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Brielle Robinson, daughter of the late Army Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson, joins veterans advocacy groups, activists, politicians and fellow victims’ families during a news conference about military burn pits legislation outside the U.S. Capitol on March 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden has said burn pits — which incinerated medical and hazard material, jet fuel and other substances — were one of the many dangers U.S. soldiers faced during deployments. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 28, 2022

The VA is hiring more employees to provide health care and process applications. But a short-term backlog still is expected.

Members of American Legion Post 21 in Philadelphia speak with City Coucilmember Kenyatta Johnson (Philadelphia Tribune photo).

Already a community pillar, Philly American Legion post looks to its next century of service

BY: - September 26, 2022

Leaders are using a $100,000 city council grant to refurbish the post at 6400 Paschall Ave. in southwest Philadelphia.

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 11, 2022

Republicans have sharply criticized the VA for changing its longstanding no-abortions policy, with some pledging to keep the status quo.

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President Joe Biden applauds Brielle Robinson, daughter of the late Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson, after signing the PACT Act on Aug. 10, 2022. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Law providing health care to burn pit victims ends a decades-old injustice | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2022

Most important, the PACT Act removes the burden of proof and gives veterans the benefit of doubt at a time of desperate need.

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

BY: and - August 2, 2022

The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, in heat and rain, by veterans outraged at the delay in passage of the $280 billion measure due to objections from Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. Veterans advocacy groups were intensely critical of the delay as well.

U.S. Senate fails to advance burn pits bill for veterans in dispute over spending

BY: - July 28, 2022

Some members had objected because the federal government would pay for the bill’s $278.5B cost through mandatory rather than discretionary spending.

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Want to really honor Pa. veterans? Pass a red flag law | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 17, 2022

About 17 veterans die by suicide every day, mainly by firearms. The laws save lives and preserve due process.

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 16, 2022

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against the bill, saying it '[substituted] Congress’ political judgment in place of available evidence.'Je

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage

BY: - June 9, 2022

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against letting the bill clear a key, procedural hurdle.

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Pa. House bill hikes cost of birth, death certificates to fight veteran suicides | Thursday Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2022

The cost of the vital documents would rise by $2 under a plan circulated by a Lehigh Valley lawmaker.

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Pa. awards $800K in grant money to help veterans find jobs | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 10, 2022

The Keystone State has the the fourth-largest veteran population in the nation, officials said.

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On being a veteran in 2021, and how we can help the veterans of tomorrow | Charles D. Allen

BY: - November 11, 2021

The Defense Department must keep the faith with military members and their families by preparing for their inevitable return to society.