American Legion honors Oliver North with National PR Award

The nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization honored Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), with its highest public relations award during its 96th national convention here today. Host of Fox News’ “War Stories” and author of several books about military men and women at war, North was presented the National Commander’s Public […]

The American Legion Honors Armed Forces Servicemembers for Volunteer Efforts

Representatives from the five armed services were honored today by the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ organization. The American Legion presented the Spirit of Service award to U.S. Army Specialist Cassandra Rousayne, U.S. Army Medical Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class (SW) Porfirio Pimentel, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, Gulfport, Mississippi; U.S. […]

Secretary Robert A. McDonald’s Remarks for the American Legion’s 96th Annual Convention

Dan Dellinger, American Legion National President, thanks for that kind introduction—and thank you all for your warm welcome. Let me first recognize your national leadership: Dan Wheeler, Adjutant; Peter Gaytan, Executive Director; your National Vice Commanders, Paul Dillard, Southeast; Robert Newman, Central; William Rakestraw, Northeast; Wayne Satrom, Midwest; and, Douglas Wooddell, Western Region; your Auxiliary […]

HUD, VA, AND USICH Announce 33% Drop in Veteran Homelessness Since 2010

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a […]

VA Outlines Actions Taken to Improve Access to Care, Implement Recommendations from the Office of Inspector General

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and […]

VA Moves to Streamline Identification of Rural Land Areas

In order to more accurately identify and serve rural Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is improving the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas. “The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to providing high quality health care to Veterans when and where they need it, including rural and highly […]

Restoring Your VA Entitlement

The benefits of a VA home loan are many. The rates on VA loans are as competitive as any other, don’t have monthly mortgage insurance, reduced closing costs and oh let’s don’t forget there is no down payment required. Quite a deal, right? For those who have never used their VA home loan benefit to […]