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National Commander On PTSD

Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

In 2014, The American Legion conducted a survey of more than 3,000 veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. The results were shocking.

Nearly 60 percent of respondents felt no improvement as a result of their VA treatment plans. Another 30 percent said they terminated their plans because they did not work.

This is not effective treatment. Through countless interactions with veterans and families who deal with PTSD and TBI every day, The American Legion knows that no two cases are the same. No magic pill is going to heal these wounds. Different treatments, some of which are not recognized by VA, have to be provided. Not just pills.

Alternative therapies provide more than hope. They provide real solutions for veterans and their families. Right now, however, the dominant treatment program is drug-based. In the next few years, 1.5 million servicemembers will discharge, up to a third of whom will deal with PTSD. Our nation must prepare for them with something more, and more effective, than another prescription.

Improved treatment for PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma are among the key issues identified in The American Legion’s Legislative Priorities for the 114th Congress. I testified this week before a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, and lawmakers are in full agreement that we all must do better on this front.

I add this issue as one category under the bigger challenge for all of us: transition assistance. Those who are about to leave the service and new veterans alike report that they are poorly prepared for the jump to civilian life. Education, training, employment counseling, business opportunities are all among my highest priorities for the 114th Congress. Other concerns for veterans in transition, of course, are the continuing backlog of VA benefits and inconsistent ability to access VA health-care facilities.

I ask you to look over the Legislative Priorities for the 114th Congress and take time to contact your elected representative and push for improvements. It’s the least we can do for this generation of new veterans who have done such a phenomenal job of keeping foreign terror from our shores since 9/11.

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2015 Department & National Convention

Below are the registration documents for the 2015 Department Convention & National Convention along with hotel information. 

Department Convention 2015

 

National Convention 2015

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New Career Platform

Legion launches new career platform

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 21, 2014) -- The American Legion and its allies in veteran employment and entrepreneurship have launched a new web platform to help those who served in uniform translate military skills to job skills, find employment, start businesses and make successful transitions.

Among the key features of The American Legion’s Veteran Employment Center are:

  • A Veteran Job Search tool, powered by Military.com, which helps veterans find current job listings near them. By entering a ZIP Code, veterans can easily find job listings that fit their skill sets within a chosen distance from home.
  • A series of 10 custom-produced videos to help veterans start and succeed in business. The series, “Veteran Video Guide: Starting and Growing a Business,” is sponsored by ADP and provides guidance from successful veteran entrepreneurs, including members of the Legion’s Business Task Force.
  • A listing of American Legion-sponsored or produced veteran career fairs nationwide, with links to registration sites.
  • Links to important forms, sites and agency platforms that help veterans in the career search, including USAJobs.gov, the federal government’s job-listing site, Department of Labor online tools to understand and calculate Veterans Preference points, and a VA Military Skills Translator.
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Take Action Now

Action Alert: Contact Congress Now!

Protect Military and Student Veterans' Benefits

 

Take Action!

Contact Congress Now!

 

(November 21, 2014)  Last June, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4345, the Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.  The bill rejected the Administration’s request to significantly reduce military compensation, including reducing the troops’ pay raise, increasing TRICARE pharmacy co-pays and reducing the basic housing allowance (BAH) for military personnel.  However, the Senate version of the bill, S. 2410, adopts the proposals to cut military compensation and benefits. 
   
In addition, if Congress chooses to accept the proposal to reduce BAH benefits, the cuts will not only harm tens of thousands of military families, but will also negatively impact student veterans.  The living stipend provided by the G.I. Bill is tied to the military’s BAH; therefore, student veterans will also see a reduction in their benefits if Congress accepts the Pentagon’s proposal.

According to congressional sources tracking the bill, negotiations on the final bill have stalled amid disagreements between House and Senate Armed Services committee leaders over these issues affecting military benefits.

We need your help to ensure Congress knows we want service members’ and veterans’ pay and benefits protected as they negotiate a final version of the defense bill.  All Legionnaires, concerned citizens, veterans and their families are asked to contact their congressional representatives to ask them to sustain a 1.8 percent active duty pay raise, reject cuts to the Basic Allowance for Housing, and reject proposed TRICARE pharmacy co-pay increases.

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