Vietnam Veterans Of America
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Ned D. Foote President
Grant Coates Vice President
Francisco Muniz Secretary
Nick DeLeo Treasurer
Sam Hall Eastern Director
Joe Ingino Southern Director
Nick Valenti Central Director
Mike Walker Western Director
H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act bills are placed on the House and Senate Calendar for floor votes
Vietnam Veterans of America June 1, 2016 Legislative Update: H.R. 1769 and S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 H.R. 1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, introduced by Congressmen Benishek (MI-1) and Honda (CA-17) with 201 cosponsors was reported out of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on May 24 and placed on the House Union Calendar No. 460 for a floor vote.
H.R. 1769 bill legislative language has also been added to Title III Matters Relating to Toxic Exposure in H.R. 5286 the VA Construction and Lease Authorization, Health, and Benefits Enhancement Act introduced by Chairman Miller House Veterans Affairs Chairman on May 19, 2016. S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 introduced in the Senate by Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Richard Blumenthal (CT), with 48 cosponsors, bill legislative language has been included in Title II Subtitle I Research and Toxic Exposure in S.2921, the Veterans First Act introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (GA), Chairman and Richard Blumenthal (CT), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. On May 12, 2016, the Veterans First Act was vote out of the committee and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders Calendar No. 467 for floor vote. S.2921 Veterans First Act (Reported in Senate - RS) [S.2921.RS][PDF] S.2921 has 42 Senate cosponsors.
The House and Senate now stand in recess until June 3, 2016 Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans' service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. In keeping with its founding principle, "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another," VVA aggressively advocates for all veterans
This is a bill we have supported and worked on for two years or more Yea!
APPROVAL MEMORANDUM - No. 1 Chapter 41 MEMORANDUM filed with Senate Bill Number 7160, entitled: "AN ACT to amend the retirement and social security law, in relation to providing credit to members of public retirement systems of the state for military service; and making an appropriation therefor"
I fully support the intent of this bill which honors the men and women who serve our country and hereby approve this bill subject to the Legislature appropriating sufficient funds to pay for the costs associated with it.
This bill is approved. (signed) ANDREW M. CUOMO
Senators Isakson and Blumenthal Unveil Groundbreaking Veterans Legislation to Change Culture at VA Vietnam Veterans of America
- Legislative Update April 29, 2016
The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on Thursday April 28, 2016 introduced the Veterans First Act legislation. This bipartisan comprehensive legislation includes language important to Vietnam Veterans of America, which is to extend the Caregivers benefits to Vietnam Veterans and under Subtitle I Research on Toxic Exposure, S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015. The legislation will now go to the House Veterans Affairs Committee and once both committees agree on the legislation, the bill will go to both houses for a floor vote and then to the President for signature.
United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs - http://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/majority-news
Isakson, Blumenthal Unveil Groundbreaking Veterans Legislation to Change Culture at VA Bipartisan bill will hold bad actors at the VA accountable, prohibit bonuses for poor performers, protect whistleblowers Thursday, April 28, 2016
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, today announced the Veterans First Act to begin to change the culture at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill will give the VA the tools to fire bad actors, will prohibit bonuses for employees accused of wrongdoing, and will institute protections for whistleblowers. Isakson and Blumenthal said the bill is designed to demand a higher level of accountability from the 335,000-employee department in the wake of numerous scandals over the past few years at VA facilities across the country involving serious mismanagement, misconduct and mistreatment of veterans. The Veterans First Act also includes numerous provisions to improve services for our nation's veterans, including expanding a VA program that allows seriously-injured veterans to receive care in their own homes, enhancing programs for veterans' mental health care, and beginning to address the VA's massive backlog of veteran disability claims appeals. “When people look back at what Congress accomplished this year, the Veterans First Act will be at the top of the list,” said Isakson. “The numerous scandals at the VA and the outrageous examples of employee mismanagement and misconduct have got to stop. Our veterans deserve much better than this. Our bill will begin to change the culture of corruption at the VA by giving the VA the tools it needs to hold bad actors accountable. There are numerous other provisions in our bill that will improve services for our veterans. I urge my colleagues to put veterans first and send this bill to the president as soon as possible.” “This bill assures that the nation keeps faith with veterans of all eras—fulfilling longstanding promises to veterans of new service and old,” said Blumenthal. “Accountability is vital to deter and discipline failure to deliver services that veterans need and deserve. As important as accountability are the sweeping and significant new services and programs provided to veterans of the post-9/11 era and earlier. This bill has specific significant steps to improve veterans’ health care, expand support for caregivers, stop the over-prescription of opioids, enhance education benefits for veterans and their families, and other important reforms and services. This measure is a true bipartisan and bicameral effort involving ideas from literally every member of our committee on both sides of the aisle. I hope for broad support.” The Veterans First Act makes it easier for leadership at the VA to remove employees at all levels. It holds accountable all VA leaders, including political appointees, for managing the Department. It removes the Merit Systems Protection Board, which recently reversed the demotions of three senior executives at the VA, from the appeal process for executives at the department. The bill also prohibits bonuses for employees who have been found guilty of wrongdoing and includes numerous protections for whistleblowers. Other notable provisions of the bill include the improvement and expansion of the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to provide all generations of veterans with the opportunity to receive care in their own homes, as well as the strengthening of the care veterans receive in their communities, through allowing the VA to enter into provider agreements with community doctors and ensuring those provider get paid promptly by making the VA the primary payer for services rendered under the Veterans Choice Program. Building upon the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs work throughout this legislative session, the Veterans First Act specifically:
o Changes the culture at the VA by improving accountability to make it easier for the VA Secretary to remove bad actors at all levels of the department.
o Expands the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to all generations of veterans. o Strengthens the Veterans Choice program by establishing prompt payment standards and streamlining the requirements for community medical providers to enter into agreements with the VA.
o Enhances education benefits for veterans, surviving spouses and children, and allows thousands of mobilized Reservists to earn GI Bill eligibility.
o Addresses the crisis of opioid over-prescription among veterans.
o Enhances research on the potential health effects from toxic exposure to veterans and their descendants.
o Strengthens programs to combat veteran homelessness. o Improves the disability claims and appeals process by requiring the VA to launch a pilot program that will cut down the massive backlog of appeals awaiting action.
"Finally a Voice" The Birth of VVA DVD is still availble for $15. You can order by going to:
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