In response to a national crisis, The American Legion went to work, community to community, face to face, one veteran at a time.

Two weeks after the VA Inspector General\'s Office substantiated claims that as many as 40 veterans in Arizona died waiting for medical appointments, The American Legion opened the first of 11 Veterans Crisis Command Centers and Town Hall Meetings in Phoenix.

This report shares the stories of each Veterans Crisis Command Center, where local Legion officials and national staff helped more than 3,000 veterans in both rural and urban areas. On-the-spot retroactive VA benefits amounted to nearly $1 million.