Please Watch this Important Video from Arizona Dept. of Veterans’ Services Director Wanda Wright. Thank You!
Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL) introduced H.R. 936, a bill that would permit veterans who have service-connected, total and permanent disabilities to travel on military aircraft in the same manner and to the same extent as retired members of the armed forces are entitled to such travel.
This bill would afford priority to totally disabled veterans for transportation on scheduled and unscheduled military flights within the continental United States and on scheduled overseas flights operated by the Air Mobility Command, on a space-available basis. This measure is in accordance with DAV Resolution No. 223, which seeks the enactment of legislation to extend space-available air travel aboard military aircraft to all service-connected veterans entitled to receive compensation at the 100-percent rate.
Please use the prepared e-mail or draft your own message to request that your Representative cosponsor this important bill and ask that the measure be brought to the floor for a vote and passed as soon as possible.
Thank you for all you do for ill and injured veterans and their families.
Bill directing the Secretary of VA to establish Alzheimer’s disease research, education, and clinical centers introduced
Representative Mike Coffman (CO) introduced H.R. 5191, a bill directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish at least three Alzheimer’s disease research, education, and clinical centers within the Department.
Studies show veterans who experienced brain trauma in the course of their service are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Likewise, veterans who experience posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are twice as likely as those without PTSD to develop dementia.
VA’s Geriatric and Mental Illness research, education and clinical centers have become models of innovation which synergize the worlds of research, education and patient care using evidence-based practices to develop new patient care models and clinical treatment protocols for veterans. These laboratories also often serve to recruit or retain top-flight scarce medical practitioners from leading universities who are then available to treat veterans and educate the next generation of physicians and independent practitioners receiving training within the VA. While these clinical centers conduct geriatric research and education none are focused exclusively on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia although VA does operate centers focused on Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.
DAV Resolution 061 calls on VA to support integrated and effective models of care for veterans with dementia. Creating these new centers will assist VA in determining how best to meet the unique needs of service-disabled veterans with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and allow researchers and physicians to focus on developing best practices and effective treatments so that these veterans can be cared for with dignity, compassion and respect.
Please use the prepared letter and ask your Representative to cosponsor and pass H.R. 5191. Thank you for your support of America’s disabled veterans.
Please Contact Your Senators and Urge Them to Vote YES on Critical Legislation to Expand Caregiver Benefits and Strengthen Veterans Health Care
Earlier this week the House passed legislation to expand caregiver benefits to pre-9/11 veterans as well as begin a major reform to strengthen the VA health care system, but now we need to be sure it passes the Senate next week.
The legislation, called the VA MISSION Act, developed in collaboration with DAV and other VSOs has strong bipartisan support in the House and Senate-passing the House by a vote of 347 to 70. The bill is supported by virtually every major veterans organization, including DAV, PVA, VFW and The American Legion. Now we need to ensure that every Senator understands how important this legislation is to DAV members, their families and caregivers.
As you know, DAV has long advocated for extending comprehensive caregiver benefits to veterans injured and ill prior to September 11, 2001. Thanks to all of your efforts supporting our Unsung Heroes Initiative over the past year, this legislation would take major strides to provide equity to thousands of family caregivers currently ineligible for that benefit because they served prior to 9/11. This will be the most important vote for caregivers in almost a decade and we must be certain that Congress hears our voices.
The legislation would also consolidate VA’s community care programs and develop integrated networks of VA and community providers to supplement, not supplant VA health care, so that all enrolled veterans have timely access to quality medical care. In addition, it would provide VA with new tools to hire and retain quality health care professionals to expand VA’s internal capacity. Finally, the bill would require the development of a long-term plan to realign and modernize VA’s health care infrastructure so that its hospitals and clinics are located where veterans will need them in the future.
Please use the prepared electronic letter, or draft your own, to urge your Member of Congress to support and vote for the VA MISSION Act.
Thanks for your continuing support of America’s injured and ill veterans, their families and caregivers.
National Caregiver Support Call-In Day – Tuesday, May 15 Ask Your Representative to Support the VA MISSION Act
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the “VA MISSION Act” tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, legislation that would expand the VA Comprehensive Family Caregiver Program to veterans injured in service before September 11, 2001. This historic legislation would finally provide fairness for thousands of family caregivers of seriously injured veterans from World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
The bipartisan VA MISSION ACT, which was approved by the House VA Committee last week, would also consolidate and reform VA’s community care programs, as well as provide for the assessment and modernization of VA’s health care infrastructure.
Now, however, it is critical that the legislation pass the full House with a strong majority so that the Senate will take it up next week. To help build support in the House, DAV and other VSOs are organizing a National Caregiver Support Call-In Day TODAY to make sure our voices – and all those who support family caregivers of disabled veterans – are heard loud and clear.
So please take just a few minutes TODAY to call your Member of Congress and urge them to VOTE YES on the VA MISSION Act. And don’t’ forget to share this with your family and friends so that they can do the same!
Call Your Representative
You can find your Representative and their office phone number by entering your zip code at this website: www.house.gov/representatives/
Or you can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Representative. You can use our script to talk to the staffer you are connected with:
For Veterans/Caregivers/Family Members-
Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in Rep. [name] district.
I am calling to urge Rep. [name] to vote YES on the VA MISSION Act.
As a [veteran/caregiver/family member], I strongly support this legislation to expand VA’s comprehensive caregiver assistance program to veterans injured before September 11, 2001.
This legislation would also improve veterans’ health care by consolidating and reforming VA’s community care programs, as well as developing a plan for modernizing and realigning VA’s health care infrastructure.
Please let Rep. [name] know that the best way they can support veterans and their family caregivers is by voting YES on the VA MISSION Act.
OR you can simply call your Representative’s office and in your own words, ask them to VOTE YES on the VA MISSION Act. Typically they will take your name and message and will not ask you to answer any questions about the legislation. If they do, please feel free to refer them to DAV’s caregiver website: www.unsungheroesinitiative.org
Thanks once again for your continuing support of America’s injured and ill veterans, their families and caregivers.