WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion hosted a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and representatives from more than 30 other veterans service organizations today to address concerns and lay out top priorities leading into the new administration. The veteran-focused meeting was the first of its kind held between Trump's team and any outside organization. American Legion Executive Director Verna Jones, affirmed the commitment of veteran service organizations to advocate for those who have "borne the battle" - veterans from all eras. The American Legion co-authored a three-point position paper along with executive leadership of the Big Six Congressionally chartered service organizations, supporting the Trump administration's efforts to strengthen, reform and sustain the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, remove budget constraints that negatively impact veteran-centered programs, and reform the VA's claims and appeals process. "The American Legion would like the Trump administration to know that we value our Department of Veterans Affairs," said Jones. "Dollar-for-dollar, there is no better care or value available anywhere in the United States - period. While we will always support strong and expeditious accountability measures for bad actors, the institution of the Department that was designed to care for those who have borne the battle is sacrosanct, and it belongs to the more than 22 million veterans who risked their lives in defense of this country, many of whom left significant pieces of themselves on the battlefield." Additionally, The American Legion initiated a call-to-action on fairly new Legion priorities - support of research related to the impacts of medical marijuana and the Drug Enforcement Administration's reclassification of cannabis from a Schedule I drug to Schedule III. Reclassification of the drug would allow easier access to pure strains of the substance to cultivate quantifiable research and statistics regarding marijuana's medical benefits.