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Veterans Benefits Information

V.A. Wait Times Now Shorter Than for Private Doctors

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By 2017, mean wait time at V.A. hospitals had gone down 17.7 days, while rising to 29.8 for private practitioners.

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Veterans outreach coming to California

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American Legion national staff is teaming up with Department of California Legionnaires for a veterans outreach and district revitalization effort Jan. 26-27 in the Humboldt County area. All wartime veterans in the area are invited to the post to learn more about American Legion programs and veteran benefits.

The effort will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at Fort Humboldt American Legion Post 212, 1018 H Street, Eureka.

Veteran service officer information will be available to assist all area veterans with claims or other veteran benefit-related questions during these times.

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The American Legion to active-duty Coast Guard personnel: We’re here to help!

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Earlier this week, 41,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard woke up without paychecks in their bank accounts. Since that time, The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance program has received more than 1,000 requests, and additional funds are needed now to continue providing help.

"We are responding as quickly as possible to the outpouring of requests,” American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad said. “The brave members of our Coast Guard risk their lives defending us daily, just like branches of service in the Department of Defense. They should not have to worry about bills and living expenses just because Congress and the White House cannot agree on a budget.”

The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance program is funded through generous donations made by American Legion members and the public to The American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. All donations are tax deductible and can be made online at

These one-time grants of up to $1,500 are made available to eligible active-duty military and American Legion members in need, who have minor children in the home, to help to meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses to keep their children in a stable environment during a time of hardship.

“We are asking all Americans and businesses that are not financially impacted by this government furlough to make a donation to The American Legion so we can help as many U.S. Coast Guard and veteran families as possible during this crisis and the next,” Reistad added. “Please donate at because no one deserves our help more than our nation’s heroes.”

The American Legion is also urging all Americans to contact their elected officials in the House of Representatives to demand immediate passage of H.R. 367, the Pay Our Coast Guard Act, so it can quickly be passed by the Senate and sent to President Trump to be signed into law. To speak to your member of Congress and support getting the U.S. Coast Guard paid, call 202-224-3121.

Any U.S. Coast Guard personnel interested in applying for The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance program should go to for more information.

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Yoga and Veterans: A Different Kind of Warrior

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Many members of the military now include yoga — often taught by veterans — as an element of their workout routine, and veterans turn to the practice for therapeutic applications.

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The American Legion, Still Relevant

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The group’s national commander offers perspective on a news article.

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