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VA budget request snags veterans health bill
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,
Today, I want to share with you a joint statement regarding the inappropriate posturing by members of Congress following a request made by Sloan Gibson, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Gibson requested emergency funding of $17.6 billion to help repair access problems for veterans seeking VA health care.
What follows is a joint statement from myself representing The American Legion, Stewart Hickey, executive director of AMVETS (American Veterans), and Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer of Concerned Veterans for America:
"Regardless of the merits, a last-minute VA request for $17.6 billion dollars in additional spending only hampers an already difficult VA conference committee negotiating process. Both the House and Senate VA reform bills that passed were centered on two things—accountability and access. It is disgraceful and utterly painful to see bipartisan efforts erode and lawmakers lose sight of what's important. Negotiations, which should happen in public, not behind closed doors, must stay focused on ensuring VA leadership is held accountable and veterans have timely access to care. All other discussions only undermine a critically important process.
"We urge Congress to take immediate action to regain their focus on ensuring the VA Secretary exercises their authority to hold management and staff accountable for their inappropriate behavior, and immediately stop the corruption and mismanagement within the VA. Before asking for more money, the VA must start making good on the nation's promise to its honored veterans."
For God and Country,
Dan Dellinger National Commander
Dan Dellinger National Commander The American Legion
American Legion backs VA on disability claims on toxic waste exposure
WASHINGTON (January 13, 2017) – The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization expressed appreciation Friday after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a decision to provide disability benefits
to veterans suffering from eight deadly diseases connected to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
"Veterans have waited long enough for treatment and proper care in the area of environmental health," American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt said. "Those who have served at Camp Lejeune and are
now suffering from illnesses linked to contamination cannot be left to confront these diseases as if they were not in any way connected to their time on base. We are here to see this does not happen."
Groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune was stated specifically in American Legion Resolution No. 118, passed unanimously by delegates at the 98th National Convention in Cincinn…
Affidavit Required in December In late 2013 the state legislature and the governor enacted Public Act 161 of 2013, the Disabled Veterans Exemption. This act gives qualifying disabled veterans or their unremarried surviving spouses a property tax exemption for their primary residence in Michigan. For some qualifying veterans, not having to pay their property taxes could mean the difference of staying in their current home or having to move. Summary of Benefits The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be mailing out to all veterans who receive benefits their ‘summary of benefits’ letter in the month of November and December. The veteran will need that summary along with Michigan Treasury Form 5107. The surviving unremarried spouse will need to provide the last summary of benefits letter or other documentation showing the qualifying veterans status at time of death and Form 5107. To Be Done Annually Every city tax assessor may have a different procedure for applying, but the informat…
Dear American Legion department and national leaders:
Improvement projects at American Legion posts and necessary home repairs for veterans in need are eligible to receive grants from The Home Depot Foundation, a longtime supporter of The American Legion. The Home Depot Foundation announced at National Convention last summer that it is dedicating no less than $1 million for American Legion projects throughout the country.
The Home Depot Foundation grants provide American Legion posts with funds and volunteer help to fix the little things that make huge differences: weatherizing windows, insulating attics, interior and exterior painting, installing new ceiling tiles, replacing fans and replacing flooring. Additionally, these grants provide an opportunity for Legion posts to aid veterans in need of home repairs. For one example, on Veterans Day, The Home Depot volunteers made repairs to the St. Louis home of a Vietnam War veteran. A similar effort made a life-changing differen…