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Legion Commander Call to Action: Open the VA to ALL WWII Veterans!
Those who made the Greatest Generation truly great are nearly gone. According to VA’s 2019 statistics, of the 16 million U.S. veterans who served during World War II, less than four hundred thousand remain. Most of these veterans are already using VA services – The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics notes that in 2016 VA’s benefits utilization rate for male World War II veterans was 73.6% and 67.3% for female veterans.

You can recognize these remaining heroes with actions far more meaningful than words. The Veterans Health Care Eligibility Act of 1996 exempted all veterans who served during the Mexican Border Period and World War I from the means test required to enter the VA health care system. It is time to do the same for our World War II veterans.

The American Legion has spoken loudly in support of this proposal. Delegates at our 2017 National Convention in Reno, Nev., unanimously passed a resolution calling for an amendment to the 1996 law which would open access for these elderly veterans.

Contact your Senators today to tell them to open the VA system to ALL WWII veterans!
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