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Verna Jones, Executive Director, American Legion

This Veterans Day will be one of transition at the Veterans Affairs Department. New secretary Bob McDonald has taken steps to minimize delays at veterans health centers across the country and show he's holding employees accountable. Now he wants to embark on a major reorganization of the department. One of the people watching closely is Verna Jones, the new executive director of the American Legion. Jones tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp that she sees progress at the VA but there's still so much more to improve.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , Bob McDonald , Verna Jones , Emily Kopp , workforce

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:16am EST
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Legion sees hurdles amid the progress at VA

Six month after the American Legion led the call for then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, Executive Director Verna Jones says she has no regrets. "We got it right," she said. "Because of that change, things are happening." Fewer veterans are waiting weeks for appointments, but Jones sees much that needs improvement at the VA.

Tags: Verna Jones , Veterans Affairs Department , veterans , Emily Kopp

Friday - 11/07/2014, 04:05pm EST
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Dan Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

President Obama has signed a big Veterans Affairs Department reform bill into law. No group will be watching what happens next more than the nation's military veterans. Dan Dellinger is national commander of the American Legion. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what they're looking for when it comes to the new law.

Tags: VA , VA overhaul bill , Congress , veterans , Dan Dellinger ,

Friday - 08/08/2014, 08:33am EDT
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Daniel Dellinger, National Commander, American Legion

Tha nation's largest veterans' service organization created a stir yesterday when it called for the resignations of the VA's top three officials: Secretary Eric Shinseki, Undersecretary for Benefits Alison Hickey and Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzel. Daniel Dellinger, the national commander of the American Legion, told In Depth with Francis Rose he and most other veterans groups have long supported the current leadership team. But recent media reports about preventable deaths in the VA health care system were too much to take.

Tags: Daniel Dellinger , Eric Shinseki , VA , In Depth

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 12:58pm EDT
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American Legion calls for VA Secretary, two others to resign

The organization says a series of whistleblowers and investigative reports show a "pattern of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership" among VA senior leaders. This is the first time in more than 30 years the American Legion has called for the removal of a public official.

Tags: management , Daniel Delinger , VA , Eric Shinseki , Robert Petzel , Allison Hickey , oversight , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Congress , Jackie Walorski , Jason Miller

Monday - 05/05/2014, 04:51pm EDT

On DoD: Leadership skills for veterans, VA's disability backlog and DoD's change to GSA schedules

On this week's On DoD, Jared Serbu talks to Eric Jeffries, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Exelis; Zachary Hearn, the deputy director for benefits at the American Legion; and Alan Chvotkin, vice president at the Professional Services Council.

Tags: Jared Serbu , On DoD , DoD , Erica Jeffries , Exelis , Veterans Affairs , Zachary Hearn , Alan Chvotkin , Professional Services Council , GSA , GSA schedules

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:12pm EDT
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VA's disability claims backlog down by 44 percent, but problems remain

The Department of Veterans Affairs believes it is on track to end its disability claims backlog by 2015. It's an uphill fight, considering that more than half of its claims have been waiting for at least four months, and appeals take an average of more than two years.

Tags: DoD , Department of Veterans Affairs , disability claims backlog , Eric Shinseki , Zachary Hearn , House Appropriations Committee , management , Veterans Benefit Management System , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 04:53am EDT
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Veteran employment and entrepreneurship

The American Legion's Mark Walker and Phillip Selleh from the VA Business Accelerator will discuss programs and initiatives to help veterans find jobs.
October 4, 2013

Tags: workforce , veteran hiring , veteran owned businesses , Department of Veterans Affairs , Mark Walker , Phillip Selleh , VA Accelerator Program , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 10/04/2013, 10:16pm EDT
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Veteran employment and entrepreneurship

The American Legion's Mark Walker and Phillip Selleh from the VA Business Accelerator will discuss programs and initiatives to help veterans find jobs.
September 13, 2013

Tags: workforce , veteran hiring , veteran-owned business , Department of Veterans Affairs , Mark Walker , Phillip Selleh , VA Accelerator Program , Derrick Dortch , Fed Access

Friday - 09/13/2013, 10:16pm EDT
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VA 'surge' closes out 97 percent of oldest disability claims

The Veterans Affairs Department made it a top priority earlier this year to handle all disability claims from veterans who've been waiting two years or longer. The department mostly succeeded in its two-month surge operation, but serious questions linger about the sustainability of the backlog elimination effort.

Tags: Thomas Murphy , Eric Shinseki , Peter Gaytan , Anthony Principi , Jeff Miller , Jared Serbu , management , claims backlog , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Concerned Veterans for America ,

Friday - 06/21/2013, 05:30am EDT
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