Veteran Benefits

Miller Faults VBA 'Retaliatory' Tactics vs. Legion

Judge bangs his gavel.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., pulled no punches in a Feb. 14 letter sent to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki. He accused the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) of obstructing the work of an American Legion team of experts during its recent visit to the Seattle VA Regional Office. The Jan. 21-24 visit was part of the L... more

American Legion Launches TBI/PTSD Survey

Ex-DoD Cop's Case Shows Murky Reality for PTSD Sufferers

Veterans who suffer from either condition are urged to participate in the Legion's month-long survey online WASHINGTON – The American Legion is encouraging veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to participate in its online survey during the month of February. The country's largest organization o... more

Benefits for "Gray-Area" Military Retirees

Retired veteran saluting soldiers.

Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to collect their retired pay are considered to be in a "Gray Area." This table shows your "gray area" benefits compared to the "full" (active duty retiree) benefits which you and your family will begin to receive or be eligible for upon receipt or retir... more

Overview of VA Pensions

Retired veteran saluting soldiers.

Low-income wartime Veterans may qualify for pension if they meet certain service, income and net worth limits set by law; are age 65 or older, permanently and totally disabled, a patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, or receiving Supplemental Security Income. Generally, a Vetera... more

Appeals Process for Veterans' Claims Uncertain

Alan Lance Sr.

In its current condition, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims can handle its caseload. But a judge on that court with close ties to The American Legion told Legionnaires at the 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., that things are changing. Past National Commander Alan Lance, Sr., a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for... more

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