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Legion supports wounded vets' job security

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American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster wrote a letter July 22 to Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, supporting his "Wounded Veteran Job Security Act" draft legislation.

If passed, the bill would prohibit discrimination and acts of reprisal by employers against veterans who must temporarily leave their jobs to receive treatment for service-connected illnesses, injuries and disabilities. The measure would further strengthen provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Passed by Congress in 1994, USERRA protects the rights of servicemembers to be reemployed after returning from active duty, including reserve or National Guard members.

"It was the intent of Congress by enacting USERRA," Foster wrote in his letter, "that no veteran be denied employment, reemployment, advancement or discrimination in employment for serving their country.

"Servicemembers who honorably defend their country depend on USERRA to protect their civilian jobs when they are activated and sent to war. This amendment to USERRA will enhance that protection."

Joe Sharpe, the Legion's Economic Division director, said that Doggett's proposed bill addresses an inequity that has long existed in the work force. "We need this protection for our disabled veterans, to make sure they aren't being treated unfairly by their employers. These men and women have sacrificed enough already for their country. They don't need to be harassed in the work place for making those sacrifices."

Doggett's bill has yet to be introduced in the House of Representatives for consideration.

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Military Service Requirements for VA Loan Eligibility

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Wartime - Service During:

  • WWII: 9/16/1940 to 7/25/1947
  • Korean: 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955
  • Vietnam: 8/5/1964 to 5/7/1975

You must have at least 90 days on active duty and been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.  If you served less than 90 days, you may be eligible if discharged for a service connected disability. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 07:39

Eligibility for the VA Home Loan Program

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Who's Eligible for a VA-Backed Loan?

  • Veterans
  • Active duty personnel
  • Reservists/National Guard members
  • Some surviving spouses 
Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:37

Eligibility for the VA Home Loan Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How do I apply for a VA guaranteed loan?

A: You can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. At some point, you will need to get a Certificate of Eligibility from VA to prove to the lender that you are eligible for a VA loan.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 August 2010 09:45

Board of Veterans' Appeals

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The Board of Veterans' Appeals (also known as "BVA" or "the Board") is a part of the VA, located in Washington, D.C.

Members of the Board review benefit claims determinations made by local VA offices and issue decision on appeals.  These Law Judges, attoneys experienced in veterans law and in reviewing benefit claims, are the only ones who can issue Board decisions.  Staff attorneys, also trained in veterans law, review the facts of each appeal and assist the Board members.   {38 U.S.C. §§ 7103, 7104} 


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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at