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2011-03-24 07:20:00

American Legion survey finds gender-specific VA medical services lacking in many areas WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 40 percent of female veterans surveyed by The American Legion about VA health care were dissatisfied with the screening process for military sexual trauma. Among those, 26 percent said they were "very dissatisfied" with the screening process, which mandates that all enrolled veterans are universally screened for military sexual trauma. (Photo:...

2011-03-21 14:45:00

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When the United States' most hallowed cemetery was rocked with scandal in 2010, Secretary of the Army John McHugh established a hierarchy to make sure incidents like graves being mismarked and unmarked, burial urns being unearthed and dumped out, and millions of dollars being mismanaged never happens again. A key player in that hierarchy, Kathryn Condon, pledged to The American Legion today that she'll do everything in her power to...

2011-03-18 15:18:00

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion will offer a free health screening for veterans during its 51st annual Washington Conference at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel. Medical staff from the D.C. VA Medical Center will conduct the screening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 21, inside the hotel located at 999 9th St. NW (two blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop). Services provided at the screening include blood pressure and cholesterol...

2011-03-15 09:29:00

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion will hold its 51st annual Washington Conference, with its national commander, Jimmie Foster, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki among the guest speakers. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel. On March 17, the conference kicks off with a Heroes To Hometowns Career Fair, put together by the Legion's Economic Division and cosponsored by Recruit Military. The next day, the Economic Division...

2011-03-02 14:16:00

INDIANAPOLIS, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following today's 8 to 1 decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the legal right of the Westboro Baptist Church to stage anti-gay protests at military funerals, the leader of The American Legion expressed disappointment. The court's ruling was a defeat for Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in 2006. "While we understand the Supreme Court ruling and we appreciate the sanctity of freedom of speech, we are very...

2011-03-02 11:46:00

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Testifying before Congress today on the Department of Veterans Affairs fiscal 2012 budget proposal, The American Legion called upon VA to "treat the root" of the disability claims backlog problem. At a hearing today, American Legion Legislative Director Tim Tetz told members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee that VA's disability claims system "is broken because VA places undue stress on the number of claims processed, and...

2011-02-22 11:35:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs acted swiftly and correctly to temporarily suspend surgeries earlier this month at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis after stains and water spots were noticed on some medical trays and one surgical instrument, American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster said today. "The spots were reported to hospital officials by an employee acting diligently on more stringent self-monitoring...

2011-02-18 10:04:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a congressional hearing Feb. 17, The American Legion urged Congress to invest wisely in key infrastructure areas, such as construction and vital research, in VA's fiscal 2012 budget. Currently, VA is asking for $590 million in major construction and $550 million in minor construction. The amount falls far short of the $2 billion recommended to Congress last September by American Legion National Commander Jimmie Foster. Tim Tetz,...

2011-02-15 09:32:00

WASHINGTON, Feb 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Good, bad, but not ugly," was how The American Legion's national commander characterized the Obama administration VA budget recommendations for 2012. "First the good," National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said today. "There is much to like in this budget. The administration actually exceeded our expectations in total medical care by $4.3 billion. The $54 billion that the administration wants to spend in VA medical care alone would help...

2011-02-04 13:09:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Indiana American Legion has reacted sharply to the vote by the Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee to drastically reduce the long-standing Indiana veterans' benefit commonly referred to as 'Remission of Fees.' The strictly party line vote, with eight Republicans voting for the measure and four Democrats voting against, came February 3, in a hearing in which representatives of major Veterans Service Organizations voiced the...