• The oldest living member,  Bobby (Boats) G. Davidson, of DAV Chapter 8 passed away on December 5th.  Visitation is at Queen Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday Dec. 12th.  Mass will be at All Saints Catholic Church; 1534 N. Recker Rd.; Mesa, AZ  85205 at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.  Burial is a Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204...

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About UsWe are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America\'s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

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Good news! Comprehensive VA health care bill approved!

Last week, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved S. 2193, a comprehensive VA health care bill, which includes provisions to overhaul the agency’s community care program, provide additional funds to improve the VA health care system and extend VA’s comprehensive family caregiver program to veterans of all eras.

On December 7, 2017 DAV joined with 25 other service organizations asking all Senators to push for approval of this landmark legislation (click here to read the letter), and we need everyone who cares about veterans make sure their voice is heard.

VA has been purchasing care in the community through the Choice Program, but this program has been troubled since its rocky implementation.  S. 2193 contains numerous provisions DAV supports based on our resolutions, including one that would leave the decision to receive community care between veterans and their clinicians.  To avoid implementation challenges, Choice would continue to operate as the new program is phased in and would provide additional funds for VA to fill thousands of clinical vacancies across the country.

One of DAV’s top legislative priorities for the past few years is addressing the inequity in access to VA’s comprehensive family caregivers’ assistance program, currently limited to veterans severely injured on or after September 11, 2001.  Veterans of other eras and their family caregivers have been left to their own devices without the critical and comprehensive support from VA’s caregiver program.

Please help DAV and our allies convince the Senate to move this important legislation forward.  We ask you to send the prepared email now.

As always, thank you for your support of the Commander’s Action Network.

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08 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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The oldest living member,  Bobby (Boats) G. Davidson, of DAV Chapter 8 passed away on December 5th.  Visitation is at Queen Heaven Catholic Funeral Home, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday Dec. 12th.  Mass will be at All Saints Catholic Church; 1534 N. Recker Rd.; Mesa, AZ  85205 at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.  Burial is a Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road; Mesa, AZ  85204 at 12:30 pm.

Boats was a member of DAV chapter 8 in East Mesa.  His birthday was celebrated at the October meeting with a cake and the singing of Happy Birthday by all members.  Boats served in the Navy for 23 years.  He retired to Mesa and worked at the Mesa School District until retirement.  He loved to travel to visit friends and family.

08 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Bill to improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance introduced in the House of Representatives

On October 26, 2017, Representative On October 26, 2017, Representative Stevan Pearce (NM) introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans Life Insurance Act of 2017, a bill that would improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI).
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Currently, premium rates for S-DVI are based on the Commissioners 1941 Standard Ordinary Table of Mortality.  This legislation would no longer use mortality rates from 1941 but would be based on the current industry standards and reduce premium payments.

To apply for S-DVI today, the application must be received within two years from the last date a service-connected disability is granted.  If enacted, this bill would change the period from two years to ten years.  H.R. 4146 would also increase initial life insurance coverage from $10,000 to $95,000.

Currently, supplemental coverage is available for additional costs.  If H.R. 4146 is passed, it will increase the amount of supplemental coverage from $30,000 to $115,000.

DAV supports this bill as it aligns with DAV Resolutions Nos. 218 and 220.  Please use the prepared email or draft your own to urge your Representative to be a co-sponsor of H.R. 4146.

We appreciate your support for DAV and your grassroots efforts in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.  Your advocacy makes DAV a highly influential and effective organization in Washington, DC.  Your voice makes a difference and we would not be as effective without you.

Thank you for all you do for America’s veterans and their families.

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https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/5HFRL9Ybp0v_55NkWiiMBw introduced H.R. 4146, the Disabled Veterans Life Insurance Act of 2017, a bill that would improve Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI).

 

05 Dec, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Introducing H.R. 4369, the Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act of 2017

On November 9, 2017, Representative Maxine Waters (CA), introduced H.R. 4369, the Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act of 2017.  The bill would codify regulations on Individual Unemployability (IU) into federal law. Furthermore, H.R. 4369 would provide additional protections for IU and prohibit the VA from considering the age of the veteran or their eligibility to any retirement benefit, including Social Security, in making such determinations. The DAV supports this legislation in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 034.
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In May 2017, the Administration’s budget proposal contained a proposal that would have eliminated eligibility for VA’s IU program for thousands of disabled veterans. If enacted, it would have terminated existing IU ratings for veterans when they reach the age of 62-the minimum retirement age for Social Security benefits–as well as cut off IU benefits for any veteran already in receipt of Social Security retirement benefits. In the face of staunch opposition from DAV and other VSOs, the Administration subsequently backed away from this measure; however, the threat remains that this proposal or something like it could resurface in the future.

As we testified to Congress earlier this year, DAV is vehemently opposed to limiting disability compensation benefits, including IU, due to a veteran’s age. Many disabled veterans may not have income replacement available-especially those who have been on IU for an extended period in advance of reaching retirement age. Cutting off IU eligibility for veterans who turn 62 would compel many disabled veterans to take Social Security benefits early which significantly reduces the value of the benefit. The disabled veterans affected could thus be “doubly” penalized because they cannot work and save for retirement as do many peers of their age.  Eliminating their eligibility for IU would be grossly unfair.

H.R. 4369 would place regulations for eligibility for IU directly into law and protect IU benefits from any ill-conceived cost-saving measures in the future. We are calling on all DAV members and supporters to contact their Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 4369 to protect veterans and their families now and in the future, from these harmful proposals.

Thank you for standing with us and participating in the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

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30 Nov, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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Bill introduced to increase dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving dependents

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On October 19, 2017, Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced S. 1990, the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Improvement Act of 2017.

This bill would increase dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving dependents and would lower the threshold of eligibility to allow certain survivors to receive this benefit who currently do not meet the requirements. This measure would:

Increases DIC so that the base rate is equal to 55 percent of the rate of compensation paid to a totally disabled veteran, making it more equitable with rates provided to federal civilian employee survivors.

  • Ease the 10 year rule for eligibility and replace it with a graduated scale of benefits that begins after 5 years and increases by percentage until reaching the full amount at the 10 year mark. If a veteran is rated as totally disabled for five years and dies as a result of a non-service-connected cause, a survivor would be entitled to 50 percent of total DIC benefits. This scale continues until the 10-year threshold and the maximum DIC amount is awarded.
  • Reduce the age allowed for a surviving spouse to remarry and maintain their benefits from 57 to 55, consistent with other Federal survivor benefit programs.

If enacted, this bill would fulfill one of DAV’s legislative goals in accordance with Resolution No. 036 that was approved by our members during our most recent National Convention.  Please use the prepared e-mail or draft your own message to request that your Senators support this important legislation.

Thank you for all you do for ill and injured veterans and their families.

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29 Nov, 2017  Posted by Beth   No Comments »
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