The official blog of American Veteran Magazine, the national quarterly publication of AMVETS.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

This Week at American Veteran

This week at American Veteran, we will continue to follow Post-9/11 G.I. Bill implementation and potential issues for student-veterans around the country. We will also be on hand as Congress reconvenes, with committees set to address critical veterans' issues like advance appropriations for VA health care.

This morning, AMVETS National Executive Director Jim King met with Patrick Dunne, VA's benefits chief and a retired Navy rear admiral, to discuss the new G.I. Bill. AMVETS continues to look for answers on how many veterans have been paid and how VA plans to handle the backlog of claims, while veterans potentially face financial hardships.

This afternoon, King will also meet with House Committee on Veterans Affairs Chairman Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and leaders from the nation's other top veterans' organizations to discuss advance appropriations.

American Veteran is also on hand on the National Mall in Washington this morning, where Indiana AMVETS Post No. 99 is hosting an Honor Flight for Indiana WWII veterans. Post 99 raised $200,000 to finance the third annual Honor Flight, which brings local WWII veterans to the nation's capitol to see the National WWII Memorial and other historic sites around the city.

The deadline for the print edition of American Veteran magazine is quickly approaching, which means we need all Keeping Posted content as soon as possible. If you have any compelling story ideas for the print edition or American Veteran Online, please let us know.

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