American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|March 23, 2009
WVOX 1460 AM WVOX.com
Sons of the American Legion Radio Report
National Media Relations Director
Re Defeat of proposal to charge Private Health Insurance
for Military Service Related Treatment of Veterans
Provided by VA.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Appointments to the
Military Service Academies
Mt. Pleasant Town Hall
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Congresswoman Nita Lowey with Westchester students
nominated to attend one of the military service academies.
See prior webpage for full listing of Westchester County
Nominations to the US Military Service Academies
Craig Roberts, Media Relations Director, The American Legion
After completing his second year of college in 1966, Craig Roberts yielded to
youthful impatience to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy.
Inspired by two WWII Navy pilot uncles, he took with him a strong desire to
follow their military careers. Craig was fortunate enough to be accepted into
the service’s Naval Aviation Cadet program. Assignments to the Aviation
Officer Candidate School, then primary and advanced flight training
squadrons, culminated in his being “winged” as a Naval Aviator two years later.
Craig remained on active duty until 1978 when he returned to civilian life, re-
entered college and earned a degree from the University of Missouri School of
Journalism. For most of the succeeding 30 years, Craig pursued a career as
a broadcast and print journalist, mostly in the United Kingdom and Western
Europe. He is the author of numerous magazine articles on aviation history and
other topics and is a long time member of the Aviation/Space Writers
Association. Craig is also a proud member of the Military Officers Association
of America and The American Legion, where he works as the organization’s
Media Relations Director.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey greets Sons of the American Legion
New York State Vice Commander Kenneth G. Kraetzer during
American Legion DC Conference Capital Hill visits on March 2nd.
Obama Drops Controversial Health Care Plan for Wounded Veterans
President Obama will not advance a plan to require private insurance
carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs for the
treatment of troops injured in service.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
President Obama, after an uproar by veterans groups, has scrapped a
plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of
Veterans Affairs for the treatment of troops injured in service.
"In considering the third-party billing issue, the administration was
seeking to maximize the resources available for veterans," White House
press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday in a written statement.
"However, the president listened to concerns raised by the [veteran
service organizations] that this might, under certain circumstances,
affect veterans' and their families' ability to access health care.
"Therefore, the president has instructed that its consideration be
dropped," Gibbs said.
Obama met with 11 veterans service organizations on Monday and
explained his plan to increase funding for Veterans Affairs by $25 billion
over five years and bring more than 500,000 eligible veterans of modest
income into the VA health care system by 2013.
But the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans group, said the
president's plan would have increased premiums, made insurance
unaffordable for veterans and imposed a massive hardship on military
families. It could have also prevented small businesses from hiring
veterans who have large health care needs, the group said.
The American Legion applauded Obama's decision to drop the plan on
"We are glad that President Obama listened to the strong objections
raised by The American Legion and veterans everywhere about this
unfair plan," Cmdr. David K. Rehbein of the American Legion said. "We
thank the administration for its proposed increase in the VA budget and
we are always available to assist by providing guidance to ensure a
veterans health are system that is worthy of the heroes that use it."
The American Legion wants the existing system to remain in place.
Service-related injuries currently are treated and paid for by the
government. The American Legion has proposed that Medicare
reimburse the VA for the treatment of veterans.