks. The American Legion is calling upon Congress to ensure that the well-being of servicemembers is never threatened again by a budget crisis. "It is inconceivable that our federal government nearly held up the pay of men and women who are fighting and dying for this country," said The American Legion...

2011-04-07 10:52:00

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a shutdown of the federal government imminent, The American Legion wants Congress and the White House to ensure that all active-duty service members will receive their full paychecks - uninterrupted and without delays. "We know that Secretary Gates has promised our troops that they'll keep getting paid if the government shuts down, but receiving it in the form of back pay is not good enough," said Jimmie L. Foster, national...

2011-03-30 11:24:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Snyder's-Lance Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: LNCE) will partner with the Armed Forces Foundation (Foundation) beginning in May. This relationship with the Foundation will add to Snyder's-Lance's commitment to support military causes. The nationwide military initiative will support the Foundation's mission of promoting the morale, welfare and quality of life of those within the United States armed forces community, including members of the military and...